I’m quite dismayed to see so many so-called libertarians up in arms about the recent flood of immigrants coming to the US. Lest you forget, the entire nation was built on the backs of immigrants, starting from the colonial area, right on through the industrial revolution.
Let’s say there is a way to build the perfect border fence. Let’s pretend that the US border is completely secure. Now let’s say we have a total economic meltdown, while Mexico and Candada are experiencing economic growth. On the US side of the fence, people are unemployed, homeless and beginning to starve. Wild gangs roam the streets looting and shooting anyone who opposes them. The police forces have crumbled because the dollar has imploded, leaving no means for the government to pay them. The police who remain basically make their living by doing the gangs’ and cartels’ dirty work for them.
Would you want to leave? In the situation I just described, there’s no way to get out. Fences keep people in, just as much as they keep people out. Calling for more border security to keep immigrants out is EXACTLY THE SAME as calling for more border security to keep people from leaving… and believe me, the time is soon coming when you will find yourself wanting to leave.
Watch this short speech by a boy railing against the notion of passports in Chaplin’s A King In New York. These points were made by Chaplin back in 1957.
The boy exclaims, “They have every man in a straight-jacket, and without a passport, he can’t move a toe. In a free world they violate the rights of every natural citizen. They have become the weapons of political despots. And if you don’t think as they think, you’re deprived of your passport. To leave a country is like breaking out of jail. And to enter a country is like going through the eye of a needle. Am I free to travel?”
No my son, you are not; and neither is anyone else.
The notion that immigrants are here to “steal our jobs” is absurd. In a free market, jobs are created by people, not taken by people. To blame immigrants for “taking jobs” is like arguing that the supply of jobs is finite. In a free market, the supply of jobs is infinite. There are an infinite number of useful tasks to be done that others are willing to trade resources for.
Of course, we don’t live in a free market, which is why so many people have been duped into blaming immigration for our problems. This blame is grossly misplaced. The blame for our current economic situation should be laid squarely at the feet of those who control our monetary and regulatory systems.
During the brief periods of freedom where America experienced rapid economic expansion, there were so many jobs to be done that we couldn’t get enough immigrants to fill all the positions. We’ve had such periods in our past, so it’s obviously possible for us to experience them again. However, blaming immigrants for our problems isn’t going to bring about an economic boom, and will encourage the government to take actions that prevent US citizens being able to escape should things become unhinged.
Fences do not equate to freedom.