I’d like to start off with I support immigration and I support borders. I do not support detaining children (unless there is a violent crime or repeat crime committed, or the safety of the child is in jeopardy). To some degree I do support illegal immigrants, I support the idea you’re of telling the gov to go fuck it’s self and entering the US illegally to give your family a better life. However I do not support the undermining of US workers, I do not support corporations exploiting illegals for cheap, unsafe, unregulated, labor. I do not support the conditions we place these illegals in by not allowing our laws to be applied to them, because when they are they’re deported or locked up instead.
Now with that said, the point of this thread is to bring attention to the fact open borders is an actual thing millions of people are talking about. I find that a bit scary or perhaps intimidating would be a better word. I’m a leftist who is against letting everyone and their mother into the country with no rules. However I’m against having people wait 20 years, or turning asylum seekers away without even looking into them. I believe Trump’s rhetoric towards these immigrants and the media portraying Trump as fucking Hitler (I don’t agree with that) has contributed greatly to the growing position on having outright open borders. I’m sure open borders has been talked about for a very long time, but now they seem to be more of a reality people actually want. I honestly believe it’s a combination of the left’s progressive movement with bernie, and the right’s hard stance on immigration, that we’re seeing more and more people want open borders. If we vote in a bunch of dems or better yet progressives, then we might actually get open borders just because people have this idea open borders are a good idea.
So does anyone agree with this idea that Trump/the right’s anti-immigration stances, the media’s portray of their stances, and the bernie crew are pushing the left towards open borders? And does anyone here actually think open borders is a good idea? If so why or why not? I’m hell bent on the moderates or centrists position on this, improve the immigration system, but don’t outright deny everyone, nor outright allow everyone in. I don’t think the current system is working too good, I think Obama did it better than Trump has. I think Obama’s policy on immigration was fine (after judges made him catch and release). If someone repeats a crime, or commits a violent crime then yeah fuck them lock em up. But if they’re just seeking asylum, or maybe they been in the US for decades, they shouldn’t be thrown out. They should be given a pathway to citizenship while already here. If people get in the country and by all means become American, then they should be given that option to become citizens instead of being thrown out. My main issue with all of this is the left’s idea that we need to have open borders. That’s absurd and I’d really like to know what dopers opinions on it would be.