Trump should close the border to people, but not to commerce
By Peter Morici
Apr 15, 2019 | 6:00 AM
Cowed by the media speech police, CEOs neglect to relate one simple truth: The president can close the border to the movement of people but continue to permit the flow of commercial vehicles carrying goods and air travel for business.
American civilization, indeed Western civilization, faces an existential challenge much greater than Russian militarism, President Xi’s autocratic capitalism and election tampering. Some 750 million people worldwide would like to migrate — mostly to America and Western Europe.
China and Southeast Asia have accomplished great economic progress but poor protection of human rights and too few opportunities to escape poverty remain endemic.
“They are decapitating the entire department,” a Department of Homeland Security official ominously told the Washington Post of this week’s alarming purge that resulted in forcing the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, pulling the pick to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement and firing the Secret Service director.
By S.E. Cupp
Apr 09, 2019 | 10:42 AM
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the expense and physical difficulties of picking up and leaving made an open immigration policy not particularly threatening to America. The European origins of most immigrants — other than the Chinese who came to work on the railroads — made assimilation easy.
Radical liberals who have now captured the Democratic Party, mainstream media and university faculties refuse to admit it, but European ideals about the value of the individual and the efficacy of free markets and democracy made America possible — in particular, our prosperity and political freedoms. If immigration is not to dilute these, America must acculturate new arrivals to those values or risk an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tyranny that lowers conditions in places like Chicago to those in Caracas.
Rewards for investing and innovating make capitalism run, but those beget inequality. Our social compact to keep the engine going is a robust social safety net — we can debate how much but not whether it is needed.
Like all societies, America depends on schools to teach children its values and the efficacy of our political and economic arrangements. Unfortunately, liberal authoritarianism endemic to America’s universities denigrates the character and values of white Europeans who established our republic and flat out teaches socialism is good and free markets are bad. And the government owes everyone not just a helping hand to become productive but an income for life if they don’t care to exert themselves to acquire a useful skill or to work at all.
Cowed by the media speech police, CEOs neglect to relate one simple truth: The president can close the border to the movement of people but continue to permit the flow of commercial vehicles carrying goods and air travel for business. That would keep goods and services flowing but quell the hungry hoard.
Until such time as the Democrats in Congress and liberal judges stop impeding reasonable immigration enforcement, closing the border is the only reasonable answer.