[Marxism] A debate on "Open Borders" prior to the DSA convention
jbustelo at gmail.com
Thu May 30 00:03:34 MDT 2019
I argue that presenting open borders as a demand, rather than as an
aspiration, is a mistake.
It is wrong to demand that countries that are the targets of imperialism
adopt "open borders" because abolition of their border controls and
defenses would facilitate attacks against them, primarily from the
United States. Yet viewed solely as a demand on the U.S. government, it
not only would be impractical but also lead to victimization of
refugees and other immigrants in Europe who likely would be expelled and
deported to the United States. And in the fight for immigrant and
refugee rights, it would take the focus away from the fight for
legalization of the undocumented and accepting Central American refugees.
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