The Case Against Open Borders: My Response to Austin Petersen

Thoughts on Open Borders, American Sovereignty and National Security

By Lee Enochs
Princeton, New Jersey

I am opposed to open borders. I know this may be disappointing to some of my Libertarian friends who believe in free mobility and unbridled free trade.

In political jargon an “open border” is the removal of a geographical border that distinguished one nation from the next and that enables free movement of people between different jurisdictions with limited or no restrictions on movement.

I am vigorously opposed to any notion of “open borders” and believe my good friend and Libertarian breakout star Austin Petersen was mistaken today when he posted on Facebook that “Libertarians believe in open borders and sovereignty is statism.”

Now, Austin Petersen is a great guy and I respect what he has accomplished at the Libertatian Republic and what he did this past election cycle. Open border disagreement notwithstanding, I very much wish he instead of Gary Johnson was the Libertarian Presidential nominee.

Yet, I believe the “open borders” position is a very weak one and contrary to Petersen’s thesis, national sovereignty and border security is not in any way a gateway to “statism,” the political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.

As a capitalist who has published a book on entitled, “A Biblical Defense of Capitalism,” I beg to differ that protecting one’s border and national sovereignty in away leads to state control of the economy.

Contrary to Petersen’s contentions, I strongly believe in national sovereignty, the idea that independent nations, which have declared their independence, have an organized government and are self-contained, have a right to exist without other nations interfering.

I believe without national sovereignty we would have no United States of America and that it is possible to have free enterprise with tightly controlled borders.

For the record, I believe illegal immigration is a major problem in this country and needs to be brought under control.

Mr. Petersen should know that illegal immigration is a massive burden to American security and our economy. We spend billions of dollars each year protecting our borders from illegal immigration and even more money on entitlements to illegal aliens who drain our economy after they bolt from their country to our own.

Opening our borders and making immigration to America free to everyone who wants to move here would be an undue burden to our economy for most of these individuals would not have jobs for a prolonged time period after migrating here.

Open borders is a very bad idea. It would bankrupt our economy, threaten our national security, undermine our national sovereignty and further eradicate our national identity.


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