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Progressive Arguments for Open Borders

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 08:57 PM

Open borders is a concept that not only refers to physical borders but also political borders that restrict the free movement of humanity. Liberal progressives assert that there are arguments to made for opening our borders that would benefit not only immigrants but the U.S. as well.

Open Borders: The Case, a blog that discusses arguments for and against the concept of open borders, offers the following "egalitarian" reasons that progressives typically use to make the case for open borders:
  • Equal opportunity
  • End of poverty
  • Removing global apartheid

Michael Lind, the author of "Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States" and co-founder of the New America Foundation, wrote a piece for Salon in which he outlines possible motivations that liberal progressives might have in supporting open borders.

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Lobbing an accusation at progressive thought leaders, Lind said, "Consider the editors of the Nation, in an editorial ... shows the tendency of liberals to view immigration policy through the lens of anti-racism."

Some progressives push back on arguments over natural security that urge tightened border security.

Jim Wallis, a well-known Christian progressive, used the Syrian refugee crisis, to bring a spotlight on America's treatment of immigrants, in an op-ed he wrote for The Huffington Post.

Invoking the Bible's Matthew 25, he appealed to Americans' morality to "welcome the stranger."

Wallis also implied the harsh border restrictions around the world have created a boon for human traffickers.

Some pundits, however, have called upon progressives to rethink their stand on open borders, warning that it's one thing to be kind but another to not exert care over immigration reform that could ultimately bring more problems for the nation.

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