Several days ago, I commented on a Facebook entry posted by someone I've known all her life. She had described closing our borders as a "conservative" (in the Newtie/GBW modern definition of 'conservative') issue, and she seemed to be calling it a distasteful, inhumane thing.
My response was, in effect, "I'm for closing the borders, but I dare you to call me a neocon!" I did not elaborate on that, and I've been feeling somewhat guilty about it ever since.
I am not in favor of closing our borders to immigration. Our country was built on the efforts of immigrants.
A quick overview of the history of immigration into this country would indicate that efforts to control immigration have not been simple or equitable.
But my comment about "closing the borders", made in haste, should have been more carefully worded.
I am very much in favor of "closing the border" to lawbreakers. My father's father immigrated from England in the nineteenth century. He became a citizen of this country in the manner prescribed at the time, along with his father and brother.
Am I alone in feeling that I'm an American, and surely must have fairly close relatives who are English? I do not know any of them, nor do I feel that any of them would be entitled to enter this country illegally, just because I happen to be here.
And even if I did know them, I would not feel that they might be entitled to enter this country illegally, just because I'm here.
Why does a significant portion of our population feel a kinship with their country of origin that precludes law? Without rules, and without consension, our civilization is jeopardized.
Our country was founded on dissension, and there is an inherent right for citizens to contest unjust law, but what can be unjust about controlling access in an organized manner, as is practiced in every civilized country.