They go with the territory

Every nation has borders - and for good reasons
Demonstrators for the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty & Border Surge, showcase American Flags and signs on the Main Street bridge at Interstate 15 in Hesperia, Calif, on Saturday, July 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Victor Valley Daily Press, David Pardo)

Contrary to the way some spin it, it’s not racist or elitist for a country to have borders. Borders are inherent in even having a country. It goes with the territory.

In fact, every country that we know of has them. Most control their borders better than we do, and most are far less accommodating to those who enter their countries through illegal channels.

Policing a nation’s boundaries is the most fundamental mission of a government. Why? Well, in the case of free countries, it’s in order to protect the right of the citizens within to create the kind of country they want.

A country is like a home, and the people who live there get to decide who gets invited in.

Every country has its own laws and its own customs,
traditions and culture. Any self-respecting nation would do at least the minimum to protect and preserve those laws, customs, traditions and culture.

It’s not at all mean to do it. It’s self-preservation and, again, self-respect. Nor is it mean or hateful to expect others to respect those borders, laws, customs, traditions and culture.

Neither is it xenophobic (hateful of foreigners) – which is the usual slur used to promote unfettered migration and open borders.

Fact is, respecting national borders is the opposite of
xenophobic; it’s the only way to ensure that the French stay French, the German stay German and so on.

Vive la différence! Variety is the spice of life, and our
national cultural differences are delicious.

Foreign cultures – the language, the foods, the music, the traditions – are worth protecting. Your own is worth protecting too. And the only way to protect them is through limited, legal migration that allows for assimilation.

Nor is it compassionate to allow or even encourage and reward mass illegal immigration. It’s dangerous and often fatal to the immigrants, hazardous for host nations and sadly
debilitating for those émigrés who fail to learn their new cultures and languages. It’s also quite corrosive to the rule of law.

Every country has borders. And there’s every reason for it.

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