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Do you support open borders (why/why not)?

Asked by Demosthenes (14992points) January 21st, 2021

Let’s just put this question out here. This is purely hypothetical. I am not saying that Biden is going to open the borders. I was inspired by what someone said in another thread: should traveling between the U.S. and Mexico be as easy as traveling between California and Nevada? Why or why not?

Please no one-word “yes” or “no” answers. I’m interested in the reasons behind the answers.

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hello321's avatar

You should specify what the borders are open to.

- human beings
– capital
– foreign interference (money, etc)
– military (bombs, no-fly zones, etc)

Some people are against humans having the right to flee the violence created when the other things listed are able to move across borders.

Demosthenes's avatar

@hello321 I’m specifically talking about humans.

hello321's avatar

^ Ok. The interesting follow-up to any answer would be: Why just humans? Aren’t the others inextricably related?

chyna's avatar

Otters? Can otters cross?

janbb's avatar

@chyna Only if they need to get to the otter side!

hello321's avatar

Otters? Hell yeah!

Aster's avatar

I’m not shy: NO. Why not? There are many untreated diseases, some unknown, south of the border. Hundreds of thousands of people want to knock down the wall to ‘get a job.’ We dont have that many to give.
Most of our drugs come from Mexico.
I am not a racist. My second best friend was born and raised in Mexico. She tells me stuff. My yard guy is a real cute Mexican. The wall won’t stop the influx; but it slows it down.

Yellowdog's avatar

No legal immigrant from Latin America wants open borders. They know what they fled from.

hello321's avatar

@Aster: “I am not a racist.” “My yard guy is a real cute Mexican.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

All I know is that I don’t want the cruel inhumanity at the border that marked trump’s reign.
Having said that, reasonable laws governing our borders is not out of line.

canidmajor's avatar

I want the otters, too.

Aster's avatar

@hello321. Right. My yard guy is a real cute Hispanic, then. lol I’m not taking it back. What’s the difference? So now if you say something POSITIVE about Mexicans you’re racist . My last three yard guys were rude Hispanics. Is that racist too?
It’s impossible to ‘get it right.’

mazingerz88's avatar

Open borders specifically for travel and leisure purposes. Yeah why not? Good for tourism industry in both sides. My only concern…more drugs getting across.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I don’t mind open borders. Frankly, immigration is not something that concerns me greatly.

@Aster “Most of our drugs come from Mexico.”

The drugs are going to get in no matter what. As long as there is a demand there will be someone there to serve that demand. Close it up as tight as you want, if the Devil wants in, he’ll get in.

BTW: Anecdotal, but I once had a great-uncle who was member of the KKK. He lived down in south Texas and had a mistress south of the border. Once can find a person attractive and still feel that person is beneath them.

(Not saying anyone here is or is not racist, just saying that physical attraction doesn’t necessarily dispel racism.)

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