Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Libertarians require open borders

The Libertarian magazine Reason reports:
The Libertarian Party (L.P.) has always stuck up for mobility rights unencumbered by political barriers—in other words, for open borders. ... "A truly free market requires the free movement of people, not just products and ideas," the party platform's immigration plank declares.

So one key question for the five-term Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a former Republican who recently joined the L.P., is whether he will advance this commitment or dilute it if he succeeds in getting the party's presidential nomination. ...

This was evident during Saturday's L.P. presidential debate in Kentucky, when Jacob Hornberger, the founder of the libertarian think tank Future of Freedom Foundation, raved about the party's 1990 platform that unambiguously called for the "elimination of all restrictions on immigration [and] the abolition of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Border Patrol." He castigated Amash, ... Meanwhile, Jo Jorgensen, the 1996 L.P. nominee for vice president, promised to "immediately stop construction on President Trump's border wall boondoggle, and work to eliminate quotas on immigration so that anyone who wishes to come to America could do so legally." She asked Amash point blank if he would do the same. He refused to answer — just as he did repeated requests from Reason for an interview for this piece.
Amash has flunked the ideological purity test, and has dropped out of the Presidential race. He cannot get the support of the Libertarian Party unless he endorses open borders.

The same is true of Joe Biden and the Democrat Party.

This is all very short-sighted, because open borders is national suicide.

Immigrants would be more likely to ban the Libertarian Party, than to become Libertarians. If you value American freedom, then open borders are the last thing you want.

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