By Inger Eberhart, March 23, 2020
The Wuhan, China/Coronavirus/nCoV-2019/COVID-19 has impacted the world like nothing seen since the Spanish Flu. According to Johns Hopkins and as of this writing, Thursday, 3/19 at 9:05 p.m. EST there are 242,191 confirmed cases; 9,843 deaths and 84,962 recoveries. Countries around the globe are closing their borders to outsiders; just like that, the borders are closed.
I’m old enough to remember when the open borders crowds were yowling at how cruel it is to enforce our immigration laws. So, let’s use just a few of their arguments in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
- The immigration system is “broken“
Well, surely the immigration system is still broken, is it not? The COVID-19 public health crisis does not magically fix a decades old immigration system. Democrats and Republicans who took it upon themselves to initiate and support Comprehensive Immigration Reform are noticeably silent.
- Immigration improves our economy
Our economy suffers like never before. One day record highs and lows for the S&P 500, Dow Jones, and other indices were broken continuously. It has occurred in the past six weeks; that’s what is so shocking. 401k’s, investment accounts, and even bank accounts have been decimated. Surely, we could use immigration now more than ever, right? We need immigrants to do those “Jobs Americans won’t do.”
- We should be like Europe; Europe opened its borders, the sky didn’t fall
COVID-19 is ravaging parts of Europe like no other. Italy and Spain are in the grips of this horrid disease. The heartbreak and heartache must be unbearable. Once we get through this, they, and other countries, will need our prayers and compassion. As a part of the European Union, these countries agreed to allow free travel between them. At this point, to protect their country, and others, they have agreed to close their adjoining borders.
Canada, the U.S., and Mexico never agreed to open borders. However, the U.S. and Canadian borders were still being violated. COVID-19 has caused the three nations to rethink borders. As seen in the video, non-essential travel is prohibited across the borders.
Surely, the sky hasn’t fallen in Europe and it won’t fall in North America because we have agreed to respect each other’s borders.
- It’s dumb for “undocumented immigrants” to be the victims of legislation
I agree completely. It is dumb for “undocumented immigrants” to be the victims of legislation. As I stated earlier, “undocumented immigrants” are like unicorns; neither exist. So, “undocumented immigrants” are not the victims of legislation. Our immigration laws pertain to illegal aliens as defined via federal law. During this unprecedented crisis and out of an abundance of caution and concern, we are advised not to congregate in groups larger than 10, stay in our homes, and more. As a nation and culture, we enjoy and anticipate gathering with our family, friends, neighbors, and communities. COVID-19 has made us all “victims of legislation,” has it not?
In short, enforcement of our immigration laws is a matter of political will because just like that, our borders are closed.