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Broken Borders Around the World

Illegal immigration is a global problem. Failed states, or partially failed states, send waves of refugees and economic migrants streaming to where they believe they will find better opportunity. As they come from failed states, they are unaccustomed to living under the rule of law. That is, to living in a state where the rule of law is applied in a reasonably just manner. As such, they are desperately willing to do just about anything to reach their goal. In Budapest Hungary, the train station has been shut down these last few days to allow authorities to clear the station of illegals from the Middle East and Central Asia mostly, desperate to get on a train for Austria. Where they then get on a train for Germany. And some will likely take a few more trains to Calais in France in the hope of crossing the channel into the UK.

Australia has a tough policy to deal with the boat people who pile into rusty vessels and head south from Southeast Asia having also come from Afghanistan in some cases. They are forced away from the country's shores and taken to detention centers offshore or on Papau New Guinea, for example. Some boats return to their country of origin. South Africa is a magnet for Zimbabweans fleeing the economic chaos and authoritarianism of their home country. In South Arica the hand at the border is a little less severe than in Oz: they are called irregular immigrants and there is a move to provide them with documentation. President Zuma, however, has stated that illegal immigrants won't be tolerated and his son Edward caused a fuss by saying that foreigners were "taking over the country."

Aside from failed states sending out desperate migrants, there is the case of entry points as well. Hungary is at the end of a long path up through Turkey, Greece, the rest of the Balkans, and into Eastern Europe in the hope of gaining entry into the EU core countries. The other route of course is across the Mediterranean into Italy and Spain. And in Spain you can try to scale the barbed wire fence surrounding the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla; both on the Moroccan coast. As well, in Spain - as also the case in America - many Latin Americans arrive on a flight with a visa and then overstay.

Can America and it's partners in the EU actually rebuild failed states? And solve the problem at its source? The evidence in the Middle East and Afghanistan suggests not. That leaves two options: ensure the borders are reasonably secure and actually mean something; or build lots of holding centers and accept the fact that you will receive a steady stream of illegals that you must find a way to accommodate into your society. Most target nations try to do a little of both. Some defend their border more rigorously like Australia. A particularly perverse case is Argentina - much loved by immigration activists by the way - with a non-existent northern borders across which Paraguayans, Bolivians, and Peruvians stream and head straight to ghettos in Buenos Aires where they happily participate in an enormous drug trade and other illegal activities. And the government is suspected of, at best, turning a blind eye, or even participating in, the drug trade.

So between the examples of Australia and Argentina, one can safely assume that most Americans would choose the former in terms of its immigration policy. The border is a legal definition. You ignore it, and you ignore the law, and you invite lawlessness - by definition but also by extension.

Posted by AllardK at September 3, 2015 2:59 PM
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Well posted, Allardk. Instead of globalism that knocked the pins from wealthy nations capable of doing something to help the world, we need to maintain a strong manufacturing/production capability and with that a strong R%D capability and a strong middle class.

Then we could better help the developing world with aid, loans , and help to build infrastructure, transportation and the like.

From my perspective the most blame for the ME crisis, largest migration since WWII, Russia in the Baltics, China and Russia playing war of the Alaskan coast can be placed on the Executive. Portraying weakness and a lack strong leadership just won’t cut it, IMO.

Otherwise - - -

Posted by: roy ellis at September 4, 2015 4:45 PM
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