From Hartford to San Diego illegal immigrants and their supporters rallied to demand abolition of ICE, the U.S. government’s immigration and customs enforcement agency.
That was in effect to demand the erasure of the country’s borders and end any control over immigration, and many protesters acknowledged as much.
In Hartford dozens of the estimated 400 protesters went further, sitting down in front of the federal building on Main Street to halt all government operations there, not just those of ICE. (Ironically, in doing so they jeopardized interviews scheduled for applicants for legal residency.) Police said 35 protesters were arrested when they would not move away from the doors.
While immigration policy is arguable as any other it is awfully presumptuous for people who have entered and remain in the country illegally to lecture citizens about that policy and proclaim they have a right to stay here when the law is otherwise. But then the agitprop for open borders is getting bolder everywhere, in part because some Democratic congressmen and state and local officials are cheering it on, figuring that their party’s future depends on proletarianizing not just the cities and California, as is already accomplished, but the whole country.
The open-borders agitprop is also getting bolder because President Trump has contaminated the immigration issue with lies and cruelty in pursuit of greater enforcement. Nobody wants to talk back to the clamor for open borders for fear of being associated with Trump or being called racist just for maintaining that immigration policy should be calculated for assimilation - calculated to prevent unskilled labor from driving wages down and religious and ethnic fanaticism from endangering secular democracy.
Some leading Democrats, like Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, have been flirting with the open-borders crowd but know better than to seem to want to blow up immigration enforcement altogether. On a network news program last weekend Blumenthal noted that the problem with ICE isn’t really the agency itself but the policies the president has set for it.
Indeed, ICE does only what the law and the administration tell it to do, just like the armed forces. Even opponents of the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, who could get just as self-righteous as the open-borders people, didn’t advocate disbanding the military. They sought only to change foreign policy.
But reuniting illegal immigrant parents and children isn’t enough for the advocates of unlimited immigration. They want everyone at the border waved through in a return to the discredited policy of “catch and release.”
The clamor for open borders is sure to get louder, encouraged by Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who suggested the other day that his country’s policy soon will be to facilitate illegal immigration to the United States, not to help its neighbor secure its borders. “We will defend migrants all over the American continent and the migrants of the world who, by necessity, must abandon their towns to find life in the United States,” Obrador said. “It’s a human right we will defend.”
A universal human right to live in the United States? That would be the end of the United States - and that’s the objective.
Chris Powell is a columnist for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut.