National Borders and the Value of America as a City On a Hill
This essay was the basis of a presentation at the program “Stop Open Borders: Say No to Poverty, Crime, and Tyranny” on July 29, 2020, hosted by the Gray Republican Committee. A video of the presentation, along with videos of the other speakers, is listed on the GRC YouTube Channel.
Aug 4, 2020
I start with a question—a dilemma that does indeed have an answer.
How can good-hearted, ethical, moral people make the suggestion to “stop open borders”? The first few words of John 3:16 are: “For God so loved the world.” With imagination, one can sense that God looks down at the world and sees all human beings, of every color, race, creed, and nationality, as sacred individuals born with the light of God dwelling in their hearts.
How then can borders be supported? Are we not all brothers and sisters under one God? When I was twenty-five, I stood at the border of Mexico, with my fingers stretched through the chain-link fence that separated God’s children, and said to myself that I wanted to tear the border down.
This is the transcendent religious view of the human family that has presented Christians and other loving individuals with a tremendous dilemma that has now been hijacked by the Marxist Left as a weapon against America. When I use the term “the Left,” I am not referring to classical, freedom-loving liberals. I’m talking about the leftists who were fostered by the Jacobins of 1789 and fed by Marx and Lenin, and who had no problem at all with the bloodshed of guillotines and the mass murders of over a hundred and fifty million people in the twentieth century.
Those dangerous and destructive leftists are alive and well in America today, and work within universities, the media, Hollywood, Big Tech, corporate boardrooms, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa. Their influence is substantial at all levels of the Democratic Party.
The Left is diabolically clever and uses love and conscience and guilt as instruments to sway people to their cause. They are master manipulators and propagandists and have been so effective in their work over the last sixty years that the Left now owns the cultural and political narrative. Conservatives are almost always on the defensive, constantly accused of being hateful and bigoted and ungenerous by a Left that uses the word “love” as punctuation between calls to actions that can only be described as hateful and totalitarian. They call for “No more hate” as they burn buildings to the ground.
Freedom-loving liberals and conservatives must reclaim the narrative from the Left and clearly occupy the moral high ground. Joe Biden’s web page on immigration contains a good example of moral dishonesty and Leftist accusation in the text that states:
How can anyone who believes in love ignore the tragic photo of the El Salvadoran national Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his two-year-old daughter Valeria? They drowned on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the edge of the Rio Grande near the bridge between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas.2 Their deaths were tragic and unnecessary.
It was not, however, the fault of anyone in the United States, in spite of Joe Biden’s specious propaganda. Their deaths were unnecessary because the father was trying to bring his family across the border illegally and sadly died with his daughter in the attempt. If he had followed the law, they might not be in America today, but they would probably be alive.
The Left knows that people of conscience cannot ignore these tragedies and use that reality to push an agenda that has nothing to do with compassion for the reported victims.
Let’s examine the agenda of the Left and the Democratic Party leaders who are pushing for open borders. For those who doubt that the Left is calling for open borders, I refer to the “New Way Forward Act” that was introduced by Democratic Illinois Representative Jesús García in December 2019, with forty-three co-sponsors. In the words of Matthew Tragesser from the Federation for American Immigration Reform:
The Left is fond of Orwellian Newspeak and might say, “But no! We’re not for open borders. We just want to help the downtrodden.” Their policies and laws might not use the term “open borders,” but when legislation “decriminalizes illegal entry,” it becomes clear to the hordes of illegal aliens waiting in the wings that the borders of the United States are open to all.
The Left speaks about love and compassion for all the people who are so desperate to enter the United States. They state that the border wall is evil and illegal aliens, whom they describe as “undocumented immigrants,” have every right to live and work in America, and if you don’t agree with that, well then, you’re a hater and a bigot, and most likely a white, conservative Christian, which explains it all.
But, here’s a thought experiment: imagine that most of the illegal aliens who have poured across our border over the last decade or so had clearly articulated their support for Republicans and, most recently, for Donald Trump. Would the Democratic Party be pushing for open borders and voting rights for undocumented immigrants? Of course not. This scenario does not have to be proven. It’s simply common sense. This one fact reveals the hypocrisy of the open borders advocates.
Let’s do a second thought experiment:
Peter Falkenberg Brown is a native of Portland. He's the Chairman of the Gray Republican Committee and is the Info/Web Committee Chair for the Cumberland County Republican Committee. He's passionate about writing, publishing, public speaking and film.