On the Prudence of Borders, by Robert F. Gorman

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By Robert F. Gorman, Crisis Magazine, November 9, 2018

Advocates for open borders argue that guarded and regulated borders are signs of closed societies and ultimately a violation of the dignity and rights of persons to move wherever they wish to work, to live, to seek welfare assistance, and especially to seek asylum from violent societies. But often overlooked in this new globalist creed is the right of every country to regulate, secure, and defend its borders and to determine who can come in and who can’t, especially when many immigrants abuse the asylum and immigration laws of nations.

At the dawn of the sovereign state system in 1648, the countries of Europe realized after the bloody Thirty Years War the necessity to establish a clear right of a state to have a secure territory with internationally recognized boundaries and political independence to rule its territory and population and thus restore justice and order after such devastating turmoil. Prudence demanded secure and recognized borders.

More recently, during the Cold War, prudence still encompassed a country’s right to secure borders….continue reading….crisismagazine.com/2018/on-the-prudence-of-borders