The Catholic Case Against Open Borders, by James Kalb

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By James Kalb, Crisis Magazine, August 28, 2019

James Kalb

Support for large-scale immigration has risen dramatically in America over the past 25 years, especially among Democrats and younger people. Attitudes among Republicans and older folks have remained more stable, although they have drifted somewhat in line with the general trend.

What’s striking is that the gap on this issue between Republicans and Democrats, which has now grown enormous, only began to develop around 2006. The former retain something close to their old views while the latter have moved sharply in favor. The generational gap has also grown greatly, although not as sharply or suddenly.

Leading Democrats have gotten on board with the trend. They don’t say they want open borders, of course, but they refuse to publicly support any meaningful restrictions either. The news media fully supports the tendency, and those who speak for the Church go along with the Democrats and media (as they do on most things).

But is all this a good idea? The demand for a radical reduction of controls on immigration is very recent, and no one seems to have thought it through, even though it is (like most political issues) a matter of prudential judgement. ….