So, controlling the borders of your nation = fascism? So, is everything fascism now?
We should note that he was responding, at least in part, to this article which argues for radically open borders
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/opin ... ation.html
This article closes by noting that (at the time of the writing) a new caravan was forming in Honduras and that we should simply "let them in."
OK, let's imagine what that would look like. Anyone who wants to come America can,
Manjoo wrote:if you passed a minimal background check, you’d be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States.
How would one conduct a background check on a random person from Honduras? I mean, you could look, but you're not very likely to find anything. What if they have no documents? What if they use a made up name? What if our system fails to find anything in coordination with a non-cooperative foreign nation? So, in they go. And this means that billions of people would have an equal right to come into the nation. And out of the billions who could legally come, how many millions would come?
The word would get out very quickly. America, sliding as all empires do into oblivion, is still in a much better position that many people around the world. And now everyone would know that all it takes to live here is to get here. And there would be many nations happy to off-load their tired, hungry, and poor to us because they themselves cannot provide basic services for them. India recently called for 90,000 railway workers and got 25,000,000 applicants. Foreign states would probably be inclined to subsidize boatload after boatload the people to immigrate. We, of course, have robust services and could care for innumerable masses of people who would now enter our nation, right? It wouldn't matter that the people streaming in were from different cultures, speaking different languages, and without job skills translating to our service economy. We can all "learn to code" I suppose?
If we want a shining example of what this would look like, we need look no further than the shining example of California which is in no way strained under the sheer mass of humanity living there. The economy is robust and policies are fair. You can find housing in Silicon Valley and San Francisco at reasonable prices (for millionaires).