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Emma Heffernan

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Would you vote yes to open borders?

What would a world with unrestricted movement be like?


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    Mar 2 2012: Borders function to exclude malicious or parasitic people. I would not vote to open them.
    • Mar 5 2012: Borders also function to contain malicious or parasitic people.
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        Mar 6 2012: The natural born, or naturalized citizens who are malicious and/or parasitic cannot be deported, but the border is open for them to leave America voluntarily. They are not held in by the border.The border helps to keep more of their kind from sneaking aboard the American gravy train.
        • Mar 6 2012: I find it interesting that you refer to America as a gravy train given the high unemployment rate, trillion dollar debt, skewed distribution of wealth, unaffordable private health care system, collapsed housing economy and military activity in 130 countries. I'm curious who it is that is onboard this gravy train.

          Also let's not forget that one of America's most popular holidays, Thanksgiving, is a result of 'natural born citizens' accepting immigrants who have crossed borders. I find it odd that one would be against open borders, considering that a vast majority of the population is a descendent of someone who once crossed a border.
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        Mar 6 2012: Welfare; free medical care; unemployment compensation; tax dodging; and free education are the names of some of the cars on the American Gravy Train, which keeps running on schedule despite the serious problems you point out. Remember the word "parasitic" from earlier? Many of the passengers on this train are not American citizens. That is because the border is virtually open to them. The results are altogether negative for our nation.Yes, the USA was founded by people fleeing their homeland in search of religious freedom. Those founders were not illegal aliens because North America was not a nation. The Indian nations did not establish and protect borders. Some folks like open borders, some don't. Each should live where their preferences are best met. Please let us keep our borders Mr. Bartlett.

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