Despite the impractical and damaging consequences that an open borders policy would bring about, many individuals and companies still stick to that message.
In particular, Heineken, the Netherlands-based beer brewer popular with U.S. customers, printed an open borders message on the side of every one of its bottles – a likely jab at President Trump’s efforts to keep our country safe. (via WND)
Heineken’s message advocating a world without borders goes as follows:
“Here’s to an Open World: To a world without borders or barriers. To the belief that there’s more that unites us than divides us. To finding common ground. So raise a bottle with the person next to you. Because a stranger is just a friend you haven’t had a cold Heineken with yet. Open your world.”
Heineken also released a four-minute commercial emphasizing this.
Many have found themselves justifiably upset by the message, seeing that it looks like an attack on Trump’s efforts to secure the nation with tighter border and immigration screening.
Sentiments are brewing against the beer manufacturer even across the Atlantic Ocean, as conservatives in Europe find the message to be ill-timed and distasteful, considering some of the most recent bombings that have taken place.
William Gheen, president and founder of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, explained that there are many corporations that push for an open borders agenda. As he puts it, “Why is it that Americans can’t enjoy a TV show, a beer, use a social-media website or buy something online without being lectured by or contributing to some global socialist cause?”
Gheen brings up a valid point, and brings up the question: Why haven’t the proponents of this utopian message realized that open borders are not only unrealistic but compromise the security of everyone?
The proper function of government is to protect the individual rights of its citizens, as well as guarding their safety as a nation. In a situation with completely open borders, it becomes impossible to ensure that everyone entering the nation isn’t a potential threat to its citizens.
Even worse, open borders would create a “race to the bottom” regarding social services. Unchecked immigration would flood countries that provide social benefits and services, with the majority of these immigrants being poor or uneducated. Social welfare and benefits would buckle and eventually break under the strain. This isn’t to disparage immigrants at all, but to make a factual point.
In reality, those most hurt by open borders would be legal immigrants and historically low-income households. An open borders situation would see an influx of immigrants competing with them for jobs that do not require education or skills.
Sadly, many companies are promoting such a viewpoint because it gives them a larger pool of cheap labor to draw from. Mass immigration undoubtedly increases inequality, and as any Econ 101 student would say, increasing the supply of labor will cause a decrease in price/wages. (via The Guardian)
These companies will most likely continue pushing their agendas unless their customers express their disagreement with their wallets. Thankfully, Trump and his administration have not yet — nor do they seem ever likely — to forsake their commitment to the American people to keep this nation safe and secure.