Sarah Hooker of the Migration Policy Institute, a think tank on immigration that professes an independent stance, has a forward looking attitude. “Of course border and immigration policy has an impact on schools. But we can only talk about border policy going forward. Education is one of the basic services states have to provide.” In other words, according to Hooker and the Migration Policy Institute, and many others, the illegals already in the country is a done deal. It’s over. It’s done. You can argue how to integrate them into society, and how to pay for things like public schooling, but not whether illegals should be integrated or deported. And the reason is not merely a liberal attitude towards immigration, but rather a matter of logistics: you can’t possibly deport millions of them, or even a significant percentage. So you have to accept one of largest collective violations of law ever. The border is a logistical construct defined by economics and social policy, not a constitutionally defined limit, according to this widespread view.

This sets a precedent – likely a constitutional one should any legislation that is finally passed by Congress and not vetoed by this or any other President be challenged by one side or the other in court and should it reach the SCOTUS – which makes the constitution conditional in essence. If a problem is too tough, and too expensive, and involves too many people, then the law will have to be bent or even ignored. And when that happens immigration activists will attempt to have the right of free movement across international borders legally defined and enshrined. The 1948 Declaration of Human Rights already lists freedom of movement as a right, but only a right to move freely within one’s country, to leave one’s country freely, and to return to one’s country freely. The right to enter a foreign country freely was understandably left out and it is this missing piece of the puzzle that the activists are looking to have enshrined and then enforced. And what a wonderful precedent do we have in the USA! Activists like open borders’ John Lee writes in his blog, “Of course, we would always abolish or minimize border controls, as literal open borders would suggest. But we would also simply offer visas to anyone who applies for them, (subject to standard exclusion for people bearing diseases, weapons, or criminal intent of course.)” Aside from quibbling semantically over how a border guard would detect someone “bearing criminal intent” in John Lee’s utopia, we have the view that it would be a routine matter controlling for disease, guns, and criminals in a world where all applicants get a visa.

Obama, won’t quite say it, but we are a lot closer to John Lee’s world than we realize when we take a logistical rather than a constitutional view of the nation’s borders. And it bears repeating that many in the business community essentially share the logistical view of the border. This is a key time for defining what America’s borders actually mean and what a nation’s border actually means across our globe. Emerging GOP candidates like Scott Walker are already backpedalling on previous comments over the border and immigration. Walker should realize that even if Wisconsin seems like a long way from Arizona and the border with Mexico, that border is a lot closer to his home state than he had realized. Maybe Scott Walker should read John Lee’s blog. And think a little about where he stands on immigration.

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