Let all those proponents of “Open Borders” take down the fences surrounding their property, let them remove the locks from their front doors and then come preach to us on the merits of their chosen ideology.

Although things may sound good in theory, especially if you are looking at it from the safety of your distant home with its picket fence and the double locks on your doors, it is not quite the same when it is happening to you and yours.

Some of us who have experienced invasions; who have seen everything we had worked for over a lifetime taken from us overnight and have been turned into refugees running for our very lives; we bring first-hand experience to what we say; this is not an ideology that we have adopted one night because we’ve read about it and liked that idea.

I have been a refugee, still classified as one; my grandmother was a refugee sixty years before me; I was born and raised in a part of the world that is constantly in turmoil, a part of the world foreign powers have always coveted and repeatedly brought strife to. Our concern here is not that we may be mugged when we go out the house at night. Our concern is that the little that has been left to us will be taken away too. All of it and leave us with nothing to rebuild on.

I mention migrants in my writings, floods of “illegal immigrants” and some chose to change that to “refugees” when they respond in comments to add the “humane factor” to their argument. We know what the difference is and no other people have shown more compassion toward refugees than the Greeks. We don’t help them on foreign lands and as volunteers because it will look good on our CVs, because then we can claim to be “hardened activists”. We are the unfortunate people on the spot and if we don’t help, nobody else will. We have been in their place and we know what it means to have been driven out of your home.

I like my borders, I like the fence around my property and the locks on my doors, I like the sense of security they afford me. I welcome people to my house but those I choose to. I don’t enjoy my home, my country being turned into a free for all, just because some “intellectual” in a safe country thousands of miles away believes in this impractical ideology.

  • groundzero66

    Just testing my old DISQUS account…

  • groundzero66

    it worked!

  • Kevin Ryan

    I absolutely agree. I am an American, as I think you know, and I am proud that I am from the pre-eminent “country of immigrants”. But any functioning nation-state has to have an immigration policy. If you look at the history of the U.S., you’ll see that there have been ups and downs, ebbs and flows, of immigration to this country. From 1880 to 1920, it was non-stop, an incredible flood of new people, mostly from southern and eastern Europe, as opposed to the western European immigrants of earlier times. A nativist (white european) reaction set in, and a massive political movement and feeling to staunch this constant flow prevailed politically. So that by 1924, we had drastically curtailed immigration, and made our standards for entry (in terms of skill levels, education levels, health) far more rigorous. It stayed like this for 40 years, before the Immigration Act of 1964 took us back to an Open Door policy.

    But 1924 to 1964 is also approximately the precise era when American Labor won by far most of its concessions and power, and when a vast middle class was created in this country, consisting of what would have been considered working class and even struggling people before that. I believe we are currently in a similar spot to 1924 here — many Americans feeling it’s time to slow the flow of immigration for a while, and really assimilate the tens of millions of people we’ve received in the past few decades alone. A functioning nation-state needs to preserve its sense of nationhood, and part of that is ethnic. I’m all for Warren Beatty’s call as Bulworth, for us to become one mixed golden race. I have a Black daughter and two grand-daughters, and my life partner is a Nuyorican. I care not about race, color or creed. But can we make this tremendous transformation into a truly world people, at a rate and in a way that does not make enormous numbers of our population frightened, frustrated and disempowered? I think we can, and I think it has nothing to do with prejudice or racism.

  • Kevin Ryan

    And BTW, just to elaborate — that “golden race” that I believe America is destined to become — that goes for THIS nation. That is not the case for Greece, or Cyprus, or Jamaica, or Russia, Iran, Sweden, Ghana, China, India or almost anywhere else (maybe Canada and Australia share this kind of destiny with us here in the US) — at least for the foreseeable future. I believe that mixing is an enormous part of the Soul-Contract of the entity called the United States of America, and a core part of anything that is worth keeping in our identity. But I’m not saying that for ALL countries. I would feel perfectly comfortable with a nativist Jamaican movement to keep Jamaican Black African, if millions of Germans and Russians started to descend upon it. In fact, I would support it.

  • Jane Juanita O’Leary

    Well stated George. Btw, I too am a political refugee but understand when boundaries are needed.