Former President Barack Obama recently described the idea of the United States having open borders “unsustainable,” just before making a call for the immigration system to be reformed.
The comments were made during an interview on Good Morning America, where the former president explained that immigration reform is such a tough issue to deal with in the U.S. because so many people want to “help others,” so fixing the system is something that is “long overdue.”
Obama’s comments come after more than 15,000 Haitian migrants camped underneath an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande to seek asylum in the U.S.
“As big-hearted as he is, nobody understands that better than Joe Biden,” Obama went on to add.
“The question is now: Are we gonna get serious about dealing with this problem in a systemic way, as opposed to these one-offs where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies? And I think that that’s something that every American should wanna put an end to,” the former president continued, making a reference to the release of images and videos that allegedly showed mounted Border Patrol agents whipping Haitian migrants who were trying to cross the border illegally.
“It is heartbreaking, and it is, I think, one of those situations in which if you have a system that overall is dysfunctional, you are going to get episodes in which what’s happening right in front of you is something that nobody wants,” he said.
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Obama explained that while immigration may be a difficult issue because Americans want to help others in need, specifically when they see “families that are desperately trying to get” to the U.S. in order to escape from “violence or catastrophe,” that there are also rules and laws.
“We’re a nation-state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter, is unsustainable,” Obama then said.
Following the situation in Del Rio, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has admitted that more than 12,000 Haitian migrants that had been living in the camp had been released into the U.S. after previously stating that the camp under the bridge had been cleared out.
There are a number of reasons why we can’t have open borders. One, we don’t have the resources to care for all of these people, and most of them will need medical care, housing, and food. These are in short supply as is.
Secondly, there’s the possibility of criminals mixing in with the large crowds who would flood into our nation, and that puts our own people at risk of being victims of violent crime. That would be immoral.
If we want to be our own sovereign country, we need to have borders and the laws governing those borders need to be enforced.