In 1939, a boat of 900 persecuted Jews fleeing Germany arrived in the United States and asked for refuge. They were turned away. After trying and failing to get refuge in several other countries, this ship had to return to Europe. It is now known as “The Voyage of the Damned” as 254 of those people were murdered in the Holocaust.
Many times when someone criticizes America, another person will say, “Just go live somewhere else if you don’t like it here.” I agree with that sentiment. I don’t think anyone should be locked into the country they have the fluke of being born into. Imagine how quickly dictatorships would fall if open borders were allowed. People would just leave until the dictator had no support left, then revolution would be easy. Imagine how many more brilliant people could start businesses or make new scientific discoveries if they were free. The world would be a much happier and freer place.
The image below of a migrant who had hoped to make a better life for his family and drowned trying to avoid ICE has moved many people.
We are an immensely wealthy nation that could help all of these South American migrants multiplied by thousands and it would not change our GDP one percent. We have a moral duty as people lucky to be born free in a rich country to help others less fortunate. The only difference between turning away the boatloads of Jews fleeing Hitler and sending them back to their deaths, and the migrants now is the name of the dictator and the ethnicity of the refugees. People in 1941 said “not my problem” too. Millions died.
Pepsi vs Coke is an agree to disagree situation. Sending desperate migrants fleeing murderous dictators back to their home countries is most emphatically not.
Also, for those of you who claim to be Christian: