How's this for a clever headline? Jorge Ramos Uses Wall… but Wants Open Borders for Y’all.
Senor Ramos got some attention in the conservative media recently because of the way he tried to barge into the queue instead of waiting his turn at a Donald Trump question and answer forum. Ramos is an ardent defender of illegal immigration, and the symbolism was rich.
Anyway, Patrick Courrielche penned the referenced article. And his point is that Ramos sends his children to an exclusive school that likely isn't available to the average anchor baby. Courrielche makes a point:
Mr. Ramos’ open border policy has an interesting side effect, though. It burdens our public schools with the children of illegal immigrants that pull resources from our kids – and disproportionately so in at-risk minority communities. In places like California, as much as 13.2% of K-12 public school students are children of illegal immigrants. This open border policy has likely dragged down our schools academically as well – helping pave the way for the federal government to intervene with hugely unpopular learning standards and standardized tests in a clumsy attempt to boost lagging test scores.
Coincidently, an open border has the added benefit of increasing Mr. Ramos’ potential TV audience. What a fantástico business model!
The (not so) funny thing is that Jorge Ramos actually shelters his kids from the effects of the very policy he so adamantly advocates. How, you may ask? Well, Mr. Ramos sends his kids to elite private schools, including a Miami preK-12 school with tuition that reaches above $30,000 a year per student. I think it’s fair to say most illegal immigrants aren’t footing that bill.
Well, everyone with a position on the border policy has a motive. Those wanting an open border are expecting some sort of gain, whether it's cheap labor or something as simple as more votes for Democrats. Those who want border security think there's something far bigger at stake. Elizabeth Price Foley sums it up nicely:
Any country (or federation of countries, as with the EU) that wishes to protect its sovereignty and citizens (which is the very purpose of government) must control its borders. It’s really that simple. While one cannot help but have empathy for those individuals fleeing economically or politically volatile countries, the solution is to help stabilize those countries, not tolerate ongoing massive, disruptive shifts in population, which only leads to destabilization of stable democracies (republics), which in turn, holds the potential to destabilize the world.
As someone else once said, if you open the borders of a prosperous nation you are welcoming that nation's future rulers.