A favourite, perhaps foundational quote of this site remains: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing.”
Clearly, while such men rely on moral virtue to inspire others, being ‘good’ isn’t simply enough. Doing also matters.
Consider: how are violent criminals kept from harming the broader community? Inevitably, though a degree of state- sanctioned violence and coercion to neutralise these threats.
This reality of human nature was brought to my attention, at the sight of illegal immigrants who brazenly climbed the US border fence.
While these migrants were reportedly staging a protest, I’ve since pondered solutions to these derisory acts, and how to approach illegal immigration more generally.
Now we can debate the merits of an immigration wall, increased resources for border patrol agents, or some other means. And yet, the only certain way to ensure America’s (or any other state’s) sovereignty against illegal immigrants, is the use of force. If the United States issued public warnings about this staunch commitment in securing borders, then used non-lethal (and if necessary lethal) force against oncoming illegal immigrants, illegal immigration would stop at once.
To some, this proposal may sound harsh. But given this reality has been observed from historical invasions to the present, what makes illegal immigration which is splintering the US politically, culturally and ethnically, all that different?
Evidently, tough questions about statehood and the rights of foreigners must be addressed. For anything which morally objects to militarising the US border in countering illegal immigration, is irreconcilable with understandings of state sovereignty as have existed since 1648.
“Caravan standoff at the border”, Daily Mail, April 30, 2018:
Some of the nearly 200 migrants who arrived in a caravan at the U.S. border this week have now crossed into the U.S. illegally.
On Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement saying that in the past 24 hours ‘several groups of people associated with the Central American Caravan have illegally entered the U.S. without immigration documents by climbing over the dilapidated scrap metal border fence on either side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry’.
‘In several of these incidents, children as young as four-years-old, and in one case a pregnant female, were detected entering the United States illegally through a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug trafficking,’ the statement added.
CBP San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said of those crossing illegally: ‘As a father myself, I find it unconscionable that anyone would expose a child to these dangerous conditions.’
The agency did not give an estimate of how many people associated with the group have crossed the border illegally or whether any were apprehended….