Open Borders Go Both Ways

I was considerably dismayed when I read about John McCain’s point man on immigration, a renowned open-borders advocate. Dr. Juan Hernandez is a citizen of both Mexico and the United States, and is on record calling for an abolition of any enforcement whatsoever of the border between the two nations. Indeed, he famously said about the Southwest: “it’s not two countries, it’s just a region.”

This isn’t just some guy spouting off. Dr. Hernandez served in Mexican President Vicente Fox’s cabinet, as “Minister of Mexicans Living In The United States.” At the same time, he also taught at the University of Texas, meaning he was an employee of both the government of Mexico and the state of Texas.

This statement, naturally, has a lot of Americans a bit miffed. And understandably so.

But I think we might want to consider taking Dr. Hernandez’ idea up and trying it out, seeing how well it works. Maybe giving it a “test run” in very controlled circumstances and evaluating the results. Maybe the United States and Mexico can form a truly unique partnership in global history, disregarding issues such as borders and documentation and immigration and legal status laws.

And I think the perfect test case presents itself with one Cesar Laurean.

Cesar Laurean, if you don’t recognize the name, is the United States Marine who is charged with murdering a fellow marine, Maria Lauterbach. (Lauterbach was 8 months pregnant when she was killed.) Laurean was awaiting trial on charges he sexually assaulted Lauterbach when her burned body was discovered buried in his back yard. He fled, and apparently has been seen back in his native Mexico.

Under Mexican law, if he is arrested in Mexico, he cannot be deported back to the United States if he faces the death penalty — or, as I understand it, life without parole — because the Mexican government considers them inhumane. He will only be turned back over to the US if the government pledges to foreswear those sanctions.

Well, this is where the “open borders,” “one region” element comes into play. Since we won’t be considering Mexico and the United States two separate, sovereign nations, we should send our law enforcement officials across that evil, vile, racist, separatist, apartheid border into Mexico, track down Laurean, and bring him back to face justice — Mexican law and sovereignty be damned.

The Mexican government cannot insist on its rights to compromise our sovereignty, our rights to control our border, our rights to control who enters our nation and under what circumstances, without forfeiting the same rights in return. It’s a concept called “reciprocity,” and it’s one that’s been absent far too long from the vocabulary of the US government.

I can already think of one person who’d probably be delighted to testify how badly this idea needs to be tried out.

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Author’s note: This is not the first time I’ve suggested this. I published this article about three and a half years ago, and it now seems even more relevant than ever — right down to the last threat I made.

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