Pete Buttigieg Actually Supports a Moderate, Commonsense Immigration Policy

Most Republicans want to build a wall. Meanwhile, the Left increasingly wants open borders. Just ask Keith Ellison, the Democratic congressman from Minnesota, who posed wearing a shirtthat read “I don’t believe in borders.”

Yet, both of these policies are recklessly irresponsible, and neither can stand against the facts about immigration. Luckily, there are a few voices of sanity among the crowd. If South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential candidate from Indiana, meant what he said in a recent tweet, he could be the only candidate so far with a solid stance on immigration issues. His website and platform may remain underdeveloped and vague, but if he sticks to the broad stance he’s taken so far on immigration, he’s on the right track.

Buttigieg is looking lonely among the Democratic candidates. Whether it’s opposing border security or wanting to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, many candidates are practically arguing for open borders. That sounds great in theory, a world where people freely move around the globe without restrictions. But a completely open border falls short of accomplishing any meaningful progress on immigration policy.

It’s certainly true that some immigration policies, both historic and current, have been cruel and even inhumane. Yet this doesn’t mean it is illegitimate for a nation to protect and control borders. Like it or not, a country is collectively owned by its citizens, who reserve the right to restrict entry to whoever they wish, as they see fit, with both economic and security concerns in mind.

By Jordan Lancaster for WASHINGTON EXAMINER

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