In-group, out-group: Accountability gap naturalized | HBR Talk 29
Without cause, the Women’s March has declared immigration a women’s issue. Their talking point frames the entire discussion, in all of its nuance, in starkly limited yet deceptively vague terms. It avoids differentiating between immigrants and invaders; peaceful residents working toward citizenship and violent criminals who are here to traffic drugs, guns, and worst of all, their fellow human beings. It strawmans the label for a perpetrator of illegal border crossing, “illegal immigrant” by responding as if the person’s existence, rather than that behavior, is being described as “illegal.” 

These social justice cultists talk as if the most remembered lines of New Colossus, the poem on the plaque mounted inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, represents an open borders mandate. The vast majority of them, many of whom could probably come up with some reasons for such a belief, couldn’t even tell you why that poem is there. 

It was written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus as a donation to an auction of art and literary works to help raise funds for the construction of the pedestal upon which the statue sits. It was not otherwise part of the statue until after Lazarus’s death, when her friends campaigned to memorialize the poem in her name, and in succeeded in having that plaque made and added in. 

In its entirety, the poem makes a more profound statement than open borders proponents would like to admit: 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

What regressives try to portray as an invitation to a mosh pit of human migration was in fact a very carefully worded jab at the ruling classes of the nations from which America’s immigrants have historically come. It is not an admonition that we as a nation may never consider our own interests and our citizens’ rights and security in determining the criteria for entry. It doesn’t mandate excluding from those criteria the expectation that one’s reasons for entering the country be honorable and virtuous rather than underhanded and subversive. It isn’t opposition to requiring that immigrants go through a legal process, including vetting for trustworthiness, before being accepted as a citizen of this country. Indeed, when the poem was written, such measures had already long been in use. 

No, the statement in its entirety is an act of thumbing one’s nose at the idea that only the authoritarian elite deserved such consideration, and that they and only they could be arbiters of a nation’s growth and welfare. This was a nation that valued initiative, courage, hard work, dedication, and perseverance over social position and stale wealth. It was about what makes America great - what makes it a kind of Promised Land: We are a nation of filthy commoners who make our own way, build our own success, and stand on our own feet… and we’re damned proud of it... and that poem, contrary to regressive elitists’ interpretation, is an eternal reminder of that. It’s a damned shame to see so many Americans try to turn this symbol of freedom and hope for unfettered self-reliance into a mandate that we tolerate abuse.

With one of their two faces, social justice cultists talk about immigrants in glowing terms to match the tone of statue’s poem, while with the other they defend the practice of ensuring that those who come here for a better life can be followed and oppressed by the violent miscreants they were trying to escape. Not content to advocate for those who are yearning to breathe free, those whose image they trot out every time the subject of immigration comes up, these slimy-gutted counterfeit philanthropists have the audacity to push the idea that if Americans, regardless of background, want to protect ourselves and law-abiding immigrants from wave after wave of organized criminals, that makes us bigots. Oh, and if you came here to escape gang violence and worse in your native country, and you don’t want it to follow you here, guess what? According to social justice cult logic, you’re a bigot, too. That’s identity politics for you… you’re no longer allowed your own identity. Gotta understand, if it and its related issues are marketable in the political arena, you’re property of the cult. 

That’s not the worst of it. I want you to consider one of the most oft-heard arguments for open borders: “But we need an influx of workers who will take on jobs Americans just won’t do!” I’ve had it shoved down my throat so often I could easily vomit it up in my sleep… and yet it freshly lights the embers of infuriation every single time.

The fallacy of unwanted jobs is bad enough, but the insinuation open borders proponents have made about Mexican immigrants is truly disgusting. Support for political initiatives to legalize the current immigrant worker system isn’t a gender issue, but a shameful bid for treating immigrants from Mexico like a servant class.

What would YOU call the act of importing foreign nationals for exploitation as egregiously underpaid laborers, who are deterred from bargaining for better treatment - even from considering it possible - by (often insurmountable) language and cultural barriers and a crippling fear of local authorities? If not slavery, is that not at the very least, human trafficking? Don’t you DARE tell me ANYONE has EVER operated such a racket with hearts full of love and benevolence for their targets. They don’t make stilts long enough to wade through bovine excrement piled that deep. 

And those two factors, combined - the poverty trap into which these immigrants are imported, and the organized crime syndicates that have overrun their inroads and their neighborhoods - make migrants vulnerable to yet another form of exploitation: Being coerced into trafficking drugs and other contraband. According to NPR’s article “Migrants say they’re unwilling mules for cartels” by John Burnett:
“Federal agents, prosecutors, defense attorneys and migrants themselves say that traffickers have begun recruiting undocumented immigrants at the border, both voluntarily and forcibly. Now, U.S. courts along the border have to decide what to do with terrified immigrants who come before them and say, "The cartel made me do it."’

And these supposedly benevolent cultists of identity politics… what have they done to combat that?

To be honest, I think the Mexican people would be perfectly justified to hate Americans for our nation’s part in their situation, and our politicians’ and political groups’ response to it. The drug-war-torn environment in that nation is directly attributable to American drug culture. The spoiled and the indifferent among us fund it by purchasing drugs run across the Mexican/US border by people desperate to feed and house their families. Many of the same hipsters focused on fair trade products like coffee and clothing have no problem funding criminal tyranny through the purchase of mind altering substances for their own entertainment. What are these people doing buying drugs they can’t guarantee didn’t come from Mexico? Why are feminists supporting judicial passes given to American women involved in the business of illegal drug running? Why has there been no feminist-backed initiative to assist peaceful Mexicans in taking their country back from the cartels? Instead, the identity cult asks them to give up their homeland, give up their family connections, and abandon the solidarity of their culture to become political pawns in our culture war… when we should be ending our drug war altogether, and along with it, south-of-the-border cartels’ power giving monopoly. 

And if you’re listening to this, and you’re offended, I have a question for you. Do you sound off with arrogant self-righteousness about the blood associated with products like diamonds, cocoa, avocados, and coffee, and then go out and buy your weekend weed without ever considering that its path to you might just be drenched in it?
Have you considered the fact that you might be part of the problem?

But it’s all good, right, identity cultists? You wouldn’t let an ignorant neckbeard like me distract you from your worship of your almighty diversity narrative, would ya? Pay no attention to the carnage behind the southern curtain, right? Keep your eyes on the Great and Powerful Cause!

And then there is the political exploitation. You see, this controversy is not a feminist initiative, but a political party initiative. Some American politicians have recognized immigrants from Mexico as a potential voting block and are pushing for amnesty in order to increase their vote base through favor-paid loyalty.

The bureaucratic elites who push the open borders narrative know damned well the terrible conditions they are creating or exacerbating by courting migrant servitude. They’re not bothered at all by that - in fact, they welcome it. They don’t see human beings in the mass of people they’re exploiting, but votes they can control by keeping the demographic oblivious to the better life they could have and the causes of the conditions they face, and by pitting them against this country’s existing citizenry. After all, who is easier to control than a population handicapped in terms of self-advocacy by language and cultural barriers, fearful of their employers, their neighbors, and local authorities? As they’re kept ignorant of the political environment, instilled with a sense of dependence on one side of the political fence, what is going to look like their best option, but to support the identity cult any way they can?

That same cult, in defending gangs against deportation, even when their political opponents offer them everything they’ve asked for in exchange for being able to deport those foreign gang members, is responsible for lumping the innocent immigrants they claim to protect in with those violent criminals… and for creating another avenue for demonizing men. 

There’s no shortage of news stories about American citizens being criminally, often violently victimized by illegal immigrants, and thanks to media opponents of open borders policy, Americans have been made well aware, with broadcast after broadcast highlighting such crimes. In their desperation to avoid any contradiction to their narrative, open borders proponents use the same excuse every time: “Oh, no no no! This isn’t an immigration issue! It’s TOXIC MASCULINITY! 

Men and women immigrate to the U.S. because they want a piece of the American dream. Men and women come here to study, to work, to live and raise families, to be our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends. Far too many of these men and women end up being exploited, extorted, intimidated, segregated, lied to, and manipulated. Many men and women also enter this country illegally and commit crimes. And then it’s men whose crimes are broadcast, and men as a population who are demonized to cover for the causes behind those individual crimes. It’s also men whose lives are lost defending our borders against invasion by cartels and terrorists. And then we’re told by the leaders of the Women’s March that immigration is a women’s issue… which is to say, once again, that to the cult of femininity, only women’s experiences matter, reforms are only needed where women will be perceived to benefit, and in the interest of gaining political power for groups that claim to speak for women, no lie is too big to tell, no atrocity too grievous to commit, and no demographic too far up the progressive stack to exploit. But that’s not bigoted at all, is it?