Canadians hold a rally at Peace Arch Park on June 30 to oppose U.S. policy that has separated migrant children from their families. (Contributed photo)

LETTERS: Insensible to open the floodgates

Editor: I asked who there had sponsored an immigrant, as I have done. One woman raised her hand.

Editor:

I was walking through Peace Arch Park and saw 80 to 100 people demonstrating in favour of both the U.S. and Canada: a) admitting all “immigrants,” and b) doing so so as to not “break up families.”

I asked who there had personally sponsored an immigrant, as I myself have done. One woman raised her hand. I congratulated her. I called the remaining demonstrators lying, cheap hypocrites.

My remark was not welcomed. I stand by it.

It seems a lot of people advocate for open borders and no immigration restrictions, both in Canada and the U.S. Their reasoning puzzles me.

While I support neither, I acknowledge the cogent arguments of those who support one policy or the other. To support both, though, is insensible. It’s like demanding free heating fuel while simultaneously insisting that all your doors remain open in winter.

Less than a half-billion people live in North America. Fifteen times that live elsewhere, and a substantial percentage will gladly come here through open doors, where someone else pays for the heat. The qualifications and number of those we admit is an important issue for your kids; you know, the ones who will be stuck with the heating bill.

To open-borders/welfare advocates reading this, I submit a couple of questions. (In order to pre-empt progressives’ main argument – name-calling – I assert that, yes, I am racist; sexist; homophobic; Islamophobic; trans-phobic; want all children to die; and, oh, I am literally Hitler.)

Conceding all that, here are the questions:

1. There is a place where Mexican children will not be separated from parents. Can you name it?

2. When American or Canadian citizens hop across their own nation’s border, not at a port-of-entry, they – like others – are arrested, and detained. Did you know that?

3. When anybody is arrested and detained, they are separated from their families. This has been normal practice in every nation for, oh, centuries. Does this practice surprise you? If not, where was your opposition to it before last month?

4. Families approaching the border are not separated if they do not try to cross illegally. Is this news to you?

Giving credit to welfare/no-borders advocates for kind hearts, they have not thought through the consequences of opening the borders of highly taxed, western-civilization-governed welfare states to the other seven-plus billion people in the world.

David Danylyshyn, Surrey

Just Posted

Former White Rock Renegades aim to carve out time for themselves with Team Canada

Sara Groenewegen and Danielle Lawrie-Locke competing this week at Canada Cup

Shaw services down in South Surrey/White Rock

Company says it will fix the problem as soon as possible

Fraser Health launches new drug-use support team to curb overdoses

Nearly 200 people have been killed by illicit drug overdoses in the region so far in 2018

Lower Mainland cools down as heat wave lifts

Environment Canada predicts temperatures in the mid to low 20s

RCMP divers search for missing Surrey man at Buntzen Lake

A swimmer was reported missing at 4:30 p.m Tuesday

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

One year later: Still no suspects in killing of 13-year-old B.C. girl

Marrisa Shen was killed in Burnaby’s Central Park on July 18, 2017

BC Games opening ceremonies promise to be magical

Features Shane Koyczan and his band, Asani, parade of athletes, and lots more

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors send DeMar DeRozan to Spurs in colossal NBA trade

Toronto also sent Jakob Poeltl and 2019 first-round pick, gets Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

More lightning forecast as storm sparks 38 new wildfires in B.C.

22 new fires in are burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Banff’s bathroom bears returned to the park after 15 months of rehab in Ontario

Black bears, now yearlings, were sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario last April

Monster trucks returning to Abbotsford

Monster Madness tour arriving in September

‘Recovery high schools,’ per diems urged to better manage addiction in B.C.

BC Centre for Substance Use says focus needs to shift to from overdose prevention to long-term care

Most Read

l -->