A pair of new bills put forth in the House of Representatives will move the United States towards open borders if it gains traction.
The Protect Asylum Seekers Act and Practical Alternatives to Detention Act, both authored by Libertarian Party congressman Justin Amash, would decriminalize unauthorized entry by illegal aliens to the United States and outlaw their detention by border enforcement bodies.
Amash, who until 2019 was a Republican, is the first Libertarian Party congressman in US history. His biggest financial sponsors include Jeffrey Yass, a Zionist billionaire GOP donor, as well as the neo-liberal Cato Institute.
If Amash’s laws were enacted, illegal aliens at the border would be briefly detained, given an ankle monitor, and then released to live in the United States.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already been using ankle monitors with thousands of illegals as an alternative to detention. While sale of the monitors has made the companies that produce them rich, the illegals themselves cut them off as soon as they get a chance and move to “sanctuary cities,” where immigration laws are not applied.
While Amash’s bill presents a widely unpopular and fringe approach to US immigration law, he has a number of potential allies in Congress. The radical capitalist’s proposal dovetails smoothly with demands from the self-described socialist wing of the Democratic Party, represented by figures like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, whose calls to “Abolish ICE” briefly became a mainstream liberal slogan.
Free market Republicans and the Democrats are eager to legislate on immigration under a Biden presidency, but the president-elect does not appear to be as excited as they are. Yesterday Biden announced that any change to present immigration policies will be slow to prevent a sudden rush of “2 million people on our border,” which has enraged both corporate and far-left elements within the Democratic Party.
Historically, the Obama administration deported 50% more illegal immigrants in its first term than Trump has. Nevertheless, opponents of mass immigration are warning that Biden’s publicly moderate position could be a ruse to avoid public outcry.
As for Representative Amash, who was elected by a 84% white, working class district in Michigan, his refusal to represent the interests of his constituents will not have any electoral consequences. Amish declined to run for re-election in 2020 and, after this parting shot, will soon be out of office.