In late 2013 and through 2014, the United States experienced a substantial increase in the number of border crossings by Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs). The issue gained political salience in June and July 2014, and generated considerable discussion. A Wikipedia page about the topic was created in July 2014.
This page lists some Open Borders blog posts related to the child migrant surge. For a full list, see all blog posts tagged child migrant surge (this list might include other child migrant surges at other points in history as well).
- Open Borders and the Child Immigrants from Central America by Joel Newman, July 17, 2014.
- Review of Proposed Solutions for the Unaccompanied Children Crisis by Michelangelo Landgrave, July 18, 2014.
- What we can learn from Glenn Beck’s humane gesture and the response by Vipul Naik, July 15, 2014.
Here is some other closely related material on our site:
- Although not a discussion of the situation, Michelangelo Landgrave’s post I was an Unaccompanied Child, published August 11, 2014, is highly relevant.
- A Survey of the United States Humanitarian Migrant Statuses by Michelangelo Landgrave, May 14, 2014.
- Reparations are not a sound basis for making immigration policy by John Lee, August 6, 2014, addresses the reparations argument for more liberal migration. This argument was commonly used in discussions related to the child migrant surge.
Here is some material from outside our site that describes some open borders perspectives:
- Libertarians say: Let the immigrant children in, Libertarian Party Press Release, July 8, 2014. Relevant quote:
Ultimately, the fact that many of these children are fleeing dangerous situations isn’t the issue. Even if they were coming to the United States for fun, we should still allow them to enter. All foreigners should be allowed entry into the United States unless the government can produce positive evidence that they pose a threat to security, health, or property.
Our bad immigration laws affect a lot more people than just these children. Many foreigners want to come work in the United States, which benefits them as well as Americans. However, our government makes it impossible for almost all of them to work here legally.
The Libertarian Party believes that the U.S. government should not prohibit Americans from hiring foreign workers. There are about 60 million legal foreign entries into the United States each year (mostly tourists). Those foreigners should be free to work in the United States as well. There’s no question of border security — it’s just a question of the government’s unjust and foolish protectionist labor laws.