The Cost of Open Borders

by Ken Vincent, Featured Contributor

I READ A COMMENT by one of our illustrious national “leaders” the other day that said that we don’t have “open borders”, they are just a little porous. That is like saying saying a cat 5 hurricane has strong breezes associated with it.

Do we have a problem with illegal immigrants? Ask the governors of our four states bordering Mexico. Better yet, ask the city and county law enforcement people along that border.

Oh, excuse me. It isn’t politically correct now to say those people are illegal immigrants. They are “undocumented residents”. Sorry about that.

Opinion Uncle SamIn any case, what is the cost of all these “undocumented residents”? Well, lets consider the education costs to try to teach them English. The over crowding of class rooms. The free medical services. Then we can add the rent subsidies, child support, food stamps, free cell phones, and all the other government hand outs and get a clue as to the financial impact on our social services network.

Then of course we must consider the fact that many of those will work for less which tamps down pay scales in some industries and compounds our unemployment problems. We shouldn’t forget the drain on our economy that comes from the hundred of millions of dollars sent out of our country by these folks.

Gee, I wonder if any terrorists have figured out that all they have to do is walk into the US. So much for “no fly lists” and “watch lists” and monitoring communications between suspected terrorists. Why bother.

Recently with the pitch of protests escalating we found that we started getting tens of thousands of children. Does anyone really believe that these youngsters are traversing one or more countries on their own and without support and supervision to cross into the US? How are they traveling, eating, finding shelter, replacing worn out shoes, etc. Clearly this influx is an organized and sponsored effort. Why? One can only assume that it is to strum the heart strings of liberal thinking people who are saying, “They are children. You can’t not feed them and house them. You can’t send them back to be tortured.” It turns the focus away from those that are complaining about our open borders to a focus on humanitarian efforts to protect children.

Now we have another cost of our open (porous) borders. Heroin. I have been hearing for some time from educators lamenting the rapid rise of heroin use in schools. It is all of a sudden very available and very affordable and is rapidly becoming the drug of choice even in well to do suburbs. It is no longer an inner city problem. Teachers in affluent schools are being run through training classes to learn how to identify heroin users. It seems that Mexican farmers have taken a chapter out of the cash crop book of the farmers in Afghanistan. Of course the drug cartels are happy to help them too.

So, what do we do to close our borders? Equally important is what do we do with those several million of “undocumented residents” already sucking on the government bottle?

I say toss them out and tell them to apply for admission as a legal immigrant. What do you say?


Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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