The Unz Review:ㅤHarden Our Hearts—or Let the Third World In. Is There Another Option?, by John Derbyshire


30-07-22 04:00:00,

[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through]

My colleague Allan Wall just posted something about illegal aliens who die trying to cross our southern border. They drown crossing the river, they die from thirst or exposure, they fall when trying to scale border barriers, they suffocate in smugglers’ crowded, unventilated trucks, and so on.

Allan doesn’t offer much sympathy:

Yes, the U.S.-Mexico border is a humanitarian disaster. The solution is not an open border. The solution is to get control of the border. That, of course, is not the policy of the Biden Administration.

Allan won’t get any arguments from me about what he says in that piece. I’m on board with him a hundred percent.

I will, though, warn him that he’s setting himself up there to be portrayed by Open-Borders Progressives as a hard-hearted monster.

How do I know this? Back in February 2006 I was having some exchanges with Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online. One of my exchanges included the following:

In between our last two posts I went to Drudge to see what was happening in the world. The lead story was about a ship disaster in the Red Sea. From the headline picture, it looked like a cruise ship. I therefore assumed that some people very much like the Americans I went cruising with last year were the victims.

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