Jonah: Your reader makes good points. In fact, as the Korean example
shows, the inhabitants of a prosperous and free bourgeois republic are
deeply un-keen on having poor, ragged, uneducated and unhygienic neighbors
swarming across their borders, EVEN WHEN THOSE NEIGHBORS ARE OF THE SAME
LANGUAGE, RACE AND NATIONALITY AS THEMSELVES! Well, at least that puts the
kibosh on accusations of “racism” against all immigration-restrictionists.
Your reader identifies a real moral conundrum that needs airing–a choice
between two things that are, for most Americans, both extremely
unattractive: (A) accommodating millions of refugees from a horrid
dictatorship next door, or (B) turning a blind eye to their suffering under
their own despotic rulers.
Personally, if it comes to “millions,” I will very unhappily vote for (B).
Don’t expect that level of honesty from our political classes, though, if
the event ever arises.
As I just said, “numbers are of the essence.”