Why Open Borders? Here’s One Reason

The governor of my state, Tony Evers, is pushing a petition to support his proposal for automatic voter registration for Wisconsin drivers. Check it out:

Automatic voter registration comes with a major push to provide driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Part of Gov. Tony Evers’ 2023-25 budget proposal includes restoring driver’s licenses to all adults regardless of immigration status. Maybe you’re good at rationalizing your way out of the obvious conclusions. I’m not.

Apart from affecting voting behavior and patterns, there is no reason to make voter registration automatic or tying registration to driver licenses. It is not the role of the government to affect voting attitudes or behavior but to make sure elections are free and fair.

In Wisconsin, the only barrier to voting is that convicted felons cannot vote while they’re incarcerated (I disagree with this restriction, but it is standard across the United States). However, individuals convicted of a felony automatically regain their right to vote upon completion of their entire sentence.

It is very simple: If you want to register to vote, then get registered and go to the polls. If voting is important to you, you will do the things necessary to make it possible. Individuals need to use their agency. We need to return to the ethic of individual responsibility and self-reliance. If you want to participate in political life, you must make the effort.

On the immigration question, this is very simple, too. Don’t give illegal immigrants drivers licenses. Detain and deport them instead. Millions have crossed the border under Joe Biden. They join millions already here. We won’t have a country if this continues.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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