However, would open borders also mean mass migrations
About one in five potential migrants — or about 147 million adults worldwide — named the USA as their desired future residence. But would the turn up if the US border controls disappeared?
3.4 million Puerto Ricans have the legal right to live in the USA. A past Pew Research Center survey found that nearly 90 percent of Puerto Ricans were dissatisfied with the way things were going on the island, a figure which we can safely say has risen in recent years. The median household income a year in Puerto Rico is $20,000 against over $60,000 on the mainland United States. In 2014 the number of Puerto Ricans leaving for mainland America was 84,000, (although there was a sharp spike after Hurricane Maria.)
Not such an influx when the “flood-gates” are wide open.
Immigration and immigration controls are both intrinsic parts of the capitalist system. As such, effective opposition to immigration controls ultimately means challenging the very foundations of capitalism itself.
The First International stated that:
“The poor have no country, in all lands they suffer from the same evils, and they therefore realise that the barriers put up by the powers that be the more thoroughly to enslave the people must fall.”
A worthy goal to achieve.