LI Clarification: Immigration Treaty Approach–Analysis

On every occasion that you can, say or e-mail these words: “I favor open borders, a Libertarian approach.”–MG


Some confusion has arisen on what LI Activists/Libertarians are supposed to do /Libertarianism means on immigration. Our focus at present is both internal movement and also bi-/multi-lateral and regional/continental pacts or agreements ‘in principle’ on freer immigration/working residency, trade, and cultural exchange/collaboration. Don’t ignore creeeping emigration controls. Here are some talking points we’ve found quite helpful.

  1. The following includes normal times free trade, residency, transit and work issues. It does not include temporary national or regional security issues tending to border control in times of invasion or disaster, a separate issue ( Don’t allow especially extreme conservatives to confuse these separate matters)–The real solution to problem nations exporting terrorists or people having real trouble in assimilation so e.g. be crime vectors is a) Quarantine of their borders, not ours; cultural familiarization programs, and also b) Spread of secular democracy which we’re already well at work on. 
  2. Free trade/immigration raises prosperity for all dramatically: Imagine the mess of a US with restrictions across every state border. This is a formula for world peace and creating advanced sister nations favorable to rights, enterprise, and peaceful modernity.
  3. Remember that in natural law a border control is an Act of War. Persons are naturally free to live peacebly where they will from their right to person and property, respecting those rights of others.
  4. Citizenship is up to each country: the Latin/Islands model of protected or pensionary resident, nationals after 5 years or marriage/adoption into family, and belonger to citizen after 5+ plus show of committment ( public service, more likely purchase of homestead) is worth consideration.  Residence by purchase or immigrant education level as is done in the US and many countries is fine, but we encourage dialogue on cross-border unionization and travel by trained or apprentice union workers as well so long as we look at helping unions be open to all.
  5. We encourage prompt discussion of non-citizenship track immigration procedures for the vast majority not interested in citizenship but rather trade, study, work, cultural enjoyment or tourism. We encourage dialogue on continental co-citizen arrangements in due course as the EU is effectively doing.
  6. In time we suspect that people will have all main local rights through simple residence with citizenship giving additional and honorary value in most cases and special protection for the original nationality at whatever level makes sense.
  7. We are completely in favor of traditional/voluntary protection of e.g. ethnicities, races, national identities, eco-zones. The details are a local matter but we advocate that the process be there. The US has reserves for native peoples, ecology, and voluntary racial and religious communities as long as they’re not invidious as with the old ‘sundown towns’ ( See )
  8. Libertarians and friends are making this happen. The only question is how fast and cutting through misinformation on free trade, bigotry, etc. We see progress in Europe, the ASEAN community in South Asia, the Latin nations. With some nations such as in China the real issue is internal immigration: we don’t want immigration to be used as an excuse for internal passports as many fear is now happening in the US. Thus in the Americas LI activists are  focusing on reviving the San Lorenzo treaty, which already mandates open borders except for limited contraband between the US and successors of the Spanish Empire of the time including Latin nations, Spain, Spanish Africa and the PI. Libs in Ecuador have persuaded officials to get behind a Pan-American treaty as ‘basis for dialogue.’ ( )
  9. If social services are being strained, this only shows they need to be placed on a secure financial basis as Libertarians propose such as a range of choices and funding by voluntary taxes and use of stabilizing endowments. A legitimate business or non-profit welcomes new customers. Let’s discuss this separate problem at another time. Also, we would like to discuss tran-border unionization to protect the workers.
  10. Local cities in e.g. Canada have set up freer immigration and asylum zones. A major cause of the US economic crisis was tightening immigration which meant millions left their apartments for Mexico triggering a real-estate collapse that spread through the economy. Many managers went out of work since they had no one to manage, the falling jobs caused people to withdraw funds from the market causing a stock collapse, etc. Let localities have a less stringent policy if they desire.

Please use this in LI work:

Objective: A federal world of free immigration like the internal USA (1969) balanced by voluntary/traditional zones protective of  race, ecology, native peoples, ethnicity, etc. Movement by bond or voucher ( accredited commercial representatives, diplomats, academics, ministers), personal invitation and/ or  family induction (marriage, adoption, invitation to join household) may as a confidence-building step( and as soon as possible ) not be limited.

Preclusions: No checkpoints or mandatory  ID’s/passports permitted except in emergency situations or for persons under wardship (young children) or supervision for natural law offenses which then must be reviewed by the courts, or by treaty for relaxed if-needed review for transport of disease, etc. In no sense may emigration or out-transfer of goods be limited by those in the country of departure, or circumvented by e.g. special taxes, harrasing inquiries, etc.

Procedure: Encourage treaties, ‘in-principle’ regional goals or dialogues,  or where possible usage (benign actions by people/social entrepreneurship) in

  1. A progressive order of pacts of amity, cultural exchange, freer trade, legal comity, free immigration/transit/ trade using the Libertarian Reform in at least key elements ( juries, rights protection, non-punitive rehabilitation, etc. ) among national peoples, on
  2. A progressively  bi-/multi-lateral, then region/continental, then world basis, with relaxed border if-needed control if agreed between continents to protect against e.g. spread of disease, etc. but not so-called contraband, dangerous persons or weapons.( Again, the model is the internal US with its local reserves.) Near open border countries e.g. Switzerland should be studied and the process encouraged.
  3. Dialogue on soft border zones ( as Mexico has with the US) to accomodate the majority of needs of entrants should be encouraged. Violations of stautes should be decriminalized and the excuse of tracking workers to justify mass ID programs discouraged. Guest worker programs have value as an intermediate step. Local asylum and free-immigration areas have been successfully tried in the US and Canada.

In recent times Mexico has adopted a mostly open-border policy.

There is no reason not to use and so we encourage omnibus treaties that address these issues at once allowing immediate immigration, but we realize that for the situation to be stable these needs e.g. legal comity must be addressed –and that in practice one thing is done at a time so people may adjust more comfortably in many cases.

Please note again that in some countries the problem is internal prohibitions e.g. while improved there is no internal fully free travel in China ( 2013).

Continental zones for our focus are defined as:

  1. US/Canada/Oceania-PIF/Anglo-Francophone Americas/Antartica under trusteeship; possibly Latin North/Central-Carribean America
  2. Latin Nations/Eurasia ( i.e. the EC+; LI is aware that there is a move to include North Africa/Mediterranean Asia in this; and a Pan-American treaty)
  3. The Chinas ( internal)
  4. East Asian Rim + Mongolia ( mostly present ASEAN nations)
  5. India/Near East Asia ( mostly present SAARC)
  6. Africa
  7. Commonwealth nations are encouraged to examine relaxed controls and continued promotion of local prosperity

In other words, our focus is cultural-ethnically/ecologically similar areas. We certainly favor all nations as stated, but this is our focus. These are a general guide for action focus: at the same time we encourage localism and bi-lateral work as always.

Advocates of the Gilson Reform have done much since 1969:

  • Ending the wall between the Communist and other countries, bringing about mass free travel compared to what was
  • Increasing regional free trade and immigration approaches; a committment by China to evolve into  a ‘United States of China’ on democratic lines
  • Encouraging many bi-lateral treaties and cross-border co-operation exercises, asylum areas, etc. via coalitions

In summary, if LI Activists focus even if  just on amity-. comity, and confidence-building freer trade treaties, and continue to target abuses by petty regulations especially against ethnic and native peoples, a lot will be accomplished. Recognize that are best allies are diplomats, community activists and negotiators who already understand the problems in detail superior to most officials and are receptive to what we have to say as a result.

On every occasion that you can, say or e-mail these words: “I favor open borders, a Libertarian approach.”–MG


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