Borders are Only for Poor People

A high-flying candidate for president’s connections to Russia are becoming increasingly clear: Russian spies appear to have intervened in the US election, and he’s called on them to do it again. Prominent columnists on both the right and the left have suggested that he may be  financially linked to Russian oligarchs, possibly through his debts, and there’s a credible argument that his potential presidency may serve as a vehicle for payback.

Chuck Todd of NBC News says this candidate is a “threat to the sovereignty of the United States.” A senior member of his own party says his call for more Russian intervention is “tantamount to treason.” Yet nobody seems to expect that he’ll face any accountability. As the standard-bearer of a major political party, he’s reached an elite echelon where almost nobody ever does.

At the same time, this candidate’s signature proposal is to build a wall shutting poor people in other countries out of the opportunities available here.

At the other party’s convention this week, one of the speakers was Ima Matul, a former slave, originally from Indonesia, whose “trafficker warned that if she left [captivity] the [American] police would arrest her and put her in jail, where she would be beaten and raped.” The threat worked for 3 years, because borders strip most of us of our rights when we cross them.

Ima Matul

Ima Matul

The ironic injustice of national borders is on full-spectrum display this week.

How much longer will we accept it?

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