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Is a world without any borders a good idea? Show more Show less

Nation-states maintain borders for safety, maintaining political jurisdiction. Yet, some forms of open borders exist between nation-states: the Schengen Agreement in the European Union, borders between India and Nepal, Ireland and the U.K., and the CA4 Border Control Agreement in Central America. Most nation-states maintain strict border controls, restricting travel between countries and barring entry to migrants. Millions of people risk their lives trying to cross borders into other countries. Some are fleeing violence and war; others are looking for better economic opportunities or to be reunited with family members. Borders protect but they also actively promote death and suffering, as seen in the strategic placement of border patrol along the US-Mexico borderlands. What are the possibilities of a world without borders?

No, we should keep our borders Show more Show less

Borders protect nation-states and ensure that governments can take care of their citizens. The cultural and economic gains possible from open borders are not worth the safety and economic risks that will occur if people freely migrate between nation-states.
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Opening borders would endanger those in richer countries

There are many criminals and terrorists in other countries who would move to richer countries if they could. Abolishing borders would threaten countries' national security.
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Many poorer countries have much higher crime rates than richer countries. Some country governments are even ran by drug cartels! Letting those guys come into our country would be putting your kids at risk.

The Argument

There are many terrorists and criminals living in poorer countries. If we open the borders they will come in and make our families unsafe.

Counter arguments

Border controls do not necessarily prevent all national security threats.


People will take advantage of resources in richer countries if they can, even if it means infringing on those countries' national sovereignty.


[P1] Opening the borders will encourage terrorists and criminals to enter wealthier countries.

Rejecting the premises


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