Open borders movement silent on coronavirus

Open border activists have always come to the rescue of distressed populations around the world. They usually latch on to any cause, from extreme poverty to violence and terrorism.

America, as far as they were concerned, had an obligation to let anyone who claimed asylum simply walk over its borders and its citizens were expected to greet them with open arms.

Earlier this month the U.N. Human Rights Committee issued an edict that “refugees fleeing the effects of the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home by their adoptive countries.”  In other words, governments cannot return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by climate change. Countries like the United States have been told they have no right to enforce their borders for any group of people from anywhere in the world. They should compliantly obey the commands of the U.N.

The open borders lobby has been deafeningly silent when it comes to sufferers of coronavirus. The respiratory virus has virtually shuddered the once bustling country of China as the world zeroes in on the epicenter of the virus, the city of Wuhan.

Last Monday the World Health Organization corrected its global risk assessment to “high” from “moderate.

Two dozen countries outside of China have reported cases of the virus, which has killed more than 300 people and sickened thousands of others in China. Many countries have sent planes to Wuhan to evacuate their nationals.

 China and its people are quickly becoming the pariahs of the world. Many countries are calling for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors. The hysteria is having a ripple effect on the Chinese and other Asians who are now being subjected to indignities they have never experienced before.

Restaurants in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam have refused to accept Chinese customers. Over the weekend Indonesians were marching near a hotel and called on Chinese guests there to leave.

  Multiple airlines announced that they would suspend or cut back on flights to and from China, and several countries, including the U.S., have imposed travel restrictions in a bid to stop the spread of the disease outside of the country.

Panic is spreading worldwide as the death toll climbs and new countries with confirmed cases are added to a growing list.

Since last Wednesday a number of neighboring countries to China have announced the closings of their borders in rapid succession.

Vietnam closed its border crossing at Lao Cai to Chinese tourist and suspended visas for mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong residents on arrival.

Taiwan has barred entry to most Chinese nationals and Russia banned Chinese tour groups. It also closed its Far Eastern borders and suspended e-visas for Chinese nationals.

North Korea has taken the extreme measure of closing its borders to all foreign tourists.

Nepal sealed its border with China for two weeks, beginning on Jan. 29 while Maca has suspended individual visitors from mainland China and suspended ferries to Hong Kong.

Kazakhstan has closed all transport links and stopped visa issuance to Chinese nationals.

Hong Kong has closed its direct trains and ferries and closed some border crossings. In response Beijing halted individual visitor permits since Jan. 30.

The Philippines has halted visas on arrival for Chinese nationals while Mongolia has closed its China border crossings.

Authorities in communities along China’s over 22,000 km of borders have been imposing restrictions on both sides, driving people away from border towns and hurting tourism.

All of a sudden borders have rapidly taken on new meaning and the Resistance has remained largely silent.