The truth is, no country in the world can afford to not secure its borders because uncontrolled immigration violates the rights of both nationals of a given country and those foreign nationals who seek to be legally recognised. This is an urgent debate throughout the world. As a party committed to liberal democratic values, the DA believes this debate requires a responsible and balanced approach, beyond the crude nationalism best typified by the Trumpian call to simply “build a wall”. Our plan aims to ensure we have well-functioning border posts; that we root out the corruption at the department of home affairs — a major cause of illegal immigration; and that we ensure undocumented immigrants are regularised or assisted in leaving the country if they do not meet the criteria to stay. It is important to state from the outset that the cause of illegal immigration is the ANC government and its failure to address these challenges over the past 24 years. Because of this, people who carry...

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