First... Let me make one thing clear: I don't believe in equality.
We are not born equal. We are different. And I don't see anything wrong with being different. Our struggles in life are different too. Our physical conditions, our families, our surroundings all give us an unequal headstart in life.
I don't believe in equality... Yes. Yet, rights are rights. And when laws discriminate between one baby and another, it's NOT acceptable! When a baby is subject to something called a “visa” just because of the place s/he was born, that is discrimination, that is racism, whatever else you want to call it is, sorry, wrong. You cannot name it "the sovereignty of a nation-state." (You know why? You know why you cannot name it so? Because all the people in the nation-state do not believe in the same thing. It's the wrong classification of “we”. There can be sovereignty only in groups formed by conscious choice.)
You believe there has to be borders, you believe there has to be controls and checks for security? Fine. You don't necessarily need to remove visas globally. If you wish, if you insist that there be controls and borders, everybody, everybody without exception that is, should be exposed to the same visa regime. You should impose the same visa regime for every single human being on the planet. At least for every single baby!
I know visas are not for living in a country and are only for travelling. Even so, one baby being able to travel to 160 something countries another being able to travel to only 20 something is NOT acceptable. It's Injustice at Birth. If you wish, everybody has to provide papers and the same documents to go to visit another country. Let's see how people of the Western world will like being exposed to such humiliation. Let's see how much they will find it acceptable for themselves!
Étienne Balibar and many other people have named the current situation of the world as “Global Apartheid” and I believe it is so. Borderless world, Open borders, No one is Illegal, Global Citizenship... These are all nice concepts. Yet, they are controversial concepts. There are many people who stick to the status quo and can not get over the illusion of “we” created by nation-states. There are many people with nationalistic feelings. So I believe these concepts need to be avoided. We cannot afford to get into useless tiring arguments. The root problem with the world the way it is, is the Global Apartheid. Is the Birthplace Racism. I believe this is the single idea that has to be hammered into people's brains and subconscious.
There are so many names people come up with. They split the group. People who believe in the same thing are fragmented. Still... It's good. The more people to spread the same idea, the better it is. Yet... It would be better if people could come together under one roof to see, to have an idea of how many we are.
#Refugees Welcome, #safepassage, #IamAnImmigrant are all nice initiatives too. But strike at the root, it has to be #EndGlobalApartheid, it has to be #EndBirthplaceRacism, it has to be #EndInjusticeAtBirth. It should be #Free2RoamTheWorldWeAreBornIn !