Walls SEPARATE Nations
Walls physically and emotionally block and dehumanize good people, but the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate whole nations. To spend billions of dollars to try and keep out a few bad actors at the cost of separating us from an entire nation, is a terrible trade-off and a fool’s calculus. We put up walls in fear, hate, and war. We take down walls in confidence, love, and peace. What kind of society do we want to live in?sp
Is there a way to balance
- holding firm to our principles and laws governing border security, while
- treating immigrants and refugees with humanity?
Do walls dehumanize us?
Is separating immigrant and/or refugee children crossing our border from their families in effect weaponizing children for a political policy objective?
- We Can Do Better: When the early pilgrims and pioneers came across the Atlantic to seek religious, political, and economic freedom in the United States, they came over as intact families and were not separated from each other when they arrived. As immigration increased throughout the decades from many corners of the world, there were occasional times when a father (or mother) came over first to find a job, but the children stayed with their mothers and grandparents and when they came later they were not surprised upon arrival that they would be separated from their parents. As we moved west to explore and settle this great United States, we did so as intact families. Separating kids from parents at such a critical moment in their lives is simply an abomination and a gross transgression of American values. No amount of political spin or religious pontificating can change that fact. (sp)
Do immigrants and refugees have to arrive self-sufficient, or is it enough (as it always has been) to come with $1 in their pocket and a sincere desire to work, take care of their family, and pursue the American Dream?
- It’s Not About You: There will always be native peoples that came before us, and there will always be new immigrants and refugees that will come after us. The belief that we were here first and no one should come after us is selfish, misinformed, and a lie that discriminates and harms generation after generation. (sp)
Are sanctuary cities overall good for America? Or, do they erode the rule of law?
Instead of squalid shanty towns, can we plan our refugee settlements to transform into livable towns?
After World War I, did we ever think we would use barbed wire again to trap humans?
How worried should we be about alleged criminals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border?
Get a Grip!!
If you’re worried about criminals crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, thousands of miles away, don’t bother, because you should be more worried about:
getting struck by lightning
getting broadsided in your car
being gunned down by a well-armed american angry person
getting a heart attack, cancer, stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s
getting whacked by a tornado, hurricane, wildfire, or
divorce, depression, alcoholism, suicide, so
Get a grip, man!!
Immigrants and refugees are the least of your problems.sp
- berlin wall: The Berlin Wall Taylor
- documentary: Hurdle
- global refugee crisis:
- Human Flow Weiwei
- great depression: Of Mice and Men Steinbeck
- nothing good comes from: Walls Di Cintio
- science & ethics: Open Borders Caplan
- survival: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- teaching kids our immigrant legacy: Her Right Foot Eggers
- unintended consequences: The Line Becomes a River Cantú