The children and young mothers who brave the journey here need to have their fair chance at a better life. If we are really the “home of the brave”, these people qualify. Which is more than I can say for the angry, irrational groups of would be vigilantes who confronted them in their time of need.
Immigration reform, when it comes, needs to fund the resources required to handle refugees from terror and extortion. But, it also needs to deal with the economic and cultural realities we face today. It’s a complex problem we are dealing with, not a piecemeal political accommodation.
The critical piece of Immigration Reform is how those already here are dealt with fairly. Many working class families have mixed status and deserve a solution that leaves them intact, able to continue contributing to our communities and commerce.
We need them. Their culture and history are an integral part of our historic fabric. Their art, community contributions and family ethic enrich us and diversify our lives. What reason is there to offend these incredibly gracious people?
What we do from here, begins with some introspection on our part: Do we want a US – Mexico border that is like Israel – Palestine, or one like France – Germany?
Do we want a DMZ or a vehicle for commercial & cultural exchange?