I’ve seen A LOT lately about the immigration issues at the Mexican border. I hear what people are saying, and there is one thing playing over and over in my head on this. What IS the right way? Now, I will make my side clear right now. I am of the camp: SEE A NEED, FILL A NEED.
I get frustrated with all the news, social media blasts, and general conversation around this because I haven’t heard anyone give an alternative, just negativity. So, this is my call to action. No complaints, he’s evils, the country is doomed etc. I’m even willing to do the leg work on a write up, petition, whatever.
Let’s look at the basic outline of the underlying issue. Thousands of people cross the border every month without “checking in”. What do we want as a people? Honestly, I feel for our elected officials, people are screaming from all corners, and maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I haven’t heard any suggestions on what an alternative way would be. I hear a lot of “doing it wrong”, “this is horrible”, “inhumane”, etc, but what is the alternative?
Check out this video, without judgement, look at the number of people.
Questions I see: Do we, as a people, agree that we should have steps in place to enter the country, or are we okay with open borders? Should our country border be like crossing a state border? Do we want to know who has entered? Do we want a say in who enters?
If we say, we are not okay with open borders and we want any oversight on entrance, how do we go about doing that?
It seems to me, part of what may cause a lot of the divide on this is that we all have different experiences to pull from. I feel blessed to have had some great experiences, but I’ve also seen the horrible side of humans. This perfectly describes my experience with the migrant population. Most I have met, worked with, gotten to know, are great people. The drive they have is inspiring. I love to hear their stories. But, I’ve also been on the side dealing with police reports for executions carried out by people in the same group. It can be horrifying.
Now, I have stories on both sides and can go on. But I can tell those of naturally born citizens as well. What’s the difference? I’m not real sure. Some may say traceability.
Now, with these two sides pulling on me, I think of the children we hear so much about right now. I think of the stories migrants have told me, of young boys crossing alone, of couples bringing their son and someone else’s kids. I think about the stories I’ve heard from migrant workers, some came here in trunks of cars, some ran on foot, some tunnels, some semi-trucks with 50 others. I remember stories from friends and family in the SouthEast and their stories about making sure to leave doors unlocked on their ranch bunk houses so they are not broken into and destroyed. They say if you leave them unlocked, they are taken care of, even the garbage will be taken out. But if you lock them, the windows will be broken and dirty dishes left.
I think of our local police stations, sheriff’s offices, and substations, how could they (in general) handle a van of people (8) they needed to process? I think about how one car accident having a full load in a minivan could instantly have to be treated as a mass casualty incident because staffing issues made it so there weren’t enough ambulances nearby.
Call for action anyone? What suggestions can we come up with for how to take in and process large groups at one time? Let’s try to keep in mind the language barrier that will exist. Even translators on site may run into problems with dialects that slow the process. Also, we will need to keep in mind the fear these people will be experiencing, I’m not sure how many will be willing to stay inside an office/building if they have direct line of sight and ability to run out the door. Time will also need to be factored in, and I will leave out money. If we suggest building a giant facility, maybe also recommend something while its under construction.
As I said originally, see a need fill a need. I’m not opposed to writing representatives, senators, even the President. Phone calls, emails, requesting meetings, you name it depending on how strong I feel. But, I do require having a plan of action rather than a complaint. One thing Corporate America has taught me, do not go to a head office with a problem and not have at least a suggestion for a solution. I recommend providing 1 well researched solution option, or 3 great suggestions that are not. In this case, a slew of signatures on a proposal would also be recommended.
Personally, I have no idea what the “right” thing is, but I’m happy to help those who do.
CBN has an article that indicates President Trump may be taking matters into his own hands:
And here is a video of the Presidents comments on it:
Here is a great link for a fairly unbiased article about the situation:
Any words of wisdom for solutions?