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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Mr. Biden, Tear Down This Wall

AN EDITED VERSION OF THIS POST IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN LETTERS TO THE EDITOR IN THE NEW YORK TIMES


 ("Biden Should Finish the Wall")


I have a different idea. Tear down this wall.

Even Mr. Stephens admits it would take years to finish. Thus, it has virtually no capacity to stem the present surge.

And beyond that, after 4 years of Mr. Trump using caricatures to create hatreds and stoke fears, the wall merely stands as a symbol, a testament to America's inhumanity, a sign of moral weakness not strength.

Yes, the sudden influx of immigrants creates logistical nightmares. But that is poor excuse for turning our backs, for shutting our eyes, for locking our doors to those in dire need.

We are better than the wall. We are at our finest when we find room in our hearts, and a home in our nation for those who seek shelter from the storm.

Mr Biden, tear down this wall.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tearing down the wall can't be done until we have transparency. The President needs to tell a convincing story to the American people. It is one of desperate people trying to escape abhorrent conditions south of our border: corruption, drug-trafficking, forced prostiution, kidnapping and murder. He needs to admit that our ignoring this has led us to the debacle we have now. He needs to call out South American governments as corrupt. To hell with the fake moniker "our trading partners" or "our partners in the drug war". President Biden's must be bold. We cannot turn our backs on the people trying to escape, nor can we assume Mexico and other South American countries will clean up their act on their own. We need to apply open pressure. The civilized world wouldn't expect less.

RE