Currently there are so many tragedies and situations going on in the world. Most of the headline news is taking place in other countries, which is outside of United State’s control; however the border immigration topic is a USA concern. Any political or religious topic is best not discussed, except that approach does not seem to be working so well.
In a recent discussion, with a few acquaintances, the topic was mentioned and the question posed, “What would we, the people of Versailles do if we were located at the Mexican border and had all these immigrants, illegal aliens, etc to care for? Would we be compassionate enough to take these people in?” One individual responded by suggesting these children could be adopted by US families. Another commented that missionary workers are always going to other countries to assist the poor, now their poor are coming to the US. It’s probably easier to assist the poor on our soil. Kind of like letting the mountain come to Mohammand.
As the conversation continued more questions arose, such as how can parents send their children to another country? In response one presumed it was a selfless act in order to give their children an opportunity for a brighter future. Another pointed out potential risks of transporting these children—they could be sold into sex trade slavery or die. Someone else mentioned some concern that this influx at the border was a distraction for a military invasion that would come from elsewhere. After everyone shared their concerns it seemed there were so many aspects to the problem that no clear solution could be reached.
But perhaps the main reason this is such a dilemma is because it involves human life and to be more precise children. Our emotions escalate when innocent children are involved; after all we’re a Christian society. But what is really the cause for this circumstance? Isn’t the answer inadequate border patrol? It’s either not enough manpower, a lack of authority at the border or a combination of both.
It’s almost laughable to think that the US cannot guard their borders, refuse entry or send back those who came across illegally; laughable because our government has been treating it like a child’s game of tag. If they get across the border before the US can stop them they’re safe. A game anyone of us would play for an “opportunity of a lifetime”, morals aside. It sounds ridiculous when one thinks about it. But I have to think the reason parent’s risk everything to get their children into the US is because they know they will not be refused, rather they will be cared for indefinitely.
So the next question: “What would happen if we sent them back and refused everyone at the border? Would we be sending a clear message that we cannot and will not allow families to risk the lives of these innocent children? Children are risking their lives to enter the United States and if we send them back their lives will again be at risk. But isn’t that being heartless? No more than telling your own children no. We discipline our children out of love; we want them to be productive and upright citizens of society. If our children do something wrong they know there are repercussions to their actions. The same rule applies to everyone and everything in life or as Newton phrased it, “Each action produces an equal and opposite reaction.”
Are we doing these foreign families a disservice in our failure to control the border? If we refused them entry, in the US, they could keep their family together, allowing their children to grow up connected to their parent’s, siblings, aunts, uncles, as well as their culture. Children would be educated and disciplined in the ways of their society, allowing them to be the future of a better society and giving them the tools to provide for their future families. A society without youth has no future and therefore cannot survive.
FYI: The need for immigration reform has been an issue since 2002, when US Border Patrol Agent, David J. Stoddard of Arizona provided testimony to a Congressional subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources. For more information concerning this letter you can check online at: www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/borderpatrol.asp. So what are your thoughts?
Tonight is the last musical event sponsored by the Versailles Towne & County Players for the season. The Swing Era Big Band and Beyond will perform at the fountain square from 7 to 9, the public is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy familiar old tunes. In the event of rain the performance will be moved to the St. Denis Church basement.
Saturday, “Molly Hatchet,” a Southern Rock band made popular in the late ’70s and ’80s, will be performing at BMI Speedway.
Congratulations to Alice’s Dairy Barn as they celebrate their 25 year in business. Happy birthday wishes to Jared Lyons, Barb Hart, Brandon Koverman, Kaleb Miller, Bethany Ahrens, Krista Jones, Laura and Sonya Frantz, Aaron Moran, Karen Dues, Jane Smith, Jessie Milligan, Magdalena Richard, Lisa Voisard, Cindy Fleenor, Colleen Post, Judi Grow, Clinton Randall, Gary Pierron, Deb Barhorst, Dusty Johns, Kristenne Kaylor, Shannon Bentley, Casey Schemmel, Karen Mangen, Jessica Francis and Matthew Kelch. Happy anniversary wishes to Melanie and Matthew Gibson (11), Karen and Rusty Frair (14), Cindy and John Wooten (36), Donna and Bruce Varner (40), Arlene and Roger Pohl (58), and Annabelle and Basil Subler (76)!
Hello to Marcia Davidson, Diane Martino, Linda Nickell, Suzanne Huston, Linda Rethman, Julie Gauderrana, Ray Simon, Tonda Riley and Donna Huelskamp.
Healing prayers and get-well wishes to John Griesdorn, Payton Platfoot, Bruce Magoto, Al Bliss, Kelli Berger, Ed Grilliot, Virginia Pittsenbarger, Cindy Brumbaugh, Donna Varner, Chris Kemper, Joni Robinson, Robert Hartzell, Joyce Lease, Marlene Zumberger, Dori and Dale Armstrong, Joe Slonkosky, Jack Borgerding, Terry Black, Shirley Strunks, Peaches Boyer, Jean Hartzell, Joyce Marshall, Iris Nickol, Donna Black, Georgie Kemper, Tammy Drees, Peg Bundy, Brain Voisard, Rusty Whittaker and all those dealing with one of life’s challenges, as well as the hospitalized and homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Jackie Barlage, also remembering the lives of Mary Jean Wehrkamp, Dylan Williams, Nancy Brandt, Ruth Platfoot, Bud Bergman, Marie Kauffman and Bob Hahn, A.L. Smith, Sally Amspaugh, Harold Apple, Jack Wood, Nelson Barga, Red Elson, Don Beam, Alma Ehlers, Fredona Rethman, Viola Voisard, Florence Paulus and Esther Cordonnier, as well as those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears
”We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
”The family circle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.” ~Henry Drummond
“Illegal immigrants are to immigration what shoplifters are to shopping.” ~Anonymous
”A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” ~Ronald Reagan
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.