Letter: Humane solutions needed on immigration concerns

This letter has been prompted by “Wall, better laws can solve our problem” (Lima News, June 27). The author’s reference to “crocodile tears and gnashing of teeth” and his statement that “OK, it is sad” hardly does justice to the situation to which he refers.

Civic and religious leaders and ordinary citizens around the country and around the world have referred to the situation of separating children (sometimes infants in arms) from their parents as obscene, immoral and an abuse of children, as indeed it is. The image of children taken from their parents and put in cages is a low point in our country’s history. We are dealing with people who are already suffering, or they would not be at our borders in the first place.

The author also seems upset to “hear young families speaking in a foreign language in our stores. They are not choosing to be Americans.” I would say good for them for preserving their language and with it some of their culture. They, indeed, are Americans who are able to speak another language, something most of us can not do. Of course, if individuals take up residence in this country, it would be very helpful for them to learn the language. But why should they no longer speak their mother tongue when they have the opportunity?

Yes, we need immigration reform, but it will be arrived at in a more humane manner if we stress not building walls, but building bridges of mutual understanding. I don’t have great hope that our current president and Congress are capable of such an endeavor. We can only hope, and speak out when the opportunity presents itself.

Al O’Dell



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