Letter To The Editor – Oconee Enterprise

See below for a letter published in the August 2, 2018 Oconee Enterprise, written by Oconee Democrats’ own Alice Zwaagstra!

Great job, Alice, we couldn’t agree more!

Congress Needs Courage On Border

A few thoughts on our border/migrant situation.  Let me begin with a quote from a letter to the Enterprise dated July 19, 2018:  from Matthew 25:40, Jesus said truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.  Now, with regard to cruel and inhumane policies at our border, where to begin?  

First, I would expect our president to work with congress to pass meaningful legislation on immigration, not initiate, on his own, poorly thought out measures intended to punish, not ameliorate conditions requiring flight.  We are so fortunate here that we cannot imagine weeks of travel, mostly on foot, privation and danger to escape even worse.  Neither I, nor anyone I know, wants open borders, but we need lawmakers with the intestinal fortitude to lead and pass intelligent laws to deal with immigration.

Second, I would expect government to have adequate personnel and facilities to handle an influx of refugees, not turn them away saying “Sorry. No room at the inn.”  With no home to go to, no well-stocked refrigerator with food and no bed to sleep in, where would anyone go?  

Third, what is our government doing to ease conditions in the countries from which the migrants are coming?  Are we attacking the opioid crisis full force, since the drug trade is responsible for much of the violence and our own country of addicts requires a constant supply?  Or are we doing everything possible to prevent treatment and medical care by gutting the affordable  care act?  Are we sending well-seasoned diplomats to help El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to help quell the violence?  None of these reasonable measures are happening.

So I ask you, among the many positive things we could be doing, what are we accomplishing?  Keep the above reasonable measures in mind when you vote for members of congress this fall, because very few of them are helping.  Trump is not correct on immigration, but he is aided and abetted by those in congress meant to be a check who don’t have the backbone to speak up.

Alice Zwaagstra

Bishop, Georgia

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