Until fair system in place, compassion is order of day
The June 25 editorial “No Sanctuary” makes the excellent point that our nation’s immigration system is broken. That’s one point people on most sides of the issue can agree to. The assumption of the editorial, though, is that the problem lies with those who disobey the broken laws, and not with the lawmakers who are reluctant to address the complex problems and give us a system that can actually work for human beings, business and the nation. This is the bedrock difficulty we face, and it must be addressed.
I hope our congressional members John Boozman, Tom Cotton and Steve Womack are hearing the cry of the people from their districts who are asking for this.
Until there’s a fair system in place that acknowledges the problem, honors the humanity of people, recognizes that businesses need workers, and families and communities need to be cherished, not broken up, until that enlightened system is in place, it will be necessary for well-meaning communities that want to be seen as welcoming to all to remind our leaders that this is wrong.
Until then it will be important for good-hearted citizens to defend the humanity of those desperate and honest people who come across our borders seeking safety and a good life.
Fayetteville director, OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology