Un­til fair sys­tem in place, com­pas­sion is or­der of day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

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. GLA­DYS TIF­FANY

Fayetteville di­rec­tor, OMNI Cen­ter for Peace, Jus­tice & Ecol­ogy

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