LAW­LESS SURGE

The Gulf Today - - OPINION -

We are all cring­ing at the im­ages of mi­grants, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, LEE­ING tear GAS At THE south­ern CAL­I­FOR­NIA Bor­der. At THE same time, we have to sep­a­rate the emo­tion of those im­ages from the re­al­ity that a law­less surge at bor­der check­points is go­ing to draw a re­sponse from the law en­force­ment agents we have charged with keep­ing or­der. When dozens of mi­grants at­tempted to cross the bor­der il­le­gally and be­gan hurl­ing rocks at US Bor­der Pa­trol Agents, the agents had lit­tle choice but to em­ploy tear gas to dis­perse the crowd. If we take yet another step back and look at mat­ters ra­tio­nally rather than emo­tion­ally, we can see that from the Mid­dle East to the north­ern tri­an­gle of Cen­tral Amer­ica, we are wit­ness­ing one Hu­man­i­tar­ian Cri­sis AF­TER Another — peo­ple LEE­ING THEIR na­tive Coun­tries in search of a bet­ter life. Ebbing democ­racy, fail­ing states and in­creas­ing des­per­a­tion are lead­ing peo­ple to seek bet­ter cir­cum­stances than those they face. In Amer­ica, we need to be a light of hope for the world — deeply en­gaged in build­ing bet­ter states abroad through the ex­am­ple of democ­racy, free­dom and rule of law. That’s why it’s cru­cial for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the new House lead­er­ship to work with GOP lead­er­ship in the Se­nate to en­sure our for­eign and trade poli­cies in Cen­tral Amer­ica and around the world are aimed at in­creas­ing free­dom and pros­per­ity in the same way the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment helped lift a gen­er­a­tion of Mex­i­cans out of the worst grip of poverty.

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