Governing from Behind the Eight Ball
President Donald Trump talks about a wall at our southern border for immigrants, a wall with a big, beautiful door, and that puts him behind the eight ball.
We’ve always had a door on the southern border for immigration. I first learned about it 40 years ago from Mom.
We propped the door open. It was a giant turn-style. Hispanics and immigrants seeking opportunity were embraced. They brought skills, values, and a work ethic. Businesses rolled out the red carpet to welcome a people who value hard work. Y’All come!
Back then, we were living in Aurora, Illinois, and my mother managed an assembly line that built telephones at Western Electric in nearby Montgomery.
Mom knew businesses welcomed immigrants. She heard there were signs at the southern border with big letters, Welcome! Come to Aurora!
In current times, the evolving of immigration to illegal-immigration has become nothing more than a political debate thanks to a do-nothing congress clashing with a changing America that requires security.
Congress Fails to Act
Congress has made immigration a political game, tugged around by voters and special interests groups. Our leaders shrink from action and lack creative thinking.
It’s time to call for a bill rather than a recess. Put an immigration act on the books.
Our open door on the border once served to welcome our neighboring country with whom we share a continent. Today it’s a detour for immigrants and a loophole for gangs, terrorists, and drug traffic.
We simply want a door on that wall — a door with a doorbell!