To the Editor:
Our country needs to update and enforce an immigration policy that reflects the demands of the 21st century. However, creating new policies can make that very difficult job near impossible.
Currently, we have a situation at the border where children are being separated from their parents. Even if the children were being held in ideal conditions the traumatic separation of the children from their parent(s) alone will cause these young children short and long-term social and emotional harm. They made their dangerous journey wanting the freedoms and opportunities generations of immigrants risked their lives for, but we’ve begun to criminalize that dream. Even the most hard-line conservative knows many of these scarred children will eventually become American citizens. They will be in our school systems. Why create an ongoing social problem when keeping families together would alleviate much of the problem?
The other problem with how the current crisis is being handled is using human beings as bargaining chips. Changing or ending a policy to make a situation so much worse attempts to force many in Congress and the American people to accept conditions that are morally unacceptable. Putting extreme pressure on a business competitor forcing them to accept terms or go out of business is an accepted practice in the business world. However, when a leader is charged with protecting the very people he/she is using as pawns the leader has failed in his duties. The Constitution planned for such a leader. It created an equally powerful branch of government: Congress.
When Congress has members who do not have the political courage to stand for the values this country is based on, we must find replacements. In the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, we are fortunate to have an immigration lawyer, Sara Dady, running to replace our current congressman. In Dady we have a candidate who understands open borders are unacceptable and our immigration laws need to be rewritten. However, she also has the compassion to maintain the possibility of the dream of coming to America for a better life.
It is time to demand leadership that is both intelligent and compassionate. Leadership that puts the future of America at home and abroad before any one group or person’s political future.