On my return to America from my tour in Vietnam, I witnessed that our nation was deeply divided over the Vietnam War.
I am seeing the same uncompromising divisiveness in our nation beginning to emerge in today’s crisis at the U.S. border. The immigration debate continues to boil over the nation. It has even become an issue in Aurora.
Today, we watch our Immigration, Custom and Enforcement (ICE) officials take on a role of enforcement for which they are not trained. A lack of adequate resources, creating a substandard treatment of adult and, particularly children in ICE facilities across this nation, which has created a rebellion against ICE.
Even here in Aurora, the privatized GEO facility has been forced by Administration policy to accept unprecedented numbers of undocumented adults in an overcrowded and purely inadequate facility. This substandard and abusive treatment of human beings who are fleeing from the violence and oppression in their own countries continues to grow in central and South America should not be tolerated.
As principled Americans, we must stop the abusive treatment of immigrants. The abhorrent treatment of children separated from their parents in our custody is a blemish on American principles.
Congress has failed to embrace a comprehensive immigration policy that not only deals with the lack of adequate resource needed at the border but more importantly addresses the root cause of the immigration issues. What needs to address is to determine why people are seeking refuge in America.
We must stop the punitive actions that current U.S. foreign policy has taken against countries from which the streams of immigrants are coming from. You cannot stem the flow of immigrants by cutting U.S. foreign aid to nations struggling with violence and economic instability.
America should begin to work more closely with these nations to help restore their broking economies and help mitigate their social unrest in their nations.
America must address the treatment of immigrants. America is better than this!
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