Where Did the Southern Border Dilemma Come From?

We all know that Trump is historically ignorant and doesn’t read, so he holds fiercely to his misconceptions and shoves away any facts that might challenge his deeply held biases. Witness the temper tantrum when he stormed out of the meeting with Congressional leadership.

I personally like the line someone tossed out that there isn’t enough concrete or steel fencing in the world to shore up his fragile ego.

That said, it’s important for the rest of us to understand why so many people from Latin America are in our country, including undocumented workers from Mexico. In short, we brought them here to work in low wage jobs that American workers didn’t want to fill. Although our laws re the border have waxed and waned, our addiction to cheap labor and lower prices for agricultural products, restaurant workers, home health care aides, construction tradespeople, movers, cleaners and the like has remained unchanged. Until we come to a decision in our society re that — i.e. keep cheap labor out and pay higher prices, or accept cheap labor and stop demonizing the people who provide it — we’ll be stuck with this border dilemma.

I urge you to take time to read both articles, as they deal with both historical and current aspects of the problem.



2 thoughts on “Where Did the Southern Border Dilemma Come From?

  1. last night Steven Colbert had a fabulous opening skit. It was a parody of the wall built in the 1200s by a medieval King. He purported that enemies would be kept out by the small stone wall, when it was just local peasants, who were actually digging tunnels under the wall. He refused to pay the builder and walked away, saying ‘bye, bye.’ It was tragically, too funny and too real.

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