It locks us in
Walls are great in buildings for they create living and working space. But walls that separate nations and the natural flow of commerce, cultures and friendship – that separate loved ones, limit artistic endeavors and the natural ingenuity when people blend cultural talents – such walls and borders lock us in and lock us up.
For a nation to be really independent it must allow flow. To cut off the current of Human ingenuity creates stagnation – the result – dependance and lack. The word independence relates to grand words like freedom, victory and triumph. Thinking about these wonderfully descriptive words my thoughts travel to those who do not experience freedom.
Worldwide, our brothers and sisters cry out for equality, freedom to speak, to freely move about – without borders, walls or checkpoints. People all over the world want an economy that will support life and laughter – the opportunity to work at jobs or in their fields – they want to feed their families and live in dignity. When denied these simple opportunities the people rebel.
As this piece is being written, a metal, electrical, guarded and patrolled wall is being constructed along the border between Mexico and the United States. Borders and their walls separate – tear apart families, friendships and nations. Our Mexican brothers and sisters are part of our American society. Whether they legally or illegally cross the border they are a part of our society – a part pf our workforce – often doing jobs that are not appealing to others. They color our lives with their cuisine, their music, dance and art – their kids play and go to school with ours.
Advocates of the ‘Wall’ claim it is there to deter crime. It seems to me we are encouraging crime rather than solving it – alienating our neighboring country rather than promoting goodwill and commerce.
Way back in President Reagan’s time we criticized Berlin for its wall. And now America constructs one with the same purpose – to keep our neighbors out. Remember when German citizens were willing to risk life and limb to get on the other side of that wall?
We see history repeating itself! Mexican nationals die in the scorching Sonoran Desert in their attempts to reach jobs on the American side of the ‘Wall.’ The Berlin wall taught a lesson. Look at a united Germany of today. The wall came down – today they prosper!
Immigrants don’t steal jobs! Americans suffer without jobs and the needed amenities because of political dominance and corporate selfishness. Can it be denied that friendly relations and mutual trade agreements would create a better life for American and Mexican citizens alike – that the border is inhumane, creating suffering through policing separation – and calling attention to our differences rather than our Humanity.
America – let me take you to the Statue of Liberty with her torch of enlightenment held high. Read with me part of the engraved inscription of poetry written by Emma Lazarus. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teaming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Here is a quote from Madeleine Albright, first woman US Secretary of State. “There is a significant moral difference between a person who commits a violent crime and a person who tries to cross a border illegally in order to put food on the family table. Such migrants may violate our laws against illicit entry, but if that’s all they do they are trespassers, not criminals. They deserve to have their dignity respected. I am a beneficiary of the American people’s generosity, and I hope we can have comprehensive immigration legislation that allows this country to continue to be enriched by those who were not born here.”
The Golden Door is the Compassionate Heart. It must be opened to all and for all! There can be no-such-thing as an immigrant – anywhere! When America (as the leader) practices Brotherhood and Sistership, the entire world will follow suit. America can be the blueprint for worldwide Peace – but we have to stop game-playing! Walls and borders – wars and subterfuge – the powerful and the helpless – nonnegotiable!
In this day and time, we are invited to triumph over fear – to see the beauty in every culture. Let’s make friends – not war! Let us collectively create an energy of unconditional Love so potent, so tender and accepting that all Humanity will recognize we are one family!
This is Humane! And the word Humane must be the centerpiece in the word Humanity.
Kaih Khristé King