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In speaking with Sen. Graham today you offered this quote:
“The dilemma is that if you’re weak, if you’re weak, which some people would like you to be, if you’re really, really pathetically weak, the country’s going to be overrun with millions of people. And if you’re strong, then you don’t have any heart. That’s a tough dilemma. Perhaps I would rather be strong, but that’s a tough dilemma.”
No, Mr. President, it’s not a tough dilemma. Separating more than 2000 kids from their families is not a tough dilemma. Housing children as young as 1 in “tender-age” facilities is not a tough dilemma. To think it is a tough dilemma further cements my belief that you are a heartless monster.
You, and all of your spineless Republican colleagues, care nothing about how this country was founded and built on the backs of immigrants. You hate the possibility that anyone who looks different might be offered a chance to improve their life in our country. You believe that making America “great” means keeping America white. You mistakenly believe that you are strong because you use walls and guns and jails.
But Mr. President you are not strong, you are weak. Do you know why? Because you are scared. Scared that immigrants might actually move here (and, oh my God, pay taxes!). Scared that Hispanics might vote democrat. Scared that the melting pot of America might actually become a melting pot. Scared that our social services and schools will be stretched to their limits.
I pity you. How horrible life must be to be scared all the time. To experience fear when a leader with true strength would experience opportunity.
Why opportunity? Do you know why immigrants are crossing into the U.S.? To work! To support the American businesses and farmers because there is a shortage of labor in our country. To create a better life for themselves. How is this not our goal as Americans?
Do you know what would reduce illegal immigration? According to the Mexican Migration Project, a research study that has been going on for more than 30 years, one solution is to take away the walls! Let people come in, register them, and, more importantly, let them go home, so that they can visit their families without worrying whether they would ever be able to come back. Your belief that “millions will overrun us” is fear-mongering. Again, only someone totally insecure with him or herself would resort to such a tactic.
You, Mr. President, are a weak one-trick pony, a side-show on our country’s stage that will soon be over. You will be a mere footnote in a great history which will ultimately see more immigrants being welcomed to and supported in our country, which will not only reduce these atrocities, but strengthen our economy and our reputation around the world. Future generations will have no time for your bigotry or hate. Instead, we will turn our attention to solving our greatest problems like climate change rather than manufactured ones like what you are doing on the Mexico border.
So, so weak Mr. President. In fact, I think you are pathetically weak.
P.S. We do know about the executive order. But you are still weak, and children are still in detention centers separated from their parents. Because of you.