Should an immigration caravan be allowed in the U.S.?

Juan Casas, Courier Staff

Immigration has been a human phenomenon occurring at various times in history, at various levels and for varying reasons. Everything from war, crime, religious persecution to poverty are just a handful of causes that have historically forced hundreds of thousands upon millions of people to migrate every year all around the world.

There are very few people, of any nationality or creed, that can say with clear certainty and honesty that they themselves or their ancestors did not migrate from one region of the world to another in some point in their history, for it is a phenomenon that is not reserved for only people of color or people from South American countries, it is not a phenomenon reserved only to non-English speakers. Migration, immigration, refugees and political asylum seekers are what build the greatest country in the world, a nation that created the largest, wealthiest economy on the globe, a society that built machines that conquered the sea, air, land and even space. It is this union of misfits, a union of all creeds and races, of nationalities, of religions, of people from all walks of life that give strength to our democracy, for even democracy demands diversity for without diversity there cannot be democracy but only totalitarianism. There is an inherent righteousness and strength that unity, diversity, and cooperation creates. So, when the question arises of what to do when thousands upon thousands of people,;men, women and children, come knocking on our southern doors, I am convinced that just because something is hard to do, maybe even impossible, that if it’s still the right thing to do then it should nonetheless be done.

The plight of immigration belongs to humanity, not to a specific country or region or a group of people. I am convinced that it is human nature to fear the unknown, but it is also human nature to care for others to feel the pain of others, and to help one another.

There is great fear, and rightly so, of strangers from a foreign country, speaking a foreign language and with foreign customs coming to the United States. The fear of not knowing who each and every person is deep inside, for it is simply not possible to flash a microscopic light upon the soul of each individual and see, for certainty, that they are good in every sense of the word and not evil or bad. It is this fear, the fear of not knowing, that has driven anti-refugee and anti-immigrant sentiment, yet I am convinced that fear is trumped by hope, just as hate is trumped by love, and cowardice is trumped by bravery.

There is, of course, much to be done, there are obvious precautions that must be taken, there are tests that can be done, background checks and psychological tests that can help weed out the evil doers in the caravan, if there are any. But we must ask a very difficult question. If we look deep down in the depths of America’s soul will we find fear, hate and cowardice or hope, love and bravery?