By J. Stewart Cook
“All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall” from Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera “The Wall.” “When Pink becomes older and learns of the death of his father, Pink is devastated by this reality and begins to build The Wall.”
Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, while taking a run in the evening in July, disappeared. She never returned. Her body was found later. She had been murdered by an illegal immigrant.
How many dead “Mollies” will it take before America finally realizes that the erection of “the wall” is the solution? One person does know, the President of the USA.
The so-called “wall” between the USA and Mexico was a “hot topic” with Donald Trump during the last election. It is still today, with more emphasis than ever. The President is adamant that the wall be built!
It is truly amazing that immigration, an international movement and to some an “institution,” can wreak such havoc in people’s lives. The whole concept of immigration is to move people, for the most part, from a “dire straits” environment to one of peace where they may flourish and be of benefit to their new country.
Does it matter to landed immigrants, or those seeking to enter a country legally or illegally, how they conduct themselves untoward others? Of course it does. However, there are exceptions and those individuals may not have respect for fellow human beings. Such was the case with Mollie Tibbetts. She was the subject of disrespect to the point of death. Death caused by an illegal immigrant. She was murdered.
Immigration is most likely the “hottest” political movement in any country, certainly the USA given its diversity. For the most part, it is successful. However, it can also be devastating to some. Where do you draw the line between a “humanitarian” movement and one that is political?
The Democrats have thrived working within a dysfunctional immigration system for years. Like many, President Trump knew this and was set on a path to change the system at the earliest opportunity. Politically speaking, does it matter what the statistics may say about crime and immigrants? A murder is a murder! Of course, a continual increase in the murder rate over years would be cause for alarm.
Unfortunately, at a given point, policy takes over and the “human spirit” is lost. Associated administrative costs must be considered. The Democrats would be fine with the status quo. On the other hand, if changes are to be made they would rather see the Republicans take the rap than themselves.
Donald Trump, along with the Republicans, will institute changes to the immigration system. They know most Americans want them to proceed. The Democrats know this as well, but are reluctant to fuel anger, create division and, more importantly, loose voters.
We don’t want the “Mollies of America” to be the “poster girls” of politicians. These are innocent people who may have been in the so-called “wrong place at the wrong time.” Nevertheless, all politicians must realize that one more death is one too many! Mollie was supposed to be one of the many Americans to welcome the newcomers. She was never given the opportunity. So let us remember and not forget that…all in all, IT’S MORE, than just another brick in the wall!