Any traveler to the US in the past month would have discovered a nation “shut down” over a recurring debate regarding the building of a wall on the U.S.–Mexican border. The uncompromising leadership of our nation allowed 800,000 of its employees to work unpaid for 35 days arguably affecting over 2 million government workers and their families. These families are still paying the consequences of the nation’s dysfunctional behavior.
The dysfunction does not stop at the White House and the Senate but pervades the very institutions the nation debates about. Just yesterday, Immigration Courts around the nation where flooded with people appearing with fake notices indicating they would be deported if they did not comply. ICE seemingly just made up random Court dates without the Court either confirming jurisdiction over these individuals or actually scheduling these hearings, causing chaos at Immigration Courts across the nation. Let’s be realistic. If even 10% of the undocumented persons in the U.S. showed up in Immigration Court today the nations 300 Immigration Judges could not handle it. They can barely handle the half a million cases that are currently backlogged and currently in proceedings.
Unfortunately, this sad state of affairs is the result of how we the American people choose to treat one another. It is the result of hate. The nation once known to the world as the great “melting pot” now hates what is different and foreign. Instead of exploring real solutions to unemployment, integration and security we choose a scapegoat. That scapegoat is the immigrant. No matter what rhetoric politicians have used to manipulate the people, ultimately it is us the people who are responsible for the hate.
Coretta Scott King once said, “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” That is certainly is the case for America today. Our hatred has literally shut down our nation. Although, we can hardly force anyone to love an immigrant, we can take on our individual responsibility to absolve ourselves from the madness of group hate. This we must do. It is the only hope for progress in our Union.
By The Immigration Post – Chief Editor