I'm going to cover a sensitive topic today, and I'm doing so because of an experience we had two weeks ago. This experience made me really think about a very real American issue: Border security.
As you may know, we were in San Diego a couple of weeks ago, and one of our days there was spent visiting Monument Mesa. Monument Mesa is the most southwestern part of the United States, and is one of the parts of the US/Mexico border that has a wall. We had to hike to the wall, and Nate was starting to tire, so my mom stayed back with him. My dad and I approached the wall. We hiked up a hill where we could see across into suburban Tijuana. Stopping here, we enjoyed the view of Mexico, the U.S., and the Pacific Ocean. During this time, I witnessed three Border Patrol officers who were leading four people into BP cars. It appeared to me that these people had probably attempted to illegally cross the border, but had been apprehended.
These happenings left me pondering an extremely complicated issue. Should we, as Americans, allow non U.S. citizens, to enter our country without being background checked? Who knows what (drugs, illegal weapons) or who (criminals) might come in to the U.S.? Also, by illegally coming in, they'll be skipping the line which is full of many people legally going through the immigration process may have been waiting for a decade or more.
But I haven't told you everything that we saw. 3 out of the 4 people that we had seen being led into the cars were in the same family: A mom and two kids. (I know this because I overheard a Border Patrol officer). It made me really wonder how desperate you'd have to be if you attempt to cross one of the most (if not the most) well protected borders in the world to get to a better lifestyle. Ninety-five percent or more of these people are merely trying to escape a difficult life from their home country. It's very difficult not to have your heart touched by these kinds of people and their situation.
So we are stuck with the decision: Should we allow refugees to illegally cross the border, should we build a wall, or should we change the immigration process so more immigrants can come in quickly and legally?