Despite what we say about and to each other, most of us want to be compassionate.
The question is, how? What is compassionate?
We’d encourage our friends who think open borders and allowing rampant illegal immigration is compassionate to reconsider their position.
America’s open southern border has led to all manner of suffering and death, from a flood of illicit drugs that are laying waste to lives, to a trail of human trafficking over which countless have been preyed upon and died.
One need look no further than the unimaginable horror of 10 immigrants sweltering to death inside a broiling tractor-trailer last weekend in San Antonio. The driver – who, reports say, had lost his commercial driver’s license and has a criminal past – is charged with crimes that could rightly bring him the death penalty.
That truck became a weapon of mass destruction.
In legal parlance, an “attractive nuisance” is anything that can reasonably be assumed to attract others, but which can easily turn out dangerous, even fatal. A porous border between the U.S. and Mexico fits that description perfectly.
Illegal crossings are way down this year, due to enhanced security. But the traffickers are still trafficking.
A secure border can’t stop all of it – this truck somehow made it through border checks – but it’s the opposite of compassion to allow illegal immigration knowingly.