We agree that the immigration laws must be enforced even as we, like so many, support passing better, more compassionate laws in their place. However, what we cannot fathom is how anyone could look upon migrants and asylum seekers with anything other than sympathy and compassion.
They who have the audacity to confront hardships; to cross deserts, mountains, and rivers; to leave everything behind in search of a better life in a new land. How is that not the Quintessence of America? The truest, original “American experience”? How does that not describe the best of what makes us who we are?
They are who we were – and we are who they will become. As President Barack Obama said, "We were once strangers, too".
Just as we aim to offer an ethical, socially impactful way to shop for you and your dog's adventure, the Democratic Party has put forth a group of compassionate, moral people to lead us down a more righteous path. These are people who understand that the way to alleviate the immigration crisis is not to build walls, conduct raids, or cut off foreign aid. Because punishing the people of those countries for their government's shortcomings is not a deterrent and is certainly not moral.
Rather we must support in word and deed the development of the economies and democracies in the beautiful, struggling countries from which so many hopeful, desperate – and in some cases no-other-choice – would-be Americans are fleeing.
Now, as we begin to look with renewed hope and optimism towards the 2020 election, on this issue as with the others, let's all be guided not just by our interests but also and always by our conscience.