Hooper: Punitive immigration policy heavy on politics, light on compassion

The inhumane treatment of migrants is what’s under attack. America can do better.
More than 100 people gathered for Lights 4 Liberty - Tampa rally on Friday in Ybor City. Aida Mackic, one of the event's organizers, said she edited the photo in black and white because "black and white isolates emotions in a way color cannot." Photo courtesy of Aida Mackic
More than 100 people gathered for Lights 4 Liberty - Tampa rally on Friday in Ybor City. Aida Mackic, one of the event's organizers, said she edited the photo in black and white because "black and white isolates emotions in a way color cannot." Photo courtesy of Aida Mackic
Published July 15
Updated July 15

Citing the media coverage of President Trump’s handling of the immigration crisis, a reader wrote to say “old white men are under attack.”

Really? I think those who gathered for the Lights 4 Liberty rally in Tampa Friday would beg to differ. So would a lot of people.

What’s under attack is a policy that fosters the inhumane treatment of migrants, separates families and forces children to live in deplorable conditions.

What draws criticism is an approach focused solely on deterring migrants with little acknowledgement of the horrors they face in their own countries.

What saddens is an attitude that fails to acknowledge the contributions that immigrants make after they arrive in this country, often taking jobs American residents refuse to do.

What’s debated is why a guest worker program, secure borders and DACA protections can’t unilaterally be put in place.

What’s questioned is why his immigration effort, which unfairly vilifies so many as criminals, seems more about finger-pointing and scoring political points than a real solution?

None of this relates to the president’s race, age or gender. It’s about his lack of compassion.

Yet the argument doesn’t surprise. The charlatans more interested in generating television ratings, gaining radio listeners and selling books have long advanced the false notion of reverse racism with no regard for its impact on the nation.

It’s one of the reasons mistreating an entire class of people actually boosts the president’s approval ratings in some circles.

Still, I know America can do better. It’s why I keep writing about this issue. I await the day we start to do better. Prayerfully. Leviticus 19:33-34.

That’s all I’m saying.

Advertisement