Steve Almond tells of living in El Paso and watching persons from Juarez “commute” to work every day by wading across the Rio Grande in the morning, then wading back home the next day. He contrasts what he observed with harsh rhetoric of the anti-immigration folks and concludes:
What they’d discover is an ancient and enduring truth: immigration is not about spreading evil. It’s about poor people seeking to become less poor. It is about the very human beings whose honest labors built our nation, and whose dreams honor its most sacred tenets.
Cookie Jill points out that