National Geographic : 2007 Sep
LETTERS Our Wall While a wall is certainly not the cure, it seems the only solution in the short term that can help stem illegal immigration. So how do we solve the problem? It will require effort, legislation, and money on both sides of the border. Immigration to the United States needs to be accessible for people who have skills, talents, or pending jobs that would contribute to the U.S. economy. On the other side of the border, work needs to be done to create an economy that can support those people who are willing to work. If the millions of people here illegally were working in Mexico, think of all that could be done. I hold no disdain for the Mexican people or for those in this country, illegally or otherwise. I do have disdain for those who do not take action, or who choose to support, with their voices, actions, or legislation, illegal immigration. SEAN SANDERSON Jacksonville, Vermont The current wall-building along the U.S.-Mexico border seems intended to secure our wealth, not our lives. A better solution would be to address the eco nomic disparity that isat the root of the problem of illegal immigration. This wall repre sents a moral failure and is an embarrassing spectacle-the richest nation in the world Corrections, Clarifications May 2007: America, Found & Lost (page 50) The quote attributed to Jean de Crevecoeur came from his 1801 book, Journey Into Northern Penn sylvania and the State of New York. building a wall to keep its poor neighbors out. Shame on us. FERDI BUSINGER Anacortes, Washington Author Charles Bowden com mented on a volleyball game that had been played until recently by townsfolk from both Sonora and Arizona. I am one of the organizers of the game and the fiesta. The game is ongoing; the last one was held in April. It's a neighbor hood party that draws about 400 families. The next fiesta will likely be next April. Per haps Bowden can attend. If so, he should bring food to share. EMILIE VARDAMAN Naco, Arizona Illegal aliens are breaking the law. We are only now finding out how much illegal immigra tion costs the U.S. in welfare and medical and school costs. The competition for low-wage jobs also hurts low-skilled American workers and keeps minimum wage artificially low. GEORGE EYNON Humble, Texas Borders are necessary political lines of demarcation, nothing more. Are the boundaries between the U.S. and Canada, for instance, a source of vio lence? Do they say something unpleasant about us or our neighbors? Do they exist to cre ate fear and the desire for con trol? Every nation has laws that govern immigration. The U.S. is no different. When those laws are violated by individuals and governments, then there must be a response. Walls, unfortunately, are the easiest, yet most ineffective, response. R. 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