By Mike Lander on
Many of us living in the United States today have come here for freedom from persecution of one sort or another or our ancestors made the journey in the past for the same reason. Sometimes legally, sometimes not. While it is true that a country has to maintain control of its borders, walls, barbed wire and detention camps are not what the United States is about. Those people seeking asylum at our southern border are refugees, considered to be stateless under International Law. A county’s legal system does not apply to refugees in the same way as it would to those who have citizenship or who are legal residents.
Our history gives us examples of how we have handled the issue of refugees. Jews aboard the St. Louis were turned away from our shores only to be mostly killed in Hitler’s concentration camps. Cubans have been welcomed for the most part while Haitians have had a more difficult time. Our history also contains many examples of discrimination not related to the issue of refugees.
But I do believe that good triumphs over evil. Men and women of good will need to stand up against injustice wherever it occurs. Gandhi argued that it was necessary to make the injustice visible for change to occur. His Salt March, hunger strikes, and imprisonments gave inspiration to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I understand that photos are not permitted to be taken in these detention camps along our southern border. This attempt to manage the news cycle is indefensible. DPI is proud to present “Little Mexican Girl“; Mexico City, Mexico (1935) as our contribution to the current conversation. Note her two black eyes. You have to ask yourself what would you do if you had to live under brutal conditions? Do you fully understand what it takes to leave your country with only the clothes on your back seeking safety for you and your family? Many of us would not be alive and well in the United States today had not our ancestors made their perilous journey so long ago.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for men of good will to do nothing” — Edmund Burke