When I was a young boy in elementary school, we used to sing a song that included these lyrics: 'So let's extend a helping hand / Across the Rio Grande / And help each other through / Like all good neighbors do.' Times have definitely changed since then, yet the sentiment still holds true. Mexico […]

When I was a young boy in elementary school, we used to sing a song that included these lyrics:
'So let's extend a helping hand / Across the Rio Grande / And help each other through / Like all good neighbors do.'
Times have definitely changed since then, yet the sentiment still holds true. Mexico is our neighbor. We should strive to be a good neighbor.
Unfortunately, our current President seems intent upon re-writing the above lyrics so that they sound something more like this: 'So let's build a 5.7 billion dollar wall / Up which no one can crawl / To isolate this land /And lay a tax on every man' (and woman).
What's really sad is that building a wall even appears on our national radar. Walls separate and isolate us from others. Remember the Berlin Wall and what a symbol of division that was? We put up walls out of fear. We build walls to defend, that is true, but typically that's when a war is involved. As far as I know, we haven't been at war with Mexico since 1848.
Certainly, there are problems with the immigration system. Yes, bad guys are crossing over the border, and we need to stop them. On the other hand, there are many good guys (and women) crossing over who only want to support their families and provide a better way of life for them. There are numerous businesses, including many in Kansas, that hire illegal aliens to perform jobs that Americans today apparently are unwilling to perform. So, instead of wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on an overpriced steel wall, why don't we instead hire more people to process applications for the good guys who want to become citizens of our country? If we want to grow the economy, as President Trump surely does, then we should streamline the process of naturalization and citizenship so that American employers are not breaking the law.
In the song, 'Walls,' performed by Tommy Emmanuel, who has played at the Walnut Valley Festival numerous times, the chorus repeats, 'If there's any hope for love at all / Some walls, must fall.'
Hopefully, the wall will just never be built, so it won't have to fall.