This post was originally published on Facebook and is re-posted here with permission. Thank you, Vern Stevens, for your thoughtful commentary.
This is a Syrian refugee child. Some people live under such ghastly conditions that they choose to place themselves and their children in peril for chance to find a better life in another land. While Europe is at least trying to relocate immigrants fleeing the violence of their home countries, many of our potential presidential candidates are talking about how we can keep such people out of our country because we don't approve of the way they get in. Rather than being the Mother of Exiles that we once were, we've developed an expensive and extensive immigration system that makes it nearly impossible for very vulnerable people to pursue life, liberty, and happiness in our country that is fortunate in so many ways.
So maybe give this child some thought if you want to put any candidate in office that wants to build a wall separating our country from Latin America. Maybe the next child that washes up on shore will be in Texas or California.
Photo Source: The Guardian