Better for all? Not with a wall

If one stepped into a grocery or department store last week, chances are you got a first-hand look at a real-life fake emergency.

The cavalcade of bouquets, chocolates and stuffed animals hastily plucked off store shelves signified the realization that a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift is better than a one-way ticket to Couch-town.

A true emergency? Not in the slightest.

When it comes down to it, however, the “emergency” behind a late-game Valentine’s Day purchase still holds more weight than the premise that our nation’s southern border has been overrun.

Make no mistake about it – President Donald Trump’s “National Emergency” declaration last week is a Hail Mary attempt to get someone – specifically us, the taxpayer – to fund a border wall he said Mexico would pay for.  It’s all part of a campaign promise (rather, an elaborate ruse) built from the start on lies, fear and deceit.

The declaration allows for the President to allocate billions of dollars toward solving the “emergency” at the border. According to reports, the majority of funds will go to building Trump’s wall, this despite many law enforcement officials speaking to the contrary of the President’s views.

From NPR to CNN and many other media outlets in between, numerous law enforcement officials have refuted the President’s erroneous claim of a “crisis” along our southern reaches.

That’s not to say there isn’t an illegal immigration problem.

But to say that our southern border is being “invaded” is not true. To claim that our nation is facing a “crisis” is also equally inaccurate.

Let’s instead call our President’s so-called “National Emergency” for what it is – an action that fosters hate, racism and intolerance.

Look no closer than the false characterizations and generalizations made by the President and sycophants toward undocumented residents, the mass majority of whom are minorities.

They’ve suddenly become drug dealers, gang members and worse overnight.

These are also the same people who are risking everything to seek a better life.

People who contribute to our economy, are law abiding citizens and play a vital role in day-to-day life for all of us, whether we know it or not.

America doesn’t need this wall. Americans don’t need to pay for this wall, either. It’s not going to solve illegal immigration as much as reforming our broken naturalization, amnesty and legal citizen process.

Quite frankly, this wall itself is a threat to our national security.

Let’s instead use money to build this monstrosity on things that directly impacts people.

Homelessness, hunger, healthcare, protecting natural resources, improving aging infrastructure – all of these things impact American lives and play a role in the safety and security of our nation.

Spending even a fraction of what’s being asked for this wall could go a long way to fixing those societal ills.

So why don’t we?

Because if the call is to make America a better place, perhaps we should try to do so for all huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and not just the entitled few.

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