Watching Obama’s June 19 speech in Berlin, it was impossible not to think of the abysmal gap between the high principals of compassion and freedom he espoused at the site of that former wall and the death-dealing attitude of the U.S. government at the wall constructed between the United States and its neighbor to the south. That same week Senators Corker and Hoeven presented a “border security” amendment to the immigration reform bill that would require 20,000 more border agents and 700 miles more fence along the Mexican border, and cost taxpayers some $3.2 billion for war-zone equipment like what is used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Americas Program made this four-minute video that shows the stark contrast between the images from our own border and the empty words of a speech given thousands of miles from home. As Obama speaks of peace and justice, Congress prepares to load a bill meant to fix our broken immigration system with contracts for a defense/security complex addicted to the “perpetual war” he rejects.

We know militarizing the border makes no one safer. We know that hundreds of migrating men, women and children die as a direct result of “border security” measures every year. We know there is a better, more humane way to live together.

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  • Gary Roberts
    Posted July 20, 2013 3:07 pm 0Likes

    While at a carne asda with business associates in Saltillo, Mexico it was suggested, by my Mexican counterpart at our companies plant, that Americans make too much money. I agreed with him, but I said it would be better to raise the standard of living and income of Mexican workers. For too long Mexico, Central and South America have all been exploited. If we all concentrated on establishing a middle class standard of living for all of the Americas there would be no border issues other than illegal drugs. Of course creating a level standard of living for all the Americas will not be possible until the problem of drug cartels is eliminated and the only way to eliminate illegal drugs is to remove the exorbitant value of drugs. The only way to remove high drug value is by legalizing all drugs. Legalizing drugs would require the implementation of regulations for all drugs sold in the Americas, but again it is the only way to solve the problem.

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