How could one possibly contest the unassailable argument penned by Bil Carter of Speedway, Indiana. Bil cites the frequently used argument that declares we must first take care of our own before we contemplate opening the borders for the poverty stricken and political refugees from other countries. His letter to editor poignantly captures the distress experienced by a single Mom of three who is struggling to take care of her family, while having to watch the evening news revealing refugee families who are eating and lodging better than her.
Mr Carter strikes this writer as one influenced by a philosophically driven need to write lucid exposition opposing our current government policy disasters. There is a faint religious undertone to his writing that seems to be almost submerged by a secular pragmatism that our country would do well to follow!
Social services agencies throughout our state are constantly reaching out to find new resources to match the needs that are there.(this is hard enough JUST meet the needs of legal USA citizens!)And now it is some of those same agencies that are calling for the state to throw open our boundaries and embrace the refugees from difficult issues they face in their homeland. If we can’t serve the needs of the citizens of our state, how can we deliver more or better services to those who would come here to escape the same problems we can’t address now?
What do you say to the single mother of three who cannot afford to feed, shelter or clothe her children when she hears or reads about the food, clothing and shelter provided to a refugee family? How do you respond to the young mother of one, widowed by the senseless death of her military husband at the hands of extremists in some far off Muslim country?
It is easy to criticize Gov. Mike Pence for his recent stand regarding the refugee issue.(Governor would be right to refuse service, food, and medical care to illegal immigrants) But how do we draw the line?(tough question, but a start would be to take care of our own before tending to needs of foreigners)
Bil Carter, Speedway