This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station.
There is this ignoring of the immigration problem and barking back and forth at each other without coming up with compromised solutions that actually allow people to be here legally and yet don’t put undue burdens on our education system, on our hospitals.
The Federal government controls the border and who gets to come in, but local governments have to bear the burden of the expense, and corporate interests gain from having cheap labor, but they don’t have to provide the healthcare and the education.
I think you have to treat people with respect and dignity. That means they need to be able to be here legally.
I have a lot of friends who are here from a wide variety of countries. I pastor a church of fifteen to sixteen ethnic groups alone in our congregation. Not to mention, anybody living in Los Angeles or in California, you’re affected by the wave of immigration because you are in relationship with people who are documented as well as undocumented.
In California, we also have an issue of hospitals shutting down because they are being overrun. I am concerned about justice.
I think people need to be treated with dignity and fairness. But it’s not fair for a person to go into a hospital and if they can show documentation but they’re poor, they get a bill, but if they don’t have any documentation the taxpayer pays for it and they don’t get a bill. Both cases people are being treated without dignity and being treated unfairly.