What would you do?

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

To the editor:

I get it, this type of immigration is illegal. We know it’s illegal and there should be a response in some way. You say it’s illegal, yet you go 10 over the speed limit everyday. You say it’s illegal, yet you deduct those “business lunches” every time. Those two simple illegal acts at the large scale they are abused are more threatening to my kid’s safety and our country’s financial solvency than any amount of illegal immigrants let alone their children.

I look at this like I look at nearly every situation I haven’t personally witnessed or experienced. I ask what would I do? How would I react? What if I were walking in their shoes? I’ll tell you what I’d do. If I were living in squalor in a third-world country, unable to feed, clothe or shelter my family and all I had to do was walk across an imaginary line in the desert and we’d instantly be among riches, opportunities and hope beyond anything I could comprehend, I would do it in a heartbeat. Even If you told me it’s “illegal,” according to those who already have all of those riches, I’d still do it. I wouldn’t be able to look my family in the eye and tell them I’d done everything I could to provide for them without trying. Look your children in the eye and tell them you wouldn’t do the same. You won’t.

Now bring it back to you speeding down the highway, only this time your kid is unconscious in the back and you’re rushing to the hospital. Is breaking every traffic law to get there justified? To you it is. I’d do the same. What if you get pulled over. Do you stop? They’ll say “I’m sorry, you were breaking the law. Sit here while I write you a ticket and then you can go.” What would you do? How would you react? If you knew that could happen would it change your decision to leave in the first place? We are no different than any of them. So much so that I hate using a word like “them.” We may have been lucky in that our mom happened to be in this country when we were born, but how did we really earn that? What makes you or I so special that we must sit at the top of the mountain and say to those at the bottom, “you aren’t good enough, you need to get here legally.” Have empathy. Be thankful for what we have. Much of it we work hard for and earn, yet much of it is given to us and we never appreciate it until we lose it or see those without.

We should be working together, finding solutions to help each other up the mountain rather than stepping on the faces of those below us and seeing them as a threat. I see that work in Nevada on a daily basis — whether through our food banks, fundraisers, volunteers or the new Nevada Nice initiative. We have an amazing core ethos in our town to raise each other up and support those who need help. We should expect and call upon our state and federal governments to do the same.

Luke Spence