Editor, Times-Advocate: Recently our Congressional Representative, Mr. Issa, emailed asking if I thought President Biden’s policies encouraged “the surge” in immigration. According to the Director of Trans-border Institute at USD, Professor Everard Meade, this is not a surge but rather a very normal seasonal situation. It is a humanitarian crisis, though and should be treated as such. Mr. Issa and his colleges should take the effort to educate themselves on the entire issue and come up with positive, meaningful solutions. Here is my response that I sent Mr. Issa: Possibly Mr. Issa would like to read about the important facts regarding the current immigration situation at the border from those who actually study it and see it as more than a political issue. Please read the following article: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/professor-reacts-to-wapo-articles-claims-border-is-not-seeing-surge-or-crisis/2559256/?amp
Installing ineffective and environmentally damaging physical barriers and making political noise does little to nothing to resolve a complicated issue such as immigration. If Congress had not shut down Mr. McCain’s compromise ideas and solutions years ago, we would have been much closer to real solutions than listening to political jabs that get nothing accomplished. Please stop the “us or them” barrier and work to provide real solutions to our immigration problems. If our representatives are truly interested in bi-partisan cooperation and actual results, maybe Mr. Issa would like to reach out across the aisle to create a lasting resolution to the border situation that impacts his (my) Congressional District, our state and our country.
RYAN FERGISON, Escondido