The Trump administration continues with its stated goal of arresting and deporting all of those in this country illegally. The so-called “Bad Hombres” that are supposed to be on the short list for deportation those with criminal backgrounds are joined by anyone who crossed the border illegally no matter how long ago that the incident occurred in the past. To add more misery to the undocumented the government said that parents will be separated from their children at the border, and the adults will be sent to federal prisons until their individual cases can be processed through the immigration courts who are already burdened with a backlog of cases that will take years to resolve.
The farmers and businesses that depend on the labor of the undocumented workers are now struggling to find replacements for those who stopped working out of fear of arrest and deportation. This will cause a hike in prices of products we use on a daily basis. Agriculture is the one sector where we will feel the pain in our wallets. We will all suffer in the long term by these actions of the president and Jeff Sessions the Attorney General. People on both sides of the debate about illegal immigration have valid points to support their opinions. The battle for civil rights has evolved from American citizens of color seeking justice in the 60’s to those who seek a chance at a better life far from what they once called home. They now face what can only be called a prison nation in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Once again we can do better than this.