This issue is a big embarrassment for the US. Not to mention incredible suffering for families and their children.
Rubin is a favorite whipping girl of the right. But that does not make the message any less powerful.
People leFT their countries for similar reasons throughout history. Persecution, extreme conditions such as starvation, droughts, wars, pogroms and economic disasters. The rich, connected and powerful seldom leave.
The world is hardening against the movement of people and it will only get worse. About 1/4 of the world are in acute water crisis. Including our own Southwest. Can’t move emergency water like bags of rice or flour.
Our crisis at the border is not unlike the causes of the “mass migration” of black Americans from dangerous and crushing situations in the South. The lawlessness and racial persecution, along with legal suppression was more than many could handle.
The response in the North was not particularly welcoming. And these were Americans v. Americans. Blatant discrimination in housing education and jobs continued but fewer lynchings for minor social gaffes. But there were still riots.
What eventually transpired was air conditioning and Civil Rights . The South became richer, less threatening and more livable. Offices, factories and rising standards of living followed. The Rule of Law applied to everyone.
The migration reversed eventually.
The point? We can throw up all the barriers we want, but unless we can address why people are taking these incredible risks to emigrate, the problem will continue.
And not just here, but around the globe.