Letter: Seeking a better life

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Can I easily imagine what it’s like to live in a place where my son’s or daughter’s life is being threatened by gang members? It’s really not easy for me, so far it is from my experience. But there are such places. And someone who’s actually decided to leave their country for that reason — pulled up stakes and braved the risks and unknowns of migration across a foreign land, faced “coyotes” and braved rivers and deserts to, yes, create a better life for themselves and their children — might be seen as the ideal immigrant. They are desperate for the order and the rule of law that that new land has to offer. They will want to contribute to, and refresh, a quality of society that you and I may take for granted. If you think about it, chances are they are not criminally or antisocially inclined, but the opposite.

Jonathan von Ranson