Why Biden should really construct the border wall

The most harrowing tale I’ve examine in The New York Instances in new times was Miriam Jordan’s account of a motor vehicle crash last thirty day period in Southern California involving a Ford Expedition that experienced appear from Mexico, straight via a breach in the border wall. The Ford was crammed with 25 people today when it hit a tractor-trailer rig on Route 115, 110 miles east of San Diego.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent looks on near a gate on the U.S.-Mexico border wall as agents take migrants into custody, Sunday, March 21 in Abram-Perezville, Texas. [AP PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ]

“Few of the survivors have been capable to explain what happened next,” Jordan writes. “The crunch of metal and glass, the bodies flung dozens of toes across the pavement. Twelve people died on the spot, a 13th at a nearby medical center.”

Jordan follows the tales of the victims and survivors, and there is a heartbreaking sameness to them: individuals who have been driven by worry or want from their houses in Mexico and Central The usa, and who are eager to acquire grave pitfalls and spend exorbitant sums to make it to the United States. These are not terrorists, gang associates, lowlifes, advantage seekers or — except in their willingness to violate U.S. immigration regulations — lawbreakers. They are seekers of the American aspiration, deserving of our compassion and respect.