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Letter to the editor: Immigration debate highlights poverty

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

The immigration debate has brought the USA full circle on our fear of a closer relationship with Mexico and how we should fight poverty here at home and abroad.

A recent newspaper opinion by Mark Everson, Indiana’s commissioner of Workforce Development, suggested redirecting a portion of the $6.5 billion border security funding toward “interior efforts” to reduce the use of workers not authorized to work here such as through the “E-Verify” system.

However well-intentioned this is, it simply shifts the problem of poverty from one place to another, just as border enforcement simply isolates our proliferate consumer economy from the desperate poor. Instead we should demand a choice to go forward with a new economic model that rapidly builds non-fossil-fuel-based infrastructure into sustainable community living.

Such a massive international undertaking would provide enough jobs for all. Workers and consumers would be allowed to cross borders freely on the new systems of solar mass transit. The upswell in citizen education and participation with free access to the Internet would provide forums for resolving conflict, collective bargaining with employers, fair trade of all production and electing leaders based on the public good rather than wealth.

People are dreaming of this model every second and slowly coming together to work toward it. Don’t be fooled by the war on terror, endless cycles of violence and the theft of our liberties to solve our problems. Today we have nothing to lose but our electronic chains, peace and freedom to all.

Howard Traxmor