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By Columnist Bob Bridge

Mass migration at the Mexican border.
Mass migration at the Mexican border.

Our nation is divided and the antagonism is certain to amplify as we prepare for an impending General Election near the conclusion of 2024.

Expect continued complaints regarding Donald Trump’s questionable character and Joe Biden’s faltering focus.

Kind of scary, huh?

In many ways, these two guys make us dream of a more appealing alternative. Anything is possible, but don’t count on it.

Are there no issues in which the Democrats and Republicans can find agreement, a modicum of middle ground? Are all our political statesmen hateful and hard-headed?

Label me a blissfully ignorant optimist, but I think the two parties can compromise on one of our most critical, contentious conundrums if they simply lock their most openminded and respected negotiators in a room and not allow them to depart without a bipartisan plan.

The issue?

Border security.

Stop laughing, and listen.

Remember this statement from 2018?

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”

Recall this assessment from 2015?

“I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. I do think you have to control your borders.”

No, those are not the words of Donald Trump. The 2015 quote was uttered by Hillary Clinton and the 2018 opinion was voiced by Barack Obama.

I’m not sure how to explain Biden’s current blueprint for immigration (if he actually harbors one), but he and his “border czar” are making our lives more dangerous each day they shrug their shoulders and pretend our borders are secure.

This isn’t about racism … nor diversity.

What we are experiencing now is not legal immigration. It amounts to an inexplicable invasion, a disaster waiting to happen.

How many individuals crossing our porous borders are bad actors? Are we inviting another 9/11 executed by sinister cells intent on destroying us from within?

How much longer must we wait before this combustive crisis is addressed? What if you resided near the Rio Grande? Would you feel comfortable?

This issue need not be a political football. Where are the cooler heads? We need leaders, not pigheaded politicians putting themselves first and our nation at risk.

Stop posturing and fix the problem.

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