Commentary

Rabbi Spero: Building Wall Is Moral, Compassionate Thing to Do

Rabbi Aryeh Spero
By Rabbi Aryeh Spero | January 10, 2019 | 10:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. A partial shutdown of the federal government has gone on for 17 days following the president's demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall while Democrats have refused. (Photo by Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)

President Trump’s proposal to build a protective wall on our southern border is part of a longstanding American legislative project.  It will protect the American people from unwanted gang members, murderers, drug dealers, sex traffickers, and jihadists exploiting our open border to gain entry into our country.  As already demonstrated, too many of our citizens have been serious victims of Congress’s irresponsibility to follow through on funding the wall.  Thus, building the wall is the moral thing to do.

Many of our communities have suffered, especially in rural areas, by an overcapacity and demand stemming from illegal immigration. Hospitals, schools, clinics, and other vital institutions have closed to the detriment of our citizens who have depended upon these institutions. Contagious diseases have begun to crop up in many areas; and people not wealthy enough to have fences surrounding their homes and unable to afford private transportation services are the victims of these outbreaks. Compassion for these ordinary American citizens is what we need and what the wall offers. 

As a spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, we congratulate President Trump for displaying concern for everyday Americans and for his courage to stand up to the media and liberal community opposed to building a protective wall.

Rabbi Spero is a theologian and a political and social commentator. He is author of "Push Back: Reclaiming Our American Judeo-Christian Spirit."

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