Let us keep in mind the people in that caravan are hoping to escape from horrible situations in their country of origin by seeking asylum in the U.S.
I hear the angry rhetoric about how we should shut the border to any asylum seekers. How they are all illegal immigrants, even though none of them have had a chance to be an immigrant to the U.S. in any form. How we should not consider allowing such people entry into the country while we have homeless folks here. And on and on.
As I listen, my mind keeps returning to a phrase that it has hit upon more and more frequently in the last several years:
What would Eleanor do?
By whom I mean Eleanor Roosevelt. Columnist. Civil rights advocate. Oh yeah, and First Lady of the United States for 12 years.
Among many other things, she helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Just a reminder: The U.S. is a member state of the U.N. Some of the U.S.’s founding principles clearly inspired principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I’d rather the U.S. of today aspire to be that nation than one which turns its back on the Declaration.
So I end up asking myself again: WWED?
From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas Member States [of the United Nations] have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS…
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.