– Parish: ‘the thought’

We were initially moved to write this opinion piece while our country was in the midst of the longest partial government shutdown. While a second shutdown has been averted, we are distressed over the declaration of a national emergency to circumvent the will of the people. The shutdown directly inflicted pain upon federal workers and contractors, and we recognize the trauma that the working class, working poor, and those living in poverty faced due to reduced access to many services. Now with the national emergency declaration billions of dollars will be diverted from departments and agencies that they were appropriated to. All of this is troubling for us because we hold that the border wall is an ineffective, simplistic solution to a manufactured crisis that would cause more harm than well-being.