Migrant refusal is repulsive
As adoptive parents of three, we find Gov. Reynolds’ refusal to accept migrant children into the state repulsive.
Unlike the lack of empathy of the governor, Iowans are a welcoming and hospitable people. The following quote of the journalist Charles M. Blow, “One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient” provides insight on how we reflect on our welcoming behaviors.
Reynolds’ comment reminds us that almost all Iowans are immigrants, and that the ancestors of some of the recent immigrants were here long before we arrived. The governor’s comment is painful because it does not represent us or inspire the good intentions within us. Not everyone is blessed to be an adoptive parent, but anyone can support those who wish to be adoptive parents.
Our immigration policies have been disputed through many administrations over the past several decades. We need to work together to resolve them.