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Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

As a leader in the military, I learned a long time ago that if something was easy to fix, someone would have already fixed it. President Trump evidently hadn’t learned that prior to his election, but since then, has time and again realized that uh, YEAH, this shit is hard!

Take the border wall for example. It might have been good “red meat” for his supporters, but there are three good reasons why there is not a finished border wall along our southern border: 1) it is a very complicated endeavor, 2) it is really, really expensive, and 3) it won’t solve the problem of illegal immigration. I mean, get real! Trump isn’t the first politician to try to make hay with this issue, but the rhetoric always slams into reality eventually.

I knew for example in 2011, that Arizona Senator Steve Smith wasn’t going to get anywhere with his “www.BuildTheBorderFence.com” initiative and I was right. Smith promised to raise some $50 million to build a 15 foot fence at busy border-crossing points and erect fences where there were no federal fences. After three years however, the project had only raise $265,000, not even one-tenth of the $2.8 million needed to build the first mile of fencing. As for the $265,000, last I could find the advisory committee assigned to do something with the funding were asking sheriffs how they would use it. Continue reading

Reading by Linda Valdez, author of “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders”

Crossing the Line

Linda Valdez, author of “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders” (Texas Christian University, 2015,  $22.95). “Not a typical immigration story, Crossing the Line is told by a middle-class American woman who fell in love with the son of an impoverished family from rural Mexico, a man who crossed the border illegally to be with her. Married in 1988, Linda and Sixto Valdez learned to love each other’s very different families and cultures, raising their child to walk proudly in both worlds. The books cuts through the fears and preconceptions that fuel the continuing political turmoil over immigration.  For more than two decades, Linda Valdez has been an opinion writer for the largest papers in Tucson and Phoenix, specializing in medical, education, justice, immigration and other human rights issues.  She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2003, and her commentary opposing America’s famous anti-immigration laws earned her the Scripps Howard Walker Stone award for editorial writing.” (from a flyer about this event)

Friday, Feb. 19,  7 p.m. at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue, NW corner of 4th Avenue and E. 7th St. in Tucson.

Linda Valdez

Linda Valdez

Reading will be followed by a Q and A period. Refreshments will be served.  Linda is a columnist with the Arizona Republic.

Info: www.antigonebooks.com, info@antigonebooks.com, 520-792-3715.