Some sayings should be examined rather than simply accepted. For instance, the saying, “Good fences make good neighbors,” is found in a poem by Robert Frost. In his poem the great poet makes this observation about a walk along the fence line of his property with the person living next door:
“He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.' Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall ... ”
To hear that our federal government plans to augment the already daunting wall that divides us from our neighbors in Juarez leads us to ask Frost’s question: “What are we walling in or walling out, And to whom are we giving offense?”
The border wall is treating a symptom and not a cause. It is a symbol of a failure on the part of our country to resolve the issues that could be dealt with by a comprehensive immigration reform. It is a response to our affluent nation’s unwillingness to love our neighbor—neighbor countries and our neighbor, the immigrant and asylum seeker.
It is a sign of our broken relationship with God.
This reinforced wall will heal no wounds; solve no problems, but stand as a further scar on our land dividing our families, our cities and our nations.