There are better ways to handle the border

I would like to offer some words in rebuttal to Rich Lowry's recent column on the crisis at the border.

As someone who has been following the debate between the GOP and the Democratic party as to the severity of a crisis at our southern border and the proclamation from Mr. Trump's White House as it being a national emergency, I have some questions.

There have been illegal border crossings for as long back in our history as we can remember. Is building a wall the entire length of our border going to stop every illegal entry? No. Remember, anything built by man can be conquered by man.

For years there have been tunnels discovered that have been dug under the border in certain areas. Is a magnificent wall going to inhibit any future tunnels? I doubt it.

Don't get me wrong, I do believe we should have a secure border. But there are too many spots on our southern border that a wall is not a practical idea.

Instead of treating everyone who crosses our border illegally as a member of some notorious gang, let's separate the chaff from the wheat.

Clearly the masses that have been trying to gain entry to the U.S. are doing so legally by asking for asylum-based on economic- or violence-based reasons in their homeland. Have we become such a cold-hearted nation that we treat those that are asking for asylum the same as hardened criminals?

If so, what crimes have the children committed that they should be separated from their parents and kept in cages. To our Secretary of Homeland Security they are not cages, but cyclone fencing with no beds or privacy, and only benches to sit on with gates that are locked with armed guards.

Let's try another solution, maybe a little smarter, more secure and just a bit more humane. There are too numerous to count immigration hearings that have been or are being postponed or delayed because of the lack of judges to hear the cases. Wouldn't appointments to fill these spots in the courts relieve the backlog of asylum-seeking cases waiting to be tried?

In turn, wouldn't a speedy process for these cases relieve the need for some of these holding centers and we could use that saved money for border protection?

We, as a nation, must realize that illegal immigration has been and always will be a part of our history. So let's approach a solution to this problem as it is, a problem. A problem that can be curtailed with civility and common sense. Not to make it sound as if a well-trained heavily armed foreign army is invading to overthrow our government and destroy our way of life.

We are not going to catch every "Bad Dude" that crosses our border illegally, but finding a more practical solution other than "jail them all and treat them like animals" could work more effectively. And maybe, just maybe, it would take a little bit of the shine off that black eye we have accumulated in the world's view these last couple of years.

Joel Butz,