Letter: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas should be included in border discussions

Organize border summit to find solutions

The Statue of Liberty and the Emma Lazarus words (“Give me your tired, your poor…”) have long been a beacon to the world. It’s an honorable, humanitarian ideology embraced by this country; however, it may be time to do the unthinkable and review this ideology for feasibility. Immigration at our southern border has gotten uncontrollable due to dictatorships and unending strife in South America. Past administrations have either exploited the situation or passed the problem on.

It’s time to initiate a southern border summit to include the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas and a dignitary from Mexico to represent that country. These people know the problems firsthand and could develop a workable recommendation for the approval of Congress.

It's likely no one will emerge unscathed and compromise will be involved. If this meeting of the minds can’t find a solution, there isn’t one.

Playing political games only exacerbates the problem and solves nothing. It does, however, give the gamers press and a following for forthcoming elections.

Jeff Reeder, Akron

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Seek compromise in southern United States on migrant influx