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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

From Brownsville, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico to San Diego, California, on the Pacific Ocean, an iron curtain is descending on the southern border of the United States. Don’t call it a wall. It is not a wall. It is literally and figuratively an “iron curtain” made of metal slats. Its purpose is to prevent people from entering a country that has always promised freedom, equality and justice for all. With every section that is set in concrete we lose the character, beauty and ecology of the land that is destroyed to accommodate it, and we lose a part of our American soul.

Winston Churchill coined the term “iron curtain” to describe Soviet control and subjugation of the people of the states of Eastern Europe after World War II. This was a time when the United States was the protector of democracy and the leader of the free world. Churchill would be distressed to learn that the nation the world once depended on to safeguard democracy had departed from that commitment and had erected, on its own border, an actual curtain of iron against freedom-seeking people.

President Trump’s self-interested goal is to complete this iron curtain before the next election regardless of the human cost, the cost in dollars and the cost in adherence to and respect for law and the Constitution. Trump’s iron curtain will stand as a stark and lasting monument to the failure of this president to intelligently and effectively address a serious immigration problem while at the same time protecting and defending American values and principles as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

John B. Trainor

Tucson

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