Chickens and Illegals

Bill Neinast

The backyards of all but one of my neighbors are enclosed with high privacy fences.  The one exception is one of my next door neighbors.  The only barrier between our yards is a flower bed.

Those neighbors have a flock of chickens that they do not care for.  They are not caged and they are not fed.

There are 13 hens and two roosters in the flock.  I know the number because I can count them when they are in my yard.

They come to my yard because they have scratched and eaten their owner’s yard bare looking for food.  They find my green yard and flower bed covered with bugs and worms more enticing for food.

When I try to shoo them out of my yard, other neighbors criticize me for being mean to the poor hungry, defenseless chickens.

I called the police one day, but was told there was nothing they could do.  The chickens were not a danger to any human and the city budget did not include money for trying to catch harmless chickens.

When I called the police  a second time, they suggested I give the neighbor some money to buy chicken feed.  I told the policeman that I had already done that but that the neighbors had simply spent the money on more partying.

The final result of that conversation was this was my problem and not to bother them again.

Finally, I caught my neighbor at home and asked if he would share the cost of a fence between our yards.   The answer was NO!; that would cut down on partying.

Consequently, I erected a fence on my own.  This brought more criticism from my neighbors who thought I was being mean to some poor defenseless animals just looking for food. Some even suggested that I should welcome the chickens because they were saving me money by helping to fertilize the lawn.

The fence did not help.  It was not high enough and the chickens were able to fly over it.  So I added rolls of razor wire on top.  The morning after installing the wire, there were two dead hens and a rooster inside the rolls.  They had been entangled, cut themselves on the barbs, and bled to death.

You should have heard the howls from many of the neighbors criticizing me for being so cruel and uncaring for some animals just looking for a better life.

This allegory obviously is a description of the United States, its southern border, and Congress’ reaction to the problem.

How is it possible for anyone to claim that there is no crisis on the border?  Thursday, 1300 individuals trying to enter the country illegally were captured at just one spot of that long border.  There could be no better illustration of the crisis.

Democrats under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi refuse to do anything about the problem except make ridiculous statements about it.  For example, several have suggested that the answer is to strengthen enforcement at the ports of entry “Because that is where most of the drugs are coming through.”

Another suggested that the answer is to provide more financial aid to the countries from which the refugees are fleeing so that the economies there could be improved and thus eliminate the need to flee for a better living environment.  The author of this brilliant statement continued with, “That is what we did in Columbia and within 15 years the Columbian government was able to get control of its drug problem.”

Unfortunately, the Republicans in Washington are just as delinquent on this problem as the Democrats.  All they are doing is complaining about the inaction of Pelosi and her group.  

So what is their solution?  Absolutely nothing.

If the senators were as concerned about the crisis as they say they are, they can and should do something about it.  There is nothing to prevent them from passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill that addresses all of the current problems.

The bill could include a section requiring the construction of a wall or barrier along the entire border.

This would not be initiating an appropriation for the construction, as only the House of Representatives can do that. A project would be established, however, and then the ball would definitely be in Pelosi’s court.

So here’s the perspective.

The chickens are coming home to roost.  It is time for someone to start preparing nests for them.



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