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As a California native, immigration and the US/Mexico border crisis is a pressing issue effecting my social circles. Likewise, countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have also utilized border barriers as a response to immigration conflicts. The rhetoric often used to support the construction of a wall incite fear, anger, resentment and intolerance. While caution is a virtue, fear is not. Fear is crippling, blinding and misguiding. Yet still, the past decade has witnessed many nations favor the ideation and even construction of walls on their borders. The idea is that the wall keeps the unwanted immigrants (who are often depicted as ignorant degenerate criminals) out of better society, thus protecting said society. In reality a nation that responds to its border crisis by erecting a giant wall imprisons itself and denies human connection and empathy; ultimately rejecting better policy. In pursuit of keeping those deemed execrable out, we choke ourselves in the toxicity of xenophobia. If national leaders would embrace ethics in regard to immigration policies, those fleeing violence and poverty (often caused by outside interests) could enrich the countries they seek to take root in. It’s a possibility that deserves an honest chance. Otherwise, in truth, we become silent partners in their peril.