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April 10, 2022 California, Border State


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California, Border State

I have a heart
and it bleeds for those
fleeing violence and poverty.

I love my beautiful, abundant state
and I'm proud of its progress.

As a humanitarian, I applaud
     my state's compassion for
     immigrants seeking a better life,
but question sanctuary cities,
restrictions on law enforcement
when encountering illegal immigrants, 
free medical, education,
and housing for undocumented.

As a citizen I ask, how can we protect
against rapidly increasing fentanyl deaths,
  and violent crime traced back to the border crisis?
How many millions of uneducated, unvetted, 
   dependents can we absorb and support?

As a taxpayer in the highest taxed
          state in the country, I ask
          how much more can I afford?
          Will I have to leave my native home
          to preserve my standard of living?

I have a heart.
                        ~~Judi Van Gorder


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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