As I watch and read about the caravan from Central America making its way northward, I’m reminded of a poem I had to memorize in high school called the “Charge of the Light Brigade” by Lord Alfred Tennyson. “Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thundered; Stormed at with shot and shell,” describing eloquently what the migrants from Honduras and neighboring countries must be willing to endure in order to make it to America’s borders.

A few days ago, President Trump’s rhetoric ignited attitudes against these desperate men, women, seniors and children when he warned that “criminals and Middle Easterners are mixed in” with them and calling it a situation created by the Democrats. These are blatant misrepresentations that can do no good other than stoke nationalist anxiety against all immigrants.

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