... because maybe I just have a wonky idea of peoples' levels of compassion.
If World War II was happening right now, and people escaping the holocaust had made it to the US - illegally - and were being turned away after successfully hiding there for a while, would you really be in favour of denying them entry to Canada?
And what about people who escaped communism? Should they have been sent back to be shot or starved or both, simply because they hadn't found their way to a part of the world where they were accepted right off the bat, or because they hadn't jumped through the appropriate legal hoops?
Would you really rather have sent people and their families back to Hitler or Stalin or such extreme poverty that otherwise healthy individuals (as opposed to the mentally ill, who are the only people in this situation in Canada) were freezing in their homes or starving in the streets than screw the paperwork, let them in and cut our refugee-related and social spending?
Neither of these examples are on par with the situation with Mexican immigrants, I know. They're not going to be gassed or shot (at least I certainly hope not), but it's the same principle, and if World Vision will let me sponsor little starving children in Mexico (or send them an alpaca!) I'm guessing that I'm not alone in knowing that the situation down there can be pretty dire for a lot of folks.