Deseret News
Letter to the editor

I was reminded of something in history while reading recent Deseret News articles about the economic impact of closing the border with Mexico. There have been two stories in as many days, from avocados to shopping mall customers, warning of the economic devastation.

It reminds me of Thomas Jefferson’s notes from the Continental Convention. Specifically, he wrote down points of discussion on the economies of the North and the South in July of 1776.

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Paraphrasing James Wilson of Pennsylvania, he noted: “It has sometimes been said that slavery is necessary because the commodities they raise would be too dear for market if cultivated by freemen.”

For another 90 years, America would grapple with doing the wrong thing for economic gain. Let’s hope we can somehow resolve our own irrepressible conflict over the issue of immigration more swiftly than they.

Our sovereignty is worth more than the price of avocados.

Gilbert Bates

Mayfield, Sanpete County