I talked to some 500 people at an Immigration Rally in Flagstaff, Arizona, today. Through a bull horn, I said several years ago we went to the dusty streets of Juarez, Mexico, to research the conditions there. I graphically talked about 200,000 people living in cobbled together shacks made of scrap wood and rusty tin on the city’s westside. There was no electricity, no running water and little food, I continued. At one point in the tour, I explained I stood on a ridge with a vantage of both Juarez and El Paso, Texas, to the north — which looked like OZ in comparison to Juarez. The priest who was giving us the tour (and who ran an orphanage in Juarez) pointed to the face of poverty (slums) in Juarez, then to the face of relative affluence (suburbia) of El Paso. Then he pointed to the fence on the border and asked: “If you were Jesus, what would you do with the fence?” The crowd this day in Flagstaff didn’t have to wait for an answer. They just cheered, loudly… After I finished talking, I was interviewed by Channel 3 News out of Phoenix. I said we would push for an immigration policy that would provide amnesty and family reunification for the some 12 million illegal immigrants in this country… In an interview with a reporter from the Northern Arizona University’s newspaper, I said besides pushing for amnesty and family reunification, our administration would also push to get as much humanitarian aid in the form of more funds, more Peace Corps help and private citizen initiatives to Latin America to help people there become as sustainable as possible. I told the reporter our platform hinged on “common sense.” And we believe common sense would say a lot of people in Latin America don’t want to leave their countries, their families, their friends, their culture… to come here. It’s just, well, in most cases their kids are hungry… Then during an interview with Flagstaff’s Channel 33 News (Spanish TV), I said that ultimately we’d like to see the fence come down and we’d like to see a move toward a ‘North and South American Union’ (like the evolving European Union). By opening the borders and encouraging much more interconnectdedness between countries, we believe we’d increase rapport between countries tremendously as we got to know each other better. We think this would pave the way to much more cultural exchange, joint environmental conservation projects, more of a flow of humanitarian aid help. It’s the type of globalization that doesn’t hinge primarily on economics (read: NAFTA), but rather a multi-dimensional focus aimed at the common good for, well, everyone.