Safe-Zone Immigration – An Alternate View

In a recent article by CNN, the presidential candidate Donald Trump was demonized for his view on immigration and safe zones under the pretense of refusing children entry into the country. Yes, for those who would argue whether or not it was demonizing, focusing solely on the aspect of being able to tell a child, “no,” was clearly a targeted discussion designed to make Trump look bad. In contrast, had the conversation been about being able to look a terrorist in the eyes and say “no,”, no one would have continued that argument. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, News media needs drama, otherwise, they would lose their viewing audience. However, this is an important topic and I’d like to offer you an alternate view on the matter.

This is not a discussion of whether or not it’s right or wrong … only another way to look at the topic. Just a head’s up – you may consider what I say in here to be harsh, depressing, or brash (and you may not like me for saying these things) … so if you’re not up for it … I’ll understand if you stop reading. It’s up to you … I just wanted you to know …

In an alternate reality (aka my rl profession), my job as a systems analyst is to provide a comprehensive review of the entirety of a matter. I not only look at the entire forest before planting a single tree, I examine the entire ecology – the whole body (if you will), in order to provide both a long and short term report that is as absolutely thorough as possible. And, sometimes my profession takes me into the world of emergency preparedness, including underground shelters and engineering. And, as part of that analysis, the basis for the purpose of the emergency shelter, whether it’s to protect against nuclear war, disease outbreak, floods, or a zombie apocalypse, always returns to one, primary aspect: people wanting absolute safety from all possibilities.

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And, why shouldn’t it? In every aspect of the world, this is a common theme. Federal governments provide national protection and military support while local governments provide police and a legal system. In all the various levels of security, it’s clear that people really do permit a wide range of control in their lives in order to avoid the potential for harm. During a disaster situation, when there are no police, no government, and no other forms of protection, a security shelter is everything – literally.

One of the more important aspects I consider in my design systems (and yes, I am giving away one of the little secrets that has made my work stand above and beyond almost every other professional in the industry), is this:

What if more people show up and want help?

Sure – easy to say you’d keep the door locked. But, what if it was your mother, your brother, or a small child holding a teddy bear, alone, confused, and terrified? Would you…

No …

Could you …

Keep that door locked? Could you listen to their screams of terror? Could you endure the emotional agony and trauma? Right now, many people, (to which some of you may be surprised), would say, “yes.” Why? Because, the shelter is all about protecting themselves and their families. However, when given enough time to think about it, I always get the same response …

“Okay … so … maybe I couldn’t keep the door shut … so what do I do?”

Wish those folks had thought about that answer before investing in another analyst’s design, because I don’t give discounts. But, I digress…

My system of design includes a special, double-entry way. Without revealing everything – this entry way allows the outer doors to be opened and people to be brought in safely and securely. They are on a separate air system. They don’t share any aspect of the inner shelter. In other words – they are totally isolated while still being absolutely safe. Why?

Simple – it’s a “safe zone.” Let’s say, for fun, that it is a zombie apocalypse and when seeing someone running for their lives you quick open the door and let them in … and then they turn into zombies and everyone gets to suffer an agonizing, terrifying death? Oops.

Yeah … BIG oops.

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What about nuclear fallout? Floods? Or other events? Just because someone isn’t disease-ridden, poisoned, or a danger to you by those means doesn’t mean they’re not carrying weapons and present other types of danger. Thus, the safe zone allows you to keep them in a place where they are safe and you can vet through the process of whether or not to let them all the way in. Now, I won’t detail the various design options and whatnot, but you can keep them fed and watered, offer them clean clothes, a bed, linen, and more. The point is – until it’s safe – that’s where they stay.

Is that mean? I’m willing to bet anyone reading this right now might actually be thinking, “Hey, that’s a great idea!” Why? Because – it allows you to provide safety to others while not compromising or risking the safety of those within the main shelter. So…. why would anyone think differently when it comes to refugees from a country with terrorists (wherein the residents of that country won’t take up arms against their own and the terrorists come in every age, gender, and shape)?

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Is it cruel to put people into a safe zone? Not really … otherwise, Ellis Island has been the point of brutality since the day it was first used! See … it’s not a new idea. Sure, would you want it done to you? Of course, you wouldn’t. But – would you rather find yourself locked out, zombies about to physically rip you apart and eat you alive, with no way to get in because the people inside were insane with terror? Airports have special rooms and places where they take people they’re concerned about. Even in society, we have jails and temporary locations where people of concern are placed. It’s all around us – but we call it by different names. However, let’s not give way to thinking errors and justify something simply because of a label …

A rose by any other name smells just as sweet … (or bitter) …

Sure, it’s easy to sit in the comfort of a chair in America (or some other country) and tell people it would be cruel to say no to child, or just the opposite and say that we have to; just like it’s easy to say that you would keep the door of your shelter closed to an outsider.

But … would you … would you really?

I know – I asked that question before – but I want you to really think about this…

There you are, with your family and your friends, and suddenly, a small child is running toward the door of the shelter crying for help … and behind him or her is a wall of water 300 feet high. If you open the door – you risk letting it all in. Your first thought … of course, is to let him in … quickly … before the water comes …

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However … the wall of water is a result of a nuclear war and subsequent fallout that has warmed the planet enough that ice breaking from the polar ice caps has created monumental waves. And, you see on the child some open wounds. You see the dead vegetation around him. And, you also know …

If you open the door – the nuclear radiation he brings with him could kill everyone within a single hour …

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Now ….

What do you do? After all, he is just a helpless child. His parents are obviously lost (at least … that’s the easy answer … because not letting him in and then later finding the parents later on … MAJOR bummer…). He’s all alone. Would you look him in the eyes and say … “no …” only to hear his screams and watch the wall of water crush him and take him away? Would you turn away and try to pretend like everything was okay? Yeah … wow … I went there. Terrible thoughts. Things you probably didn’t want to think about today (warned you early on you might not like what I have to say). But, reality is, the world has some terrible things happening every minute of every day, right now … and when preparing for the future – not having to think about those things is a much better solution than finding yourself “crossing that bridge when you get there.”

So – we plan ahead. You open the outer doors and allow the child to run in. The doors close just before the water arrives. …

And, he’s alive. He’s safe.

And, so are you.

Now, you have monitors and sensors that can tell you what the radiation levels are in that room. If he’s radiated, it won’t be long – but at least you can sing to him, talk to him, comfort him, and even offer him some food and water before it’s over. Crappy … I know … because I can’t even write that without tearing up.

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But – what if he’s safe? You know the thought in the back of your mind?

“What if … what if I didn’t open those doors … ?”

Everyday of your “safety”, you will live knowing that you would have been just fine, but at what cost? Double crappy. It’s the same kind of tough decisions that people go through everyday in various different aspects of life (like military, police, and paramedics). Fortunately, it’s my job to have to think about these things – not yours.

Unfortunately, in the face of a crisis where America has the threat of danger looming over its head … you’re now forced to think about this. If someone lets in the refugees blindly and suddenly the people around you are crying out: “Why …. why did you let him in?” And, you’re watching them die … all of them … knowing you’re next … Tripe double crappy.

Sadly, this conversation should never have to happen. In a better world, we wouldn’t even think twice about these issues. But, I’m afraid that it’s not a better world. It’s a good world, and it has plenty of good people on it, but … it’s a long way from being a better world. So – now …

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If you questioned immigration reform before …

If you scoffed at the idea of a safe zone or a wall before …

Maybe, now, it’s not so … “cruel,” in its conception. It’s not cruel to thieves and wolves and bears and the other dangers in the world that we have walls and doors on our houses. It’s not cruel to terrorists and conquerors that we have police and military. It might be cruel if we slammed the door on their faces without listening … without trying. But, it’s not cruel when we’re being accountable to ourselves and for our own actions. After all, is the little pig who built his house out of bricks a bad guy because another little pig was willing to build his out of straw? Just ask the wolf … you know … after he’s done eating.

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But, hey, I’m not here to judge. I won’t say if it’s right or wrong. That’s for you to decide. My job is to present you with the facts on a more epic scale. I have the responsibility to say the harsh things that other people simply don’t want to face. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be very good at what I do.

Hope that helps someone out there …

Little Pig, Little Pig, Let Me In ….

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