84 Lumber Superbowl Commercial, YouTube
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If you watched Super Bowl LI then you must have seen the controversial 84 Lumber commercial in regard to illegal immigration and the border wall ordered built by President Donald Trump.

We can’t deny the facts that this country was founded upon immigration, and also that illegal immigration does have an effect on the economy. Some will argue that effect is negative, some that it is positive. Certainly it has caused tension and it has divided communities.

The commercial was only a preview for a video that can be found on the company’s website or on YouTube. The plot followed a mother and her young daughter, clearly illegal immigrants, who travel through the harsh desert.

Along their journey they come across others who are following the same path. They make it to the border but are blocked by a massive wall. Of course the mother did not expect it and is flooded with dread and despair. You can truly see the heartbreak and fear across her face.

Her daughter throughout their journey found little items to take with her – even if they were what most consider trash – and she patches those items together to make the American flag.

The girl hands her mother the handmade flag and as the mother appreciates it, she sees a light that proves to be a doorway through the wall into America.

They make their way in and the end of the video states, “The will to succeed is always welcome here.”

I know this commercial is upsetting for many people, but I am at a loss for words. I find it so beautiful, so heartwarming to see that there is still support when it comes to immigration – legal or not.

America was and is the land of hope and opportunity. This is the country where people from across the world come for a better life. Immigrants don’t take your jobs – they work hard labor in factories and farms, harvesting and building things.

They are vendors, chefs, students who pay everything out of pocket, your friends and neighbors. Some travel here to leave poverty behind or to leave dangerous situations.

I have seen some comments that if people don’t like how things are going here to leave, that they are lucky to have freedom of speech here since they may not in another country.

But they shouldn’t leave because this is their country, their home. Let us not ignore their struggles and hardships, for we all struggle and can maybe relate – and if not relate, understand. Everyone deserves equal opportunity, and immigrants have to start from the bottom to get to the top.

When we need a helping hand we should receive it – whether it be from God, a miracle, a friend or family, someone just being generous. No matter what you believe in we are all human and looking to live a good, healthy and safe life.

This 84 Lumber commercial expresses that right now it is hard for this country, but no matter what it must accept new residents. Our country is and always has been diverse, there are always going to be a few bad apples in every race, in every group, in anything.

Those few do not represent the majority. We cannot forget that or feed into the idea and become prejudice.

I come from a family of immigrants who left their homes to come here and start a life filled with hope, prosperity, and freedom. They are citizens and they are immigrants.

They contribute to our country as do those who literally just come here. They work for you, they work with you, beside you, wanting the same goal.

Our country is great, it is beautiful and there could be a few changes – why not? We just need to stop being so hateful and talking out of spite.

When did it become so hard to be kind? Last year was filled with such violence and anger toward one another. The left wing this, the right wing that, liberals this, conservatives that!

We can agree to disagree but be civil, please. We all live in the same country; this is your home just as much as it is theirs.

I welcome those into this country with the plan to better their lives. My rights should be shared with those who are not as fortunate. I will listen to everyone no matter his or her views. I have hope that we can change things for the better.

Analisa Astorga is a Canyon Country resident.

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  • Gil Mertz

    With respect Ms. Astorga, a door already exists through the proper channels of legal immigration.
    According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, nearly 700,000 people every year become naturalized citizens in America. These citizens got in line and went through all the proper channels that any sovereign nation would expect. Why would it be considered unreasonable, bigoted, or hateful to expect the woman and child in the commercial to do the same?

  • Brian Baker

    “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

    We’ve been down this road before.

    In 1986 Reagan signed into law the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, which was a “one-time, never to be repeated grand bargain” between him and congressional Democrats, led by Ted Kennedy, to grant amnesty to an estimated 3 million illegal aliens, in return for which the border would be secured and employer sanctions would be put in place to prevent illegal aliens from finding
    employment in this country. That would supposedly remove the incentive for future illegal immigration.

    Look how well that worked out. We ended up with the amnesty and absolutely nothing else. Reagan went on to later regret it as the biggest mistake of his presidency. He got hornswoggled.

    Now we’re being asked to do the same thing again, except now there are four or five times as many illegals in the country as there were back then.

    This reminds me of the “Peanuts” cartoon strip, in which Charlie Brown repeatedly trusts Lucy to hold the football in place so he can practice place-kicking it, only have her yank it away at the last second, leaving poor Charlie to end up flat on his back. Astorga even recycled the same
    tired clichés we heard thirty years ago during that last go-around.

    As long as people think they can scramble across our border and, once here, enjoy the benefits of living in this country with no real risk of any sanctions, particularly with eventual amnesty dangling within their reach, we’re never going to solve our problem with border security. That’s
    just a simple expression of basic human nature.

    Build that wall. Secure the border. Prevent the hiring of illegal aliens. No amnesty, ever. Do those things FIRST. Only then can we consider other aspects of this issue.

    • Gil Mertz

      Brian, part of Reagan’s regret was trusting Tip O’Neil and the Democratic Party. They also promised to give Reagan tax cuts to help America’s middle class as part of that amnesty deal. Reagan kept his part of the deal, the Democrats lied and didn’t keep their part of the deal. Imagine that? The Democrats got millions of new voters and the American people didn’t get their tax cuts. The main lesson from this disaster is never trust a Democrat.

      • Brian Baker

        La plus ca change, la plus c’est la meme chose.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Analisa Astorga: A door through the wall”


    • Gil Mertz

      A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday found that 55 percent of registered voters approve of the president’s immigration order, while 38 percent disapprove.


      • lois eisenberg

        And did you know that Trump has a very low approval rating ????
        MANY BINGO’S ON THAT !!!!!

        • Gil Mertz

          Actually, Trump’s approval rating continues to rise. Considering the non-stop attacks by deranged Democrats and their allies in the media, that’s pretty remarkable. American business LOVES Trump. Ever since the election stocks have soared to all-time highs!

  • Brian Baker

    It turns out that, like many, Astorga misunderstood the message in the ad. Per 84Lumber, they’re actually FOR the border wall:


  • Ron Bischof

    While I appreciate the sentiment Ms. Astorga conveys in her column, compassion for others doesn’t include disparate treatment, i.e. favoring illegal immigrants over those that comply with our laws. Nor does it place on obligation on citizens that they didn’t volunteer to bear. Those actions aren’t compassionate.

    Immigration to the USA is a privilege, not a right. And our country has a very generous policy compared to other advanced economies. However, reform is needed to reorient our immigration policy to reflect the interests of the citizens in our nation. It is they our government has a responsibility to, not those who wish to emigrate.

    Appeals to emotion don’t change these facts.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Illegal is illegal. What is hard to understand? As the grandson of a LEGAL immigrant, I am deeply against allowing illegal immigrants in. If you watch the news and the rioters, they always leave out the word “illegal”. Everyone is just an immigrant. Which is intentionally misleading, #FakeNews.

    So since we are picking and choosing which laws we want to follow, I will go to 7-11 and grab a case of beer. As I walk by the register, I will just wink at him and say “It’s cool, I don’t agree with the laws regarding robbery, so I’m not going to follow them”

    • Gil Mertz

      And if anyone questions you, Frank, it’s because they’re a hateful bigot.