Is immigration about sympathy or justice?
When I think of immigration, my view is often divided. Freedom, success, and happiness are leading factors why immigrants typically come to the United States. The environment that fosters these complex units is so great that immigrants are willing to break the law to come here.
I have no immediate experience of what illegal immigrants feel or an idea of the environment from which they escape. However, by conceiving what I would feel in a similar situation, I partially sympathize. This kind of sympathy is neither pity nor sorrow but comes from understanding, which allows me to imagine their torments.
Surely I am not alone in my partial sympathy or understanding. We can all relate to the misery of those who suffer by imagining their pain: for example, the starving children that we see on television or the senseless murder of an innocent civilian. Despite being foreign to us personally, in both instances, we can all relate.