I’ve heard a ton of reasons for and against the border wall, but I don’t think I’ve seen the following. I believe that the top priority is for Americans to have compassion for others when it comes to deciding about the border wall. But f irst, we have to define compassion. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that compassion is: “A sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” As thoughtful Americans, how can we show compassion when it comes to something as controversial as a border wall? Before we can show compassion, we need to get our facts straight. Without strong borders, we don’t have a strong country. In reality, without borders, we don’t even have a country. Consider your home. Do you have a front door? Do you close it against intruders? If you live in a detached house, you probably have a fence/wall around your home to keep out cats and dogs and miscellaneous animals and little children.