In but the most profound of evil, almost any contrary situation may demonstrate an edge of advantage and a glimmer of beauty. Conversely, even the most exemplary of affairs may have a flicker of the ugly.
Such is called bittersweet.
My newspaper, The Press-Enterprise, has two such stories today.
Immigration Arrests Soar
"In recent months, newly created teams of federal agents have arrested thousands of illegal immigrants who've lived and worked in the United States for years without interference. Most have been deported immediately."
Although I lay no claim to magical answers, I am quite convinced that we must solve our immigration problem. The securing of our borders with fences and troops is the place to start, I quite concur. There remain, however, the multiplied thousands who have already come here illegally, and who continue to break our law by virtue of being here without proper documentation.
"John Torres, the director of ICE's detention and removal operations said officers weren't arbitrarily arresting people off the streets but were targeting immigrants who'd been ordered deported after exhausting all appeals. Of the 45,728 immigrants arrested since March 2003, when the first fugitive-search teams were created, 21,367 had criminal records."
The Bitter: Mario Arseno, 31, was one who was arrested and deported.
"(He) came to the United States legally in 1993, and he forgot to renew his visa, his wife said, and an immigration judge ordered him deported in 1995."
From these reports it appears that Mario Arseno, from 1995 to today, did nothing to correct his status.
"She (his wife) said he never received any notice of the deportation and he missed his chance to challenge it in court."
The couple have six children.
It is right that we correct our immigration problem, but inevitably,there will be grief along the way. May we be touched with the feelings of all who suffer and endeavor to assist in the resettlement of these families.
John Donovan's Remains Found
"A search team on Sunday found the remains of John Donovan, 13 months and two days after the missing 60-year-old Virginian was last seen hiking in the San Jacinto Mountains."
"(In the San Jacinto Mountains) Brandon Day and Gina Allen, both of Dallas, wandered away from their convention group while hiking near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway's mountain station and were lost for 2 1/2 days before being rescued thanks to the fire that they started with matches found in Donovan's pack."
From bitter death, came the sweet hand of John Donovan, virtually assuring the rescue of Brandon and Gina.