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More 'modest proposals' to resolve Donald Trump's border problem

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"This is a humanitarian crisis - a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul." These beautiful words penned by President Donald Trump's speechwriter brought tears to my eyes. "Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States - a dramatic increase" - the heartfelt emotion, the truth, the elegance, the care and deeply humanitarian consideration of the man who wrote them, Stephen Miller, were so beautifully evident.

"These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system." Both Trump and Miller, along with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, should all be nominated for the next Nobel Peace Prize, to stand shoulder to shoulder with other political luminaries, such as Aung San Suu Kyi and Henry Kissinger.

While watching President Trump's historic message to the American people from his august seat at the Oval Office, I was reminded of Jonathan Swift's classic, a masterpiece of English literature - "A modest proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burthen on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick" (1729). The recommendations of this landmark essay by the towering English literary giant have never been so timely.

In his "proposal", Swift makes a number of modest suggestions regarding the increasing number of poor Irish children in public sight, which leader of the Free World President Donald J Trump could certainly benefit from reading.

First, Swift explains how the cost of providing a livelihood for these poor children is an unbearable burden on the taxpayers' generosities. "I am assured by our merchants that a boy or a girl before twelve years old, is no saleable commodity, and even when they come to this age, they will not yield above three pounds, or three pounds and half a crown at most, on the exchange; which cannot turn to........

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