Wayfair Walkout Over Border Beds

Upon hearing about the fact Wayfair was filling an order totaling $200,000 worth of beds to a Texas detention center, employees sent a letter to company executives to cease filling orders belonging to contractors who are actively operating the detainment centers on the border Friday.
The letter contains almost 550 signatures. The order will be fulfilled, according the company, and the beds will be sent to a contractor in Carrizo Springs, Texas, causing a walk-out to be scheduled for 1:30 PM EST near Wayfair’s Boston headquarters.

A Representative for Wayfair responded to the letter:

As a retailer, it is standard practice to fulfill orders for all customers and we believe it is our business to sell to any customer who is acting within the laws of the countries in which we operate. Your fellow employees hold a wide range of opinions and perspectives and Wayfair, as a mass-market brand, is oriented to serve a broad and diverse customer base.

Response to employee letter

Since the company is still going to fill the order, employees are now pressuring Wayfair to donate the profits of the sales, estimated at $86,000, to a Texas-based non-profit, RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services).

The beds, which would directly go to improving the living conditions of the children in the detention center, would be -according to the employees- supporting the government who is detaining the illegal aliens seeking asylum.

Supporting racist policy for the right reasons still means you’re supporting racist policy. Our attention and energy should be devoted to shutting camps down, not towards making them better.

Wayfair employee

The walkout drew attention to Wayfair on Twitter, with many people saying they would stop patronizing the company.

My Two Cents

Open borders are dangerous. All one needs to do to realize this point is to look at the trials and problems France, Germany, Sweden, and many others in the European Union are having because of the EU’s open border policies.
There has been news, as of late, showing the problems that exist in the detention centers and the squalid conditions the people are living under.
The conditions of the camps are not solely on the current administration but the democrats in Congress who vote against the funding which would add more staff and resources, which would improve the conditions of the centers.
No, they should NOT be cut loose in the United States until they are either given asylum or agree and start the procedure to become citizens. They cannot be turned out in the desert as they await decisions. That would be even more cruel. The complaints of separation process overlook two facts:

  1. Many of these children are smuggled by coyotes to the US and thus are not the children of the people bringing them over.
  2. The parents trying to come here illegally have broken our law, and the children are taken for that reason.

If they are here seeking asylum, then the facilities should be made to keep them comfortable and provide the accommodations necessary that provide basic essentials. Families should be reunited when it is determined that the child is related to the people who brought them over.
If they are here illegally, they should be deported without fanfare or trouble. They have already proven they don’t respect our laws by coming illegally. Why have them stay?
For those found already living here illegally with children who were born here should be deported with their children. The children should be given dual citizenship with said child being given a chance to return once they are a legal adult.
Even though my suggestions seem simple enough, politics will never be cut and dry until all parties can put aside their ideologies and work together.

Until next time,
Anissa “Maddy” Walker

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