At the wheel: Lija Greenseid, a rule-abiding Minnesota mom steering her Mazda5 on a cross-border drug run.
Her daughter, who is 13, has Type 1 diabetes and needs insulin. In the United States, it can cost hundreds of dollars per vial. In Canada, you can buy it without a prescription for a tenth of that price.
So, Greenseid led a small caravan last month to the town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where she and five other Americans paid about $1,200 for drugs that would have cost them $12,000 in the United States.
The irony of desperate Americans heading north in a caravan seeking medicine that they cannot afford here should be unsettling, but this is the world we live in. That no one in power sees the parallel to what’s happening on our southern border is a travesty. The reasons people flee might be different, but the need to do it is the same.
Bad policy makes outlaws out of good people, and this, all of this, is a result of profiteering. There’s a human cost.