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Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From San Francisco
by Burt Prelutsky
by Mark Steyn
by J. F. Kelly, Jr. [writer]
Senate and the House try to hammer out some sort of compromise
on illegal immigration and immigration policy reform, the borders
remain porous and the illegals keep coming. Tougher enforcement
has been applied in a few areas where it has worked, driving
the illegals to try somewhere else, which begs the question
of why we don’t apply those tougher enforcement measures
uniformly along the entire border. National Guard volunteers
are being deployed on the border in highly visible but purely
non-enforcement roles and only until more Border Patrol agents
can be recruited and trained.
measures will be hyped by candidates seeking to convince voters
that they are tough on illegal immigration. They should be
rejected, however, because the truth is the border is still
broken and will remain so as long as the president and most
senators put broad immigration reform, guest worker programs
and some path to citizenship for the 12 million or so illegals
already here ahead of enforcing the laws we already have. Meanwhile,
the problem just gets worse and citizens are looking for someone
to blame for this mess. Herein are some suggestions.
J.F. Kelly, Jr.
Kelly, Jr. is a retired Navy Captain and bank executive
who writes on current events and military subjects.
He is a resident of Coronado, California. [go to Kelly index]
the federal government for a decade of inaction while the magnitude
of the problem grew to the point that no
easy answers remain. But don’t stop with the federal government.
Local government, schools and businesses insisted that it was
not their problem to help solve. But it is now.
Advocates of the
migrants like to talk about addressing the root causes of illegal
immigration instead of enforcement measures
that they insist will never work. By all means, let’s do.
Poverty and hopelessness, they say, drive these poor people to
risk their lives and pay coyotes to sneak them across the border
to live a demeaning, covert existence, doing mostly menial work
at exploitive wages to support their families back home. The
huge wealth imbalance between the United States and Mexico creates
an irresistible attraction. The U. S. is a huge magnet which
these poor people cannot resist. The U. S. is the equivalent
of what lawyers might call an attractive nuisance and, therefore
bears a share of the responsibility. You get my drift. Blame
America first. Create victims out of lawbreakers.
But what, exactly,
are we to do about Mexico’s poverty
beyond the foreign aid that we already provide including a recent
bail-out of the government, and the globalization policies we
are promoting, sometimes at the expense of American jobs? Probing
the matter further, how did Mexico get to become such an economic
basket case that its citizens must flee the country to earn even
a meager living?
Let’s reject the notion that the Mexican people are somehow
inferior. We know that given educational opportunities such as
this country provides, legal Mexican immigrants perform just
as well as any others. Indeed, they have exceptionally strong
family and religious values and an unbeatable work ethic. Why,
then, can’t they prosper in their homeland, a nation favored
by climate and geography and blessed with mineral and oil wealth?
How is it that Mexico’s principal export is its hard-working
The answer is that
the Mexican government has failed its people at nearly every
level. Three quarters of a century of inept and
self-aggrandizing political rule has plundered the country, fostered
a culture of corruption and privilege and throttled its emergence
as the prosperous, developed nation it should be at this point
in its history. Its heavy handed dominance of business including
its state-owned oil industry has discouraged foreign investment.
Mexico’s wealth is concentrated in a relatively small number
of wealthy families with a huge percentage of the population
living in grinding poverty without much prospect for upward mobility.
Why do the Mexican
people tolerate all this? Because dissent would not be treated
with the same tolerance it receives in American.
Meanwhile, political correctness and diplomatic niceties in our
country mute criticism of Mexico’s leaders who are routinely
and reflexively portrayed as friends and allies. But allies don’t
encourage huge numbers of their most desperate citizens to violate
their neighbor’s border laws and sneak into their country,
actions that they would never tolerate of us. Any honorable government,
moreover, would view such circumstances as a national disgrace.
The long-suffering Mexican people deserve better. They also
deserve our sympathy and respect. Their government, however,
deserves neither. Meanwhile, American citizens must demand of
their own government leaders, effective action to fix the broken
borders now, before any further talk of immigration policy reform. CRO
2006 J. F. Kelly, Jr.