Tuesday, March 13, 2007

 

Immigration Reform

The Mexican Agenda

In Mexico today, President Bush made a promise:
"In the debate on migration, I remind my fellow citizens that family values do not stop at the Rio Grande River, that there are decent, hardworking honorable citizens of Mexico who want to make a living for their families," Bush said as he stood beside Calderon. "And so, Mr. President, my pledge to you and your government — but, more importantly, the people of Mexico — is I will work as hard as I possibly can to pass comprehensive immigration reform."
Mexican President Calderon said "migration cannot be stopped and certainly not by decree." He is wrong; illegal migration could be all but stopped cold if the political will existed to 1) enforce our existing laws; 2) build physical barriers where practical; 3) aggressively patrol the border with a sufficient number of border guards; 4) acknowledge there is a large demand for immigrant workers and adjust our laws accordingly; and 5) pressure Mexico into solving her own problems rather than deliberately exporting them here.

Calderon had his own ideas on how best to stop the flow of illegal aliens into the US:
Mexico has protested the construction of a barrier along more than 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) of the roughly 3,000-kilometer (1,875-mile) border.

Calderon suggested on Tuesday spending money on development in impoverished Mexican areas where many of the migrants come from would be more effective in combating illegal migration than building a wall along the border.
Nice try, but you're not getting a penny.

Its outrageous that Calderon would even make a suggestion like that. Even more outrageous is the fact that Mexico impinges upon US sovereignty so frequently and casually and no US official ever says or does anything about it. In fact, like President Bush, they aid and abet the Mexican agenda. For example, consider the legacy of Mexico's former diplomatic representative in Chicago, Carlos Manuel Sada:
Sada drew criticism from opponents of illegal immigration because the consulate aggressively promoted the matricula consular, a Mexican ID card.

The card is issued to Mexicans, even if they are living in the U.S. illegally. Banks and local governments have begun accepting the cards to open bank accounts and conduct other transactions, to the dismay of some U.S. lawmakers and other critics.

Consulate staff members regularly made stops at schools, churches and libraries throughout the Midwest to issue the cards. At its peak, the Chicago consulate was issuing 1,000 cards a day, the most in the U.S.

In an interview Thursday, Sada said he tried to use his tenure to strengthen ties to grass-roots organizations and local elected officials. The consulate, for example, signed an agreement with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to better serve Mexican immigrants.
Sada is proud that "Chicago has been a place that has been at the forefront in promoting the Mexican agenda."

And just what is the Mexican agenda? Preserving the status and power of the Mexico's ruling elite by encouraging its poorest citizens to move to the US, deliberately eroding or undermining US sovereignty in the process. In noting the rightward shift in public opinion regarding illegal immigration since his book Mexifornia was published 5 years ago, Victor Davis Hanson ovserves:
Worker remittances sent back to Mexico now earn it precious American dollars equal to the revenue from 500,000 barrels of daily exported oil. In short, Mexico cannot afford to lose its second-largest source of hard currency and will do almost anything to ensure its continuance. When Mexico City publishes comic books advising its own citizens how best to cross the Rio Grande, Americans take offense. Not only does Mexico brazenly wish to undermine American law to subsidize its own failures, but it also assumes that those who flee northward are among its least educated, departing without much ability to read beyond the comic-book level.

We are also learning not only that Mexico wants its expatriates’ cash—and its nationals lobbying for Mexican interests—once they are safely away from their motherland; we are also discovering that Mexico doesn’t have much concern about the welfare of its citizens abroad in America. The conservative estimate of $15 billion sent home comes always at the expense of low-paid Mexicans toiling here, who must live in impoverished circumstances if they are to send substantial portions of their wages home to Mexico. (And it comes as well at the expense of American taxpayers, providing health-care and food subsidies in efforts to offer a safety net to cash-strapped illegal aliens.) So it is not just that Mexico exports its own citizens, but it does so on the expectation that they are serfs of a sort, who, like the helots of old, surrender much of the earnings of their toil to their distant masters.

But even more grotesquely, in the last five years, the Mexican real-estate market has boomed on the Baja California peninsula. Once Mexico grasped that its own unspoiled coast was highly desirable for wealthy expatriate Americans as a continuation of the prized but crowded Santa Barbara–San Diego seaside corridor, it began to reform its real-estate market, making the necessary changes in property and title law, and it welcomed with open arms cash-laden subdividers looking to come south. This is sound economics, but examine the ethical message: Mexico City will send the United States millions of its own illiterate and poor whom it will neither feed nor provide with even modest housing, but at the same time it welcomes thousands of Americans with cash to build expensive seaside second homes.
I'm of two minds regarding immigration reform. We cannot consider our nation secure if our borders are porous and there is a huge population of illegal aliens living on the margins of our society; its just too easy for criminals, terrorists or other enemies of America to hide amongst them. On the other hand, it just galls me to see our country's left leaning elites succeed in forcing Americans to accept the economic, cultural, and political changes wrought by their policy of deliberately ignoring both American public opinion and US law -- its a very bad precedent to set.

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