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THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE

MEXICO VS LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS


I have traveled Mexico extensively—Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Mexico City, Guadalajara—In fact, there aren’t many places I haven’t been.

One of my most memorable experiences was a three month road trip I took “sola,” exploring the Yucatan Peninsula.  (See my book, "17½ Big Steps").  As I meandered—from San Fernando, my first stop, to Chetamal, the “jumping off place,” and back—I stopped frequently to explore, not only the cities, but also small towns and villages, beaches and islas.

Since my goal was to become acquainted with the Mexican people and their way of life, I was pleased to find them, without exception, friendly and excited to talk to a Norte Americana.  I was a guest in many homes and, as I traveled, I was particularly impressed by the number of young boys and girls who begged me to “take them along.”  Their dream—to go to Los Estados Unidos.

Although it was impossible for me to accommodate them, it was, none the less, a worthy dream; one shared by many of their compatriots.

Need I say, I like Mexico and I like the Mexican people.  I have many Mexican friends (who are as displeased with the problems some of their compatriots are causing as you and I).

This country—heralded as the “Land of Opportunity”—consists of immigrants, from the world-over—including Mexicans—who came here, started businesses, raised crops, and founded schools and churches.

Statistics report the Mexican population in the U.S. to be between 11 and 12 percent.  Many operate their own businesses, or are gainfully employed.  In fact, many United States farmers, ranchers and businesses welcome, and rely on, workers from across the border and the services they provide.

That said however, as we all know, Mexicans entering the United States illegally have become an overwhelming problem.  In addition to the crime aspect, increasing numbers of men, women and children are winding up in our welfare offices, draining welfare and social security funds which should be used to care for our own poor, ill and aged.  (According to statistics, approximately 51% of immigrant-led households receive welfare benefits).

Although we sympathize with those whose living conditions may be less than desirable in their homeland, our commitment should be first and foremost to our own; the thousands of United States citizens, including children, veterans and elderly, who are going hungry, becoming homeless and, in spite of recently initiated government programs, doing without medical care.

Our war veteran’s abominable circumstances are covered frequently by the news media as is the growing number of older Americans, living their proverbial “golden years” in poverty.  According to statistics, compiled last year, we have almost two million homeless veterans, children and elderly people in the United States.

Not only do illegals deplete our welfare system, the Unites States taxpayers are spending millions of dollars on strategies that are proving futile in preventing their entering the country.

There’s no doubt this money could be put to better use elsewhere.

Illegal immigration is definitely a situation that needs to be resolved.  Patrolling the border and building fences does not appear to be the answer.  Would building a wall solve the problem?  Probably not.

All this leads me to wonder if there isn’t a better way to resolve the matter.

 

Would it, perhaps, better solve the problem if, instead of trying to keep the Mexican people from entering illegally, the United States would simply deny illegals welfare privileges?

 

What if we then opened employment offices in border towns and major cities in Mexico, take applications for workers, send them where they are needed and provide work permits for the length of time necessary to complete the job.

 

This would open the door for both skilled and unskilled workers, give those who wish to remain in the United States the opportunity to earn citizenship, and distinguish immigrants who wish to be part of the American dream from those whose desire is to take advantage of our welfare system.  Fees paid by potential employers would, at least partially, offset costs.

 

It could be worth a try.  Who knows, it just might prove more effective, and less expensive, than patrolling the border and/or building fences and walls.

(Of course, it’s not going to stop the drug dealers and terrorists.  That’s another matter.  But I don’t think a wall is gonna do that either).




FURTHER COMMENT ON THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE

 

Because of comments on the previous post, I am addressing this subject further:

Accusations from the Mexican community that they are treated unfairly in the United States; proclaiming that they are “victims” of our society, is untrue.  Those who integrate into the American way of life, find employment, and obey our laws are accepted and appreciated as are immigrants from any country.  As a matter of fact, our government has done a great deal to ensure their success. 

Since March, 1969, government organizations such as NEDA  (National Economic Development Administration), a branch of the Small Business Administration,  OMBE (Office of Minority Business Enterprise), and MBDA (Minority Business Development Agency), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, have worked closely with minority business ventures, a great many of which are Mexicans, to establish, maintain and grow their business, obtain government contracts, etc.

These agencies help create and sustain U.S. jobs, promoting the growth and global competitiveness of businesses owned and operated by minority entrepreneurs.  In 2014, MBDA alone supported the creation and retention of nearly 31,000 jobs by assisting minority owned businesses in obtaining access to nearly $6.9 billion in contracts and capital.

(Note:  On January 13, 2012, President Obama, as part of a campaign to shrink the government, announced his intentions to ask the United States Congress for the power to close several departments, including these, and replace them with a new cabinet-level agency focused on trade and exports. The new agency would also include the Office of the United states Trade Representative, currently part of the Executive Office of the President, as well as the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the United States Trade and Development Agency and the Small Business Administration, all of which are, currently, independent agencies).

There has been further action on this proposal but I haven’t researched the current status of these organizations in depth.  I speak of them here only to show what the United States has done/is doing to help Mexicans, as well as other immigrants, integrate into the American way of life.  (BTW, that is what we expect incomers to do—integrate—not to try to change it).

Since their inception, these organizations have made it possible for thousands of Mexicans to obtain government contracts and to establish and build businesses in the United States.

Illegal immigration is an entirely different matter.  Despite extensive efforts, the United States has not been successful in stopping the flow of Mexicans entering the country illegally.  It isn’t the Mexicans that we are opposed to, but the problems this generates.

We are against people of any race who come into our country, violate our laws and become criminals, drug dealers and worse.  Equally unwelcome are those who enter the United States to become wards of our society—unemployed and indigent, dependent on the state, draining welfare funds which should be used for the care of legal residents, including veterans, who are poor, ill, aged and homeless. 

We are also opposed to immigrants trying to change the American way of life.  It is a given that they retain their identity and their native traditions, but this is an English-speaking nation and we expect incomers to adjust to our way of life—not us to theirs

 

 



THIS ONE THING I DO

 

            Remember that pencils, pens and projects must have points!

            When the sun’s rays, falling upon a reading glass, are converged by the glass, the power of combined energy is concentrated at that point.  When the rays are spread, they may produce warmth but when they are concentrated on one point, they can produce heat sufficient to start a fire.

            Our energies can be compared to the rays of the sun.  When concentrated on a definite purpose, they can produce amazing results, but when scattered, they may produce mediocre results.

            It is possible for one person, by concentrating his powers, to produce enough energy to change the world.

            Each if us has an assortment of mental and spiritual faculties which include love, power, wisdom, strength, life, imagination, zeal, order, faith, judgment and will.  When we determine to concentrate all these faculties on whatever we are doing, we shall have the most powerful instrument possible with which to do efficient work.

            When we decide to put ourselves under the direction of the will of God, then everything will be lifted from the limited human realm into the realm of divine ideas where all things work together for good.

All my powers are unified in God: I fix my attention upon the thing I am doing now.

Lowell Fillmore



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