Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Propelling International Jackassery to Dizzying Heights...

If nothing else, the Mexican government has got a gigantic pair of brass balls. I mean, it would take said testicular fortitude for them to demand a guest worker program in the US, along with the legalization of current border jumpers.

You've got to be kidding me. Seriously, people. This quote says it all -
"Migrants, regardless of their migratory status, should not be treated like criminals,".
In the words of the internet, "O RLY?" Then how should we treat them? As pampered guests? I can guaran-damn-tee you one thing. If I got caught in Mexico, having snuck across the border, to do anything, I can guarantee you that you'd never, ever hear from me again.

The most telling bit of information from the article, however, is this tidbit, which might enlighten us as to the true reason this 'request' was made -
Mexicans working in the United States are a huge source of revenue for Mexico, sending home more than $16 billion in remittances in 2004, Mexico's second largest source of foreign currency after oil exports according to the country's central bank.

You mean that money might have something to do with it? And if we cut off the revenue stream back to Mexico, that the Mexican economy, along with the economies of several Central American countries, might absolutely collapse? Perhaps we should speed this process up a bit...


Patrick Armstrong said...

Do you blame them?

This is completely about money, but no matter what leaders of other countries say, this has much more to do with American money.

$16 billion? No doubt. But I wonder how many billions American businesses get to add to their own profit margin because they can skirt US Labor laws, benefits and workers comp?

I'd wager a small cabbage that the number is higher than 16 billion clams, but we'll never really know that figure, will we?

And as far as the Mexican and Central American governments are concerned, most of those nations are probably in debt to US creditors in any case. Besides, if those governments and economies were to 'collapse,' that would only exacerbate the problem, wouldn't it?

There are really only two ways out of this: first of all, you've got to make it a felony for business to hire folks who are here illegally. $1000 fine is nothing to someone who makes $50K tax free a month because of dirty money, but a year in jail as "Dirty Billy's" cellmate might learn 'em.

Second: we've really got to help our allies to the south get their stuff together. As long as we refuse to take Mexico, Central America and South America seriously, we will see nothing but the creation of more Cubas, Venezuelas and Bolivias. Whatever policies (economic and security) we have in place right now are failures, and have been for some time.

More people on our border, heavier crimes for those who cross it, while necessary, are not the end answer to this issue.

patsbrother said...

Um, politicians play to their base and if you snuck across the border Mexico would be thrilled as long as you bought a taco.

That is all.