PEMEX And CIR
Immigration to the US is a multi-faceted subject, and touches on an increasing number of issues, both at home and abroad. A critical connection that many Immigration Daily readers should know about is between PEMEX and Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). PEMEX is Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil and gas company in Mexico. From its website "Petroleos Mexicanos was established by a decree of the Mexican Congress, effective on July 20, 1938, as a result of the nationalization of the foreign-owned oil companies which were operating in Mexico ... PEMEX is the largest company in Mexico and, according to the Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, in 2003 it was the ninth largest oil and gas company in the world. In the same year, it was the third largest producer of crude oil in the world." Any which way you crunch the numbers, PEMEX is the single largest economic entity in Mexico, and it affects the Mexican economy more than any other single factor. To the extent that immigration from Mexico to the US is driven by economic factors, especially the poor performance of the Mexican economy over the decades, the blame lies squarely on PEMEX's shoulders. This should come as no surprise given the abysmal record of state-owned companies throughout the world over the last century. If the oil and gas assets of Mexico were properly managed, the resultant wealth would result in the creation of opportunity in Mexico sufficient to significantly ameliorate some of the pressure on our southern border. Efficient management of PEMEX is possible by privatization - for example, by giving every person in Mexico an equal share, and then letting those shares trade freely in the international stock markets. A privatized PEMEX would result in wealth flowing to all ordinary Mexicans, unlike the situation over the last 80 years, when Mexican oil wealth has lined the pockets of only PEMEX's workers and the Mexican oil elite. While what to do with PEMEX is certainly a sovreign Mexican decision, the US could, as part of CIR, encourage our neighbor to the south to move toward privatization, and perhaps make some elements of CIR contingent upon this. To the extent possible, CIR should address both long-term and short-term issues. If improving the Mexican economy is part of the CIR equation, privatizing PEMEX has to be on the table.
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The latest right-wing plan would sell immigrants leave passes to visit their relatives
abroad, along with partial immunity from the occasional round of
capricious deportations, for a mere $1,200 a year in post-tax
protection money. Those who can't cough up would face intensified
The citizenship chimera (some 35 years, $50,000, a wait abroad, and a
lucky drawing later) is undoubtedly there to try to save face with
UNHCHR and the international community - outside of course of Latin
America, where the sound of laughter is already loud enough to provide
temporary relief from the sorrow and shame of having relatives in a
more or less elective state of indentured servitude abroad.
It's clear that the CIR consensus building process has been hijacked,
and that the legislation's ideals are at risk of being turned upside
down by those same shameless supremacist slimeballs that co-opted last
year's S. 2611 into H.R. 4437.
It's time to stop playing games with morality and decency. S. 9 should
be a straight-up Democratic bill, and offer direct adjustment of
status upon a background check. There are six Republican senators who
will support any comprehensive bill. The Democratic leadership needs
to get the five dissenting Democrats back into line for the cloture
vote. The President will then have the choice of delivering three more
Republicans for cloture, or leaving without a legacy. Among those
still in office, eighteen Republicans voted for S. 2611. Finding three
cloture votes can't be so hard, can it? No need to court the likes of
Kyl and Cornyn.
If that fails, attach S. 9 to a must-pass military appropriations
As for the Democratic anxiety calculus that the media loves to
speculate on - it just doesn't add up. "If it's a success, Bush gets
credit, if it's a failure, we get blamed" makes no sense at all.
Hispanics, a core Democratic constituency, will know full well who to
credit for CIR once the votes in Congress are tallied. Conversely, any
racist ready to go up in arms about amnesty has already done so over
the last year and a half, yet both chambers of Congress changed hands.
And Americans in the great decent middle will know CIR was the right
thing to do, once they witness their long-time neighbors, colleagues
and acquaintances reveal themselves, emerging from the shadows of
oppression with full rights. Those, that is, who'll even notice the
Re. Honza Prchal, Esq. letter of 04/12/2007 (ID 04/12/07), we've had Latino's in the U.S. for as many generations as any other race.
We played baseball with Mexican's at church leagues for decades and theres no problem with Mexicans. It the 'illigal' part we object too. Remember during previous immigrations they were invited. In Europe posters advertised the expanse of land in the west. The frontiers are gone now. If we had an expanse of millions of acres of land setting without inhabitants today, we'd be glad to have legal immigration to fill it up. I know the history of immigration, but in the cities melting pots, after one generation, the major differances were solved.
Mexican people have been in the United States for over a century. No one ever had any problems with the Mexican people for this hundred plus years.
We realize your sitation. The problem is that Americans are being made peasants by the sponsors and you too someday will be in the same situation when big money is done with you. We don't blame the illigals for trying to obtain the American dream, but in reality there is no longer an American dream. You're just being used by big business to replace the existing population from their rightful heritage. My empathy truly. But its the way immigrants are coming in and the purpose for bringing them in that the rightful citizens object to. Please remember there are 168 countries in the world that want to immigrate to Amica, not just those of South America, and other neighboring border countries and those that boat into our country. It is our country and thats the point.
I wish to call attention to a spelling error in my letter of April 12 (ID 04/12/07)
which inadvertently misspelled the word "bewildering". I apologize to
all ID readers. Also, in response to a point that Honza Prchal's letter
of April 12 (ID 04/12/07) makes, I totally agree with O.S. Fergusen (ID 04/11/07) that racism is an
important (though of course not the only) factor in current attitudes
toward immigration reform, and I think that those who try to downplay
the role of racial (usually going by the euphemism "cultural") animosity
toward Latino immigrants in particular,including legal ones as well as
illegal ones, should spend more time watching Lou Dobbs or Fox News, or
checking out the hundreds, if not thousands, of vicious internet
comments about Latino (and, to some extent, Asian) immigrants that
appear every day. Then it might be easier to understand what is really
going on in America.
As noted in the past, I enjoy the variety of thought you present.
In that light, Immigration Daily readers may enjoy an OpEd "Free Markets need Free People" provided in Monday's Wall Street Journal by Gordon R. Hanson,director of the Center on Pacific Economies at the University of California.
It suggests "Illegal immigration is better than a poorly designed guest-worker program" noting inability of government to grant and issue worker visas in time to the beat of the economy / needs of industry. The grand scheme and failed reality of the "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986" are offered as example. (A paucity of freely issued green cards would translate into a much reduced rate of fraudulent applications.) Interested readers could go to the new study by the Council on Foreign Relations that was the genesis of the piece.
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