Mexico, Gangs, And NATO
Various news reports indicate sharply increased violence by drug trafficking gangs in Mexico, including a number of recent assassinations of senior law enforcement officers in Mexico. Some of this violence is spilling over the border into the US. The most egregious incident happened on June 22nd, when a Mexican hit-squad dressed up in Phoenix Police Department uniforms to kill a Jamican smuggler in Phoenix, Arizona. Such incidents will not long remain little known. The reaction will be that the US will get dragged into Mexican law enforcement, whether it likes it or not. Over the coming months and years, unless some fundamental factor in the economics driving Mexican drug lords changes, the US will get increasingly involved with Mexican authorities to, at a minimum, keep the violence away from the US, and more likely, US drug agencies will get directly involved with Mexico's drug cartels in Mexico. Welcome to the interconnected world.
While relatively unknown to the immigration community, the hereinabove does not come as news to those involved in US drug enforcement and border enforcement. Such interconnections go two-way, however, something that few have given much thought to. One of the unexpected twists involved in an eventual legalization program will be that a huge chunk of the Mexican population will acquire a personal connection to the US. Take that together with the increased US law enforcement involvement in Mexican drug wars, and America's historical attitude to its allies, and what have you got? What will most likely happen is that Mexico will increasingly find itself in a situation akin to Canada vis-a-vis its relations with the US. Mexico's defense and foreign policies will get less and less driven by traditional Mexican processess, and increasingly will be responsive to US concerns and priorities. We will not be the least surprised if Mexico joins NATO within 5 years of the enactment of legalization in the US. Again, welcome to the interconnected world.
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Imagine leaving everyone & everything you've ever known & loved your whole life behind to travel thousands of miles away on a deadly journey just to feed yourself & your loved ones...and then imagine not being able to see them for years on end because you are waiting for an immigration reform to surface that might never come to pass. Imagine missing your little ones' firsts, then your little ones' become adults & they barely know you except through occasional phone calls & Western Union recepts because its so expensive to call to third world countries & you can't send items through the mail because their postal services are too corrupt for them to ever arrive. Imagine family tragedies, illnesses, & funerals in your home country that you cannot attend. Imagine falling in love with & marrying a US citizen & constantly having to hide in the shadows, worrying every day you go to work that you might not see your spouse again because of a workplace raid or even a fender bender & he/she would never be informed what happened to you or where you were (detained). Imagine being the victim of a crime & not being able to report it for fear of being imprisoned & months or years later, deported. Imagine not being allowed to rent an apartment, apply for credit, open a bank account, purchase health insurance, or get a driver's license becuase your existence was prohibited. Imagine not being able to get to work or take your kids to school because you weren't permitted to obtain a driver's license. Imagine being forcibly separated from your children in front their eyes just because they were born here & you were not. If Congress would address fair immigration reform, & if the US immigration system wasn't so flawed & backlogged, there wouldn't be a need to enter "illegally".
It's better for all nativists here to ask the Congress of why they approved $ 162 billion budget for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan recently while our hospitals are closing and our infrastructures are crumbling. Nativists may need to ask John Mc. Cain on how he will finance these continuing wars while giving tax cuts to US richest and how he will maintain our highways while he want to give a "small change" gasoline tax suspension which fund our highways. Nativists are delusional and ignorant folks regarding how our tax dollars were spent and wasted by our war monger corrupt politicians while conveniently blame illegal immigration as the scapegoat. I always find out that it's US citizens and legal immigrants that milk our welfare. Mr. Utterback's letters need to explain us of how illegal immigrants who posses no valid IDs, social security numbers and legal immigration papers can obtain food stamps, medicaid, unemployment welfare check etc. We don't have to do the whole detail research to find the truth on this debate, but simple common sense is good enough, too bad many nativists' accusations here on illegal immigrants are out of prejudice, ignorant and completely delusional. And nativists suggestions that we can kick out all those foreigners and stop international trades and sealed our border to shield us from competition are foolish and even more delusional. It will never happen. Nativists may consider to exile themselves to Antartic and create their own isolationist colony there for the own delusional dreams.
Ref. Utterbeck's letter (ID 07/03/08) which attempts to make utterances facts by even more utterances... OK, I'll pick one, the crime statistics where the letter claims Latinos commit more crime... according to the USDOJ website, they state under 'Characteristics of State Prison inmates' "About 4% of State prison inmates were not U.S. citizens at year end 2001" Why go any further?
I have a fair amount of sympathy for immigration restrictionists, though I am not one, so I write this as a well intentioned reader. Jim Roberts's letters cannot have it both ways. In order to remain plausible. He cannot fairly resent Roger Algase's letters and others imputing racist motivations to his letters while simultaneously fulminating against the racism of Hispanic organizations whose virulence hardly extends beyond Internet posing that is almost a mirror image of organized white racist organizations that similarly have an almost pitifully small influence in this country. Either everyone who writes a letter to the editor is read with a calm and jaundiced eye or everyone gets the fulsomely hysterical treatment. Immigration, both legal and illegal, has costs and benefits. Lawyers and pundits often get a bad rap for stressing only that side of an issue that supports their side instead of trying to weigh costs against benefits. In a forum like the letters page, a more balanced approach might bear Mr. Roberts' side more dividends. So far, his letters have moved me away from taking many of their assertions seriously by their over the top approach, not towards it.
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