Richard Baer did not recognize that my tongue was in my cheek. As Mr. Baer indicates in his letter to the Editor, I do not believe in open borders, and he misinterprets my satire. And like Mr. Baer, I do see a need for the US and Mexico to cooperate with each other for the benefit of both countries. And like Mr. Baer, I see a need for a controlled work authorization program from Mexico, but perhaps not exclusively from Mexico, unless they will give us some modicum of control of their oil in return. However, I fear that in the long run, this may just maintain the status quo in Mexico and not really benefit either country long term, although it will immediately benefit a few on both sides of the border. I wonder just how a line in the sand drawn from San Diego to Brownsville can be the dividing line between rich and poor? For Pete's sake, Mexico is a democracy that is rich in natural resources, natural beauty, strong religious heritage, a rich cultural heritage, with strong family values. Why is it desperately poor, while the US is so obscenely rich? What would have happened if in 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo had not secured California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for the US? Would "the line in the sand" merely be a few hundred miles further to the North, with no difference in the Mexican economy? My point that Mr. Baer obviously seems to have missed, is that there is always someone who believes some law is not working - at least for them, the problem is, who is going to decide just what laws "work" and what laws do "not work" for the US? Well, perhaps it should be George and his band of merry men of Sherwood Forest, D.C, who seem to have no trouble robbing from the poor to give to the rich, now actively scanning the globe, determining what despots should fall and which should be left to rule over another day of tyranny, and in passing legislation like Patriot I (thank goodness Patriot II did not pass), and establishing closed-hearing policies that erode the basic freedoms on which we Americans pride ourselves. But why do guest workers need to come only from Mexico? Liberia anyone? Sierra Leone? How about the Lost Boys of Africa, or North Korean refugees who are waiting in refugee camps, eager to come to America for a better life? And so I again ask, why Mexico, a democracy with some of the wealthiest individuals in the world and an oil reserve owned by a corrupt government controlled cartel that even the Bush Administration has been unable to uproot? If we are going to open our borders to guest workers, even on a controlled basis, should we not be fair and distribute the benefits equally around the world?
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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