As our southern neighbor, Mexico shows up quite a bit in US policy discussions. The problem is that all of those involve critique of how we deal with Mexico on specific issues, not an overview of the relationship between the United States and Mexico.
If we examine it further, we can see how the United States is a disaster for Mexico.
This is not as simple as the drug war. If you were looking for an article which, sheepishly condescending like a kindergarten teacher, would tell you that changing a single piece of our policy could magically fix everything, you’re on the wrong blog.
The United States is a disaster for Mexico for two reasons:
We are taught by repetition through schools, helpful government propaganda TV programs like Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rock, and even the opinions of our favorite entertainers, that diversity is our strength. In fact, it’s a futile quest to cram together two or more opposing things:
On Monday, the Central Bank of Mexico reported that remittances or wire transfers to Mexico increased by 5.48 percent between January and March over the same period in 2010.
In the first quarter of the year, remittances rose to $5.1 billion, from the $4.83 billion in the first three months of 2010.
The announcement further confirms the results of Pew Hispanic Center study released in late 2010, which found that while every demographic of native-born workers has lost millions of jobs during this deep recession, foreign-born workers have actually increased their employment numbers.
Since June 2009, immigrants (including illegal aliens) have gained 656,000 jobs, while U.S. born workers lost 1.2 million jobs during that same period. – Examiner.com
This won’t end well. Mexico suffers when its labor pool goes to the USA; USA suffers when money leaves the country and, because jobs are dumbed down to accommodate the unskilled and inexpensive labor picked up off the curb-corners of Home Depot stores, the USA drives skilled labor out of construction and other basic jobs.
When you see the shocking violence, or the appalling death toll, remember that those are effects of the fundamental imbalance in US-Mexico relations, not causes in themselves:
For anyone dreaming of an imminent end to the criminal bloodbath tormenting Mexico, April was perhaps the cruelest month.
More than 1,400 gangland killings were clocked, by one newspaper’s count, giving April the highest death toll of the 53 months since President Felipe Calderon unleashed the military and federal police against the country’s crime syndicates. The toll includes more than 300 bodies pulled from mass graves near the South Texas border and in other northern Mexican states.
Many of the graves’ victims were killed weeks, even months earlier. Still, nearly 40 people a day were slain last month, according to Milenio, the newspaper that tallied the 1,402 deaths. In April’s last week alone, gunmen abducted 11 city police officers, including the force’s chief, in a Monterrey suburb. – Houston Chronicle
We watch these tragedies daily, and notice how many immigrants drown or die of exposure trying to get across. Do we have a solution?
The liberal “solution” is to import more voters by legalizing illegal immigrants. The only thing that gives them pause is that Mexican immigrants do not behave like good Democrat stoolies; in fact, they not only resent African-Americans as much as the white majority, but tend to favor conservative social values, which stands in opposition to Democratic policy.
The conservative “solution” is either to continue keeping these immigrants illegal so we can pay them nothing (which in turn guts the American economy by slanting it toward unskilled, low-cost labor and away from high-tech solutions and well-trained, specialized labor) or to bloviate about how terrible it is these people are crossing our Holy Border to come work for table scraps.
A new way must be found, because right now, the situation isn’t helping either nation. Clearly some members of both civilizations are seeing benefit, but only at the expense of others, and in turn the whole.