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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Are there "jobs Mexicans won't do"?

Got the tip on this article from Mark Krikorian on The Corner.  

"Considered felons by the Mexican government, they fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take all their money.

While Mexico demands the humane treatment of its citizens who migrate to the U.S., it appears to be unable to guarantee similar rights for Central American migrants to this country."

Uh huh.


It's a good point. We really should take pride in our similarities to Mexico.
Careful, Ivan. Don't say anything bad about Mexico. Because that would be racist.
Actually, that's not what I was doing. Wait, I wasn't actually doing anything, I was too lazy. If I had been willing to put in the effort I would have tried to come up with something sarcastic and witty, but really, that never works for me. After some kind of disclaimer about how hypocrisy usually isn't my greatest concern in the world, it comes down to this: when their people come here, they claim "human rights" and demand automatic citizenship; when immigrants from poorer countries sneak into Mexico, it becomes a criminal issue, and these people are arrested (which is ok by me), robbed (by the police) or shot (not ok). So how is it that we're like Mexico?
Boy, if criticizing a country where people with other skin colors live makes me a racist, then I'd better lay off the topic of the middle east for a while.

Jason, it sounded to me like you were suggesting we should be like Mexico, that we shouldn't work on securing basic rights for immigrants, so I made a sarcastic comment about it. If you don't think we should treat immigrants like Mexico does, then it's great and we agree. Besides, I hardly think it's hypocrisy for citizens of a country to want one thing and its government to do another. If it is, then I'm a pretty hypocritical guy.
I don't think it's just the citizens of Mexico who want legalization here. I don't know what the official government position on it is, but considering that said government distributes maps and guides for crossing our border illegally, I think it's fair to infer that they wouldn't mind terribly if we took a few off their hands. Of course the shootings (apparently rare) and robbings (surely more common, given the reputation of their police) aren't official government policy either.

For my part, I oppose granting citizenship to anyone who came here illegally without a valid claim for asylum (like Cubans, and let's not get into the finer points of that unless we can drag in someone who participated in the ALP), at least without a lot of hoops to jump through, and I mean A LOT. But I don't think we should behave like the Mexican government either. Practicality aside, I think we should deport the 12 million (or whatever the number really is) illegal immigrants who are here as politely as possible.
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