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Oh No! The Mexicans are Angry With Us! What Ever Shall We Do? December 21, 2005, 3:02 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Immigration.
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This story was linked by Drudge the other day, and I can’t believe that no one has fisked it yet, especially since this is one of those stories that is just begging for it.

Well, our government has finally started to get serious about our southern border and in addition to fixing other stupid policies, the legislation calls for extending and building a big wall on our border with Mexico. I figure if the Israelis can use a wall to keep suicide bombers out, we should be able to use a wall to keep illegals out. Well, quelle surprise, but the Mexican government is outraged that we are attempting to secure our own border.

The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, has struck back with radio ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States. Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government is also hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image. Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced the U.S. measures, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, as “shameful” and his foreign secretary, Luis Ernesto Derbez, said Monday the wall was “stupid.”

First off, we are not anti-immigrant in this country. However, we are against ILLEGAL immigration. Even legal immigrants are overwhelmingly against illegal aliens. That doesn’t seem so weird if you consider that they followed the rules and waited for a while to lawfully become citizens and get a little cheesed by line cutters and cheaters.

Then we get this stupid line:

” Many Mexicans, especially those who have spent time working in the U.S., feel the proposal is a slap in the face to those who work hard and contribute to the U.S. economy.”

I’m sorry but how are you contributing to the US economy when you don’t pay taxes? Oh yeah, and all that health care that you use? Contrary to what you hear from the Canadians and the English, that shit ain’t free folks. There are many reasons why California faces fiscal problems constantly, but one of the biggest is that they have to cover billions of dollars in non-reimbursable health care costs from treating non-US citizens.

But I digress. Let’s continue.

Fernando Robledo, 42, of the western state of Zacatecas, says the proposals could stem migration and disrupt families by breaking cross- border ties.

“When people heard this, it worried everybody, because this will affect everybody in some way, and their families,” Robledo said. “They were incredulous. How could they do this, propose something like this?

Robledo, whose son and mother are U.S. citizens, predicted the measure “would unleash conflict within the United States” as small businesses fail for lack of workers.

He said many Mexicans felt betrayed by the anti-immigrant sentiment.

How could we do this to YOU? Well, if you don’t like it, lobby your congressman to vote against it. OH WAIT! you can’t, you aren’t a citizen of this country, dick. Our government is doing its primary purpose here – protecting the citizens of THIS COUNTRY! And that line about businesses failing for lack of workers?? What a crock. Illegal immigrants working for sub-market wages is what forces overall wages to an artifically low point. A lot of peole talk about how there are simply jobs that Americans won’t do. I find this argument to be incomplete and inaccurate. A better way to say it would be “there are simply jobs that Americans won’t do for $2.00/hr.” Without the supply of $2.00/hr laborers, the demand for workers, along with wages would rise. Say what you want, but the market is the market and it just is.

Mexicans are outraged by the proposed measures, especially the extension of the border wall, which many liken to the Berlin Wall. Some are urging their government to fight it fiercely.

“Our president should oppose that wall and make them stop it, at all costs,” said Martin Vazquez, 26, at the Mexico City airport as he returned from his job as a hotel worker in Las Vegas. “More than just insulting, it’s terrible.”

The Berlin Wall? Gimme a break. Now that is insulting. Anytime there is a wall that some people don’t like, they immediately equate with the bogeyman of the Berlin Wall, without once thinking about function. It is often said that Jews are like the canary in the mine for all of humanity. If something is about to go down or some precedent be set, it usually happens to them first. Well, when Israel was building their fence to keep out the suicide bombers, it was also likened to the Berlin Wall. We really shouldn’t be shocked if that gets thrown our way as well when we build our wall. The Berlin Wall kept people from escaping, which strangely enough is the exact opposite intent of our proposed wall. Far be from me to accuse some people of being disengenuous in their arguments, but how retarded can you get?

But here is where the irony in this issue comes into play:

“If people in the U.S. and Canada had an accurate view of the success of democracy, political stability and economic prosperity in Mexico, it would improve their views on specific bilateral issues like immigration and border security,” Rob Allyn, president of the PR firm, told The Associated Press Tuesday.”

I don’t remember who I first heard this from, but it went something like “illegal immigration from Mexico acts as a safety valve against positive social change in that country.” Controlling our border with Mexico will actually IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MEXICANS!! I don’t know who coined the phrase “lazy Mexican” but it certainly wasn’t anyone who has ever actually met a migrant worker. These guys and gals are some of the hardest working , most driven people in the world. And every year, they leave Mexico by the hundreds of thousands to come to the United States. Mexico shares its northern border with the richest, most powerful country in the world, yet it continues to be one of the poorest, most corrupt shitholes around. There’s a very simple reason behind this: its leadership and government have completely failed its people. If its best and brightest continually leave the country instead of staying there and pushing for change and revolution via the ballot box, nothing will ever change. It will continue to be a poor and utterly corrupt country.

I guess the main thing that irked me about this article (and you really should read the whole thing) is its tone and perspective. It’s like I broke into someone’s mansion in Bel Air and then complained about how unfair it was that I can’t continue to trespass, or even more so, that I can’t believe the owner would have the balls to kick me out and prevent me from coming back. That’s just messed up.

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