Monday, March 27, 2006

Nothing works in that freaking country

I have a little bit of personal experience on the immigration issue.

If Mark Wayne will indulge still another reminiscence, I once had an immigrant boyfriend. All he really wanted to do was go back to Mexico and build a house. I think eventually he did just that, but not until the Mexican government utterly gutted his savings.

See he wasn't a financial genius and he sent all his money back to a Mexican bank and put it in pesos. (I know.) Well, one year he went to Mexico and was going to put all his money into land. Better idea. At the time, the peso was set at a silly exchange rate: 12 pesos to the dollar. It's been a while.

One Saturday, he took half his money out of the bank and bought a piece of land in Mexico. The next day the peso was devalued to something like 200 pesos to the dollar and in one moment, half of Pete's money was gone. At least he had the land.

All the rich, evil, Mexicans never had their money in pesos but if they did, you can be sure they had it in dollars before that devaluation happened.

That's the thing.

Pete was sending his money back to this faithless, useless country where you have to bribe the mailman to get your mail (think about the effect of that on shipping); and where workers commonly don't get paid. I mean they have a job they go to day to day, and on pay day, they don't get paid. Think about that.

In our small business, and in every American business, payroll is SACRED. Well there are probably lots of laws going on there too. But who cares about that? Payroll is sacred.

NOTHING works in Mexico. Nothing is sacred. Man works for you and the man doesn't really expect to be paid.

That's why I say there ain't a wall or a law tall enough or strong enough to keep them out.

The only thing we can hope for is that somehow they won't change US. Somehow we have got to agree to make them speak English, work hard, and be honest. We have to find a way to instill our values in immigrants... and Democrats. The latter will be harder.

Maybe we can build a wall to keep Democrats out. That would be way more useful. I'll take every Mexican who can smuggle himself across the Rio Grande and I'll ship you a Democrat. Talk about a bad exchange rate. We'd have to put up a border wall muffle the whining coming out of that country. Imagine an entire country full of Democrats. It would be like ... you know... France.


Blogger said...

Don't let the left set the context.

The goal of securing the borders is not to "keep them damn Mexicans" out. That's what the Democrats, who want a new chattel they can force to vote for them, want you to think.

Building a wall and increasing border patrols and ending "catch and release" is not, at this point in history, about keeping Mexicans, or any immigrants, out of America.

It's about keeping illegal immigrants out of America. About requiring a set of standards to be met and, hopefully, a degree of documentation to be kept on the folks who come in the country. I can't leave this country without a passport. And can't go work somewhere without a visa to do so. Not because other countries want to to keep me out, but because part of perserving a secure and stable society, and certainly any hope we have of inculcation and Americanization, comes from a set of processes made possible via legal immigration.

Not much hope for making them learn English when they have to hide from the authorities and are "protected" from "persecution" be Democrats who are also busy trying to pass laws so they can vote.

More to the point, you can make it a lot harder. Nobody is fighting or funding the fight against tighter border security more than the Mexican government, because they see illegal immigration as a solution to many of their regional problems (population, no state services, the need for cash) and as a means to an end (the general of goal of Mexico to "legally" reclaim California by becoming the majority population and infilitrating (or supporting sympathizers who do) various offices in the California state and municipal governments.

Part of legal immigration is to make them go through a process that may help to acculturate them. Another part of it is to legitimize them, to themselves and others, so they can be proud of themselves and their citizenship, to reflect on why they came here instead of staying where they were, on the opportunity afforded by America, and so on . . . while not ideal, legal immigrants have a better shot at acculturation than illegals.

And the hurdles to legal immigration are not all that high. Making it harder for folks to be hear illegally can also help acculturation, because it demonstrates that our the government and people of our country take American citizenship and security seriously.

Acculturation is not helped when, for all practical purposes, we do not seem to see ourselves as having a distinct and valuable American culture, because we let anybody come over and work illegally because we don't value our own border or our own laws. If we don't see any difference in Mexico and America--other than perhaps how much money one can make as a farm laborer--why should they look at it any differently?

12:51 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

The difference between the rule of law in the USA and dog eat dog in Mexico.

3:07 PM  

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