I watched a documentary on illegal immigrants. It showed how many of the immigrants may come through Mexico but they are not all Mexican. They come from all over in Central America and even from South America. Many of them travel as far as 2500 to 3000 miles just to try their luck at getting across the Rio Grande River, our southrern border with Mexico.
Sure, there is something wrong with this but it does show how attractive America is to those who do not have it as good as us. They risk life and limb just for an opportunity for a better opportunity. For the most part these people are not terrorists or criminals. They are just like you and I; they just want to raise their family in a safe, profitable atmosphere. They view America as this environment.
What we also saw were those who did not make it; and there are plenty of them. Many of them were missing a leg from falling off the train and onto the tracks under the wheels. Some of them were missing both legs and even those who have perished. Still, they continue to make that exodus from Mexico and further points south, just to try to get to America.
Mexico has problems and so does the USA. Mexicans view the USA as the land of opportunity. They can see higher wages, plentiful resources and freedom for everyone just across the border. Everyone wants success, we all want to provide for our families and the Mexicans and other refugees are no different. They are simply doing what they feel they have to do in order to satisfy their basic needs.
The USA, particularly now, is also facing a myriad of problems. Our economy, although it looks wonderful to the Mexicans does not look so good to many of us who have had it so much better. Companies are moving out, the dollar is shrinking in value and jobs are disappearing. The last thing we “Americans” want is a horde of Mexicans, or any nationality, coming in and because they are used to working for so little, or not working at all, taking the few jobs that are left.
The technical direction many companies are going is great. They are adding more and more jobs but these are highly educated jobs. The people coming in from Mexico and the citizens of the USA who are out of work, or are close to it, typically do not satisfy the stringent requirements of these jobs. The added jobs really don’t do a lot for anyone if the requirements are such that the available workers cannot satisfy them.
All of this leads us to a situation that promotes crime and illegal behavior. Much of the crime we are experiencing on the Mexican / USA border is due to Mexicans trying to buy or cheat their way into our country. How do we combat that crime? One simple and quick remedy is to make it legal to cross the border. Greatly diminish the requirements for Mexicans to come to the United States. Retain or initiate a requirement for identification but drop all quotas. We would require numbered Government Identification Cards (GIDC) that would be documented and could be tracked.
We all have such a number right now. It is assigned to us at birth. It is our social security number. The number and card given to Mexicans would be tied to their location, vocation, taxes, and education, everything, just like our SSAN is. The GIDC would not qualify the Mexican holding the card for government benefits until the new recipient of the card had paid in a pre-set minimum of taxes or social security funds.
Until the program became fully integrated the Border Patrol would continue to round up those sneaking across the border in the middle of the night. Now, instead of sending them back only to round them up again next week, they would take them to the border-clearing house, register them as transient Americans and give them their GIDN (Government Identification Number).
The GIDN would be used in the same manner a SSAN is used for employment. Taxes and withholdings would be the same as though the GIDN were actually a SSAN only the GIDN would have a pre-set threshold that would require a minimum number of dollars be deposited before any of the benefits could be realized. USA Employers could hire Mexicans for any jobs as long as they had their GIDN. Mexicans could register for driver’s licenses and for schooling using the GIDN.
We could tie any requirements to the card we wanted to. Perhaps we would require all recipients to be fluent in speaking and writing English within one year or must get a job within the first 90 days or must hold the first job for a minimum of 6 months or they could be sent back to Mexico. As far as the illegal immigrants that are already in America and have set up house and are working they would be located and assigned their own GIDN with the same stipulations attached. No crime, no deportation, no amnesty, simply satisfy the requirements.
An even more dramatic step is to have the USA annex Mexico and obliterate the international border. That’s right. Keep a border but it would be between the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and the new states that would be formed by breaking up the Mexican territory. All citizens of Mexico would then be subject to the same laws and regulations we current citizens of the USA are subjected to.
The annexing of Mexico would permanently solve so many of the problems we have with our Southern neighbor, both for Mexico and for the USA. Immediately we would send the UAW into the American and other industrialized companies now operating in Mexico. We would extend our constitution to Mexico, laws, policing, government, and elections, military; everything enjoyed in America would now be enjoyed in Mexico. There would be no reason to run across the border, Mexico would be America.
The quickest way to eliminate reoccurring crimes is to make the activity legal; forgive downstream, join them if you can’t lick them. The transition would be rocky indeed but it would soon settle down. If we expect the introduction of democracy to go good in countries like Pakistan and Iraq we should expect no less from Mexico, particularly since we are right here to help them through the ordeal.