Tarry for the Nonce

April 19, 2006

C’mon! Let’s Manifest Destiny Them!

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 2:29 pm

Immigrant workers in Mexico are afforded no rights:

Jose Ramos, 18, of El Salvador, said the extortion occurs at every stop in Mexico, until migrants are left penniless and begging for food . . .

“They force [women] to strip, supposedly to search them, but the purpose is to sexually abuse them,” [Maria Elena Gonzalez] said.

Others said they had seen migrants beaten to death by police, their bodies left near the railway tracks to make it look as if they had fallen from a train.

The Mexican government acknowledges that many federal, state and local officials are on the take from the people-smugglers who move hundreds of thousands of Central Americans north, and that migrants are particularly vulnerable to abuse by corrupt police . . .

While Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal said Monday that “Mexico is a country with a clear, defined and generous policy toward migrants,” the nation of 105 million has legalized only 15,000 immigrants in the past five years, and many undocumented migrants who are detained are deported.

Since Mexico sees fit to insert their oar into our INS affairs, why don’t we insist that they cease and desist from their alien abuse?

Hypocrisy abounds.

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4 Comments

  1. But all of that money being sent back to Mexico from illegal immigrants working in the United States is a great boost to the Mexican economy. How can you blame them for making money at all costs? I mean, as long as they’re doing what’s in their own best interest and no one else’s, it must be ok. They’re only being realistic.

    Comment by Anon — April 19, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  2. I am fascinated by the Mexican immigrant issue.

    Most of what I see on the news is grandstanding — hyperbolic, fatuous and with very little (if any) reason applied. The two ‘sides’ – whatever they may actually be – are to blame for this.

    As far as I can tell, no one is really serious about the issue at all. But they all sure do like to talk about it. Sometimes with great energy and enthusiasm.

    My prediction: the issue will go nowhere and nothing at all will be done by anyone that will affect either pro- or anti-immigration arguments.

    Comment by auntlori — April 21, 2006 @ 11:32 am

  3. Well, we know Mexico’s 20B$ a year industry isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Its second only to oil for Mexico, so …. now, 20B$ isn’t much in this country, but to Mexico, its huge. I equate Mexico with a parasite, feeding off its host…

    Comment by Andrew P. — April 21, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

  4. I have traveled in Mexico twice and many of the people are very warm and friendly. Mexico City looks like any city of the Industrialized world. However, as soon as you head out into the villages, you feel like you have traveled a century or more into the past. The poverty is crushing, working conditions are often dangerous, and the pay is terrible. A friend of mine was approached by a child at the border and the little boy literally asked, “Hey, Mister, how much you gimme for my sister?” And it was no joke either, they were hungry.

    Women with babies beg outside the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    Even the poor in our ghettos look rich to them.

    American auto companies have moved plants to Mexico, but as with so many other U.S. companies, they pay nothing like what they do here. However, contrary to what President Bush says, the exodus of U.S. companies and the intrusion of illegal immigrants do cost Americans jobs. Even here in the DC-Maryland area, we may have as many as 600,000 illegal Aliens. They work has handymen, painters, construction workers, and as farm labor. When I was a boy, poor whites and African Americans would wait along the highway where trucks would pick them up and they would work as pickers on the farms. My grandmother used to get 25 cents a day. However, these jobs now largely go to the illegals, who work for even less than poor Americans. It is all done with cash to avoid minimum wage requirements. A truck turned over on the Beltway last year, and dozens of illegals came running out. It is a real problem. I do not like paying too much for my strawberries, but there is a human cost that we too often ignore.

    These illegals often do not know the language. When there was a march for the rights of illegal immigrants in DC, Cardinal McCarrick came out in their defense, and pictures were taken of the crowds. Hundreds, maybe thousands of small American flags were being waved. What was not revealed was that prior to the pictures, the crowds were waving Mexican flags and their advocates frantically passed out American flags in exchange. Otherwise, the images would have fed the fears of their enemies, those who see the millions of illegals as an invasion of people with no real allegiance or understanding of our heritage, our nation, or her values and institutions.

    The truth be said, this may be the greatest challenge to American democracy and government since the civil rights protests of African Americans in the 1960’s.

    Oh my goodness, does that mean that Patrick Buchanon is right?

    Comment by Father Joe — April 25, 2006 @ 12:12 am


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