Why Don't Mexicans Just Come to this Country Legally?

And how can we keep them out otherwise?

Dear Mexican: There are many who give lip service to border security. You may or may not be one of them. You may be an open borders advocate. But for the moment, put on your secure-borders hat and tell us how you would secure the borders if your job depended on its success. Is it possible to secure the borders if we abandon internal enforcement and grant yet another amnesty?

Wally Wallbanger

Dear Gabacho: Your question assumes there's a need to secure borders, when really we just need to legalize drugs and people, and our "problem" vanishes; after that, we can concentrate on preventing actual threats from entering this country instead of perceived ones. But I'll play your juego: How would I secure American borders? Easy: American jobs for Americans only. Create an insular, xenophobic economy that keeps away all foreign labor and wants nothing to do with foreign investors. In other words, adopt the Mexican model—and look how far that got them.

I was recently having a heated discussion with a Republican friend of mine about illegal immigration. She seemed to think that it's fairly easy for Mexicans to immigrate legally to the United States. ("Basically, it's just a background check and a history test," she said.) If this is the case, why do so many Mexicans immigrate illegally? My Republican friend thinks they just don't want to pay taxes, and they want to get all our social services for free. I think the issue is more complex than that, but I didn't really know what to say in response. Any thoughts?

—A Curious Democrat

Dear Gabacho: Your friend is proof of how tontos Republicans are when it comes to the issue of immigration. If migrating legally to the United States was as easy as your amiga insists, you think Mexicans would pay thousands of dollars in smuggling fees and subject themselves to the terrorizing whims of coyotes when the legal way sets you back, after attorney fees and everything, a couple thousand dollars? If illegal immigrants didn't want to pay taxes, then why do so many assume fake Social Security numbers that ensures payroll and Social Security taxes get pulled, the latter of which they'll never get back? If illegal Mexis wanted to live high on the government queso, then why do you see so many of them selling flowers and strawberries on street corners? Tell your amiga that legal immigration takes years, years that poor people can't afford to waste in poverty when a risky trip will do the trick, and that she needs to become libertarian and learn true conservative principles instead of the snake-oil pendejadas currently offered by her party.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: Los Tigres del Norte need no real introduction, but this one's for the gabachos: Imagine the Beatles combined with the Rolling Stones, mix in some Clash and Bill Monroe, and you still won't come close to describing the influence, innovative technique and all-around talent these masters of the conjunto norteño genre (the Mexican music with accordions, not the one with tubas) have had on Mexican regional music for more than 40 years. Their latest album, MTV Unplugged: Los Tigres del Norte & Friends, has the group performing some of their masterpieces and even features a duet with Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha. Do yourself a favor and buy this album as a primer—then work backward through a catalog that would make Bob Dylan seem as prolific as Blind Faith.

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5 comments
Nana171959
Nana171959

Why do ppl assume we come to the u.s to live for free?? We just want a better life and we well I am willing to pay tax and evrything else just like the rest of us enoughf said...

Yolanda Correa-Huerta
Yolanda Correa-Huerta

we are the human race. No race is better than another. We all have faults. The Mexican, is just always picked on due to the hate that our nation has increased in the immigration roles through society and through the mentality of its leaders who sway their votes and opinions for the benefits of themselves .

S-k-y-y
S-k-y-y

Hey baby, que paso! Hey baby, que paso!

amina56
amina56

Why are these titles so racist. How about DEAR MEXICAN -WHY DON'T WE ARREST EMPLOYERS WHO HIRE ILLEGALS ?? OR WHY DOESN'T ANYONE TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT ASIANS AND EUROPEANS ARE COMING HER ILLEGALLY OFTEN ENTERING THROUGH MEXICO ??OR WHY DO WHITE AMERICANS COMMIT ILLEGAL ACTS FOR FINANCIAL GAINS EVEN WHEN THEY ARE NOT STARVING ??

Lu_al_0572
Lu_al_0572

its really funny, in a sad way, how little americans know about the costs that this government charges to be legal, and then every few years, charges again, and again...it starts out with an immigration lawyer, $600 to $1000, then various fees and federal costs, which ends up around $4000, then they keep close track of that individual, and in a couple of years, bill him again for $545 and continue to send threatening letters, telling all the things that are going to happen if they don't pay up...everyone thinks that all foreign people are just dying to get here, with all the crime, school shootings, car jackings, etc, when you do something wrong in mexico, you don't pay a small fine and get out on the street again...your never seen again, the only people that come here are so poor and desperate, that they have nowhere else to go, and if they can locate friends or family, try to help each other to survive...the government is losing so much money because of there greed...and we end up paying for it...

 
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