Monday, February 5, 2018

The Bracero Program and Trump's Wall
The Bracero Program, which brought millions of Mexican guest workers to the United States, ended more than four decades ago. Current debates about immigration policy-including discussions about a new guest worker program-have put the program back in the news and made it all the more important to understand this chapter of American history. Yet while top U.S. and Mexican officials re- examine the Bracero Program as a possible model, most Americans know very little about the program, the nation's largest experiment with guest workers. Indeed, until very recently, this important story has been inadequately documented and studied, even by scholars.
The Bracero Program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States that allowed millions of Mexican men to come to the United States to work on, short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. From 1942 to 1964, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest U.S. contract labor program. An examination of the images, stories, documents and artifacts of the Bracero Program contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of, immigration, citizenship, nationalism, agriculture, labor practices, race relations, gender, sexuality, the family, visual culture, and the Cold War era.
The Bracero Program was created by executive order in 1942 because many growers argued that World War II would bring labor shortages to low-paying agricultural jobs. On August 4, 1942 the United States concluded a temporary intergovernmental agreement for the use of Mexican agricultural labor on United States farms (officially referred to as the Mexican Farm Labor Program), and the influx of legal temporary Mexican workers began. But the program lasted much longer than anticipated. In 1951, after nearly a decade in existence, concerns about production and the U.S. entry into the Korean conflict led Congress to formalize the Bracero Program with Public Law 78.
The Bracero Program was controversial in its time. Mexican nationals, desperate for work, were willing to take arduous jobs at wages scorned by most Americans. Farm workers already living in the United States worried that braceros would compete for jobs and lower wages. In theory, the Bracero Program had safeguards to protect both Mexican and domestic workers for example, guaranteed payment of at least the prevailing area wage received by native workers; employment for three-fourths of the contract period; adequate, sanitary, and free housing; decent meals at reasonable prices; occupational insurance at employer's expense; and free transportation back to Mexico at the end of the contract. Employers were supposed to hire braceros only in areas of certified domestic labor shortage, and were not to use them as strikebreakers. In practice, they ignored many of these rules and Mexican and native workers suffered while growers benefited from plentiful, cheap, labor. Between the 1940s and mid 1950s, farm wages dropped sharply as a percentage of manufacturing wages, a result in part of the use of braceros and undocumented laborers who lacked full rights in American society.

Speaking as a retired US Border Patrol Agent:
The Bracero program worked fine until Washington and Mexico's politicians, corporate America and the US Border enforcement industrial complex decided they could make billions more in profits by keeping workers illegal.  This evolved into NAFTA and pumping billions of tax dollars into an enforcement complex that is designed to be ineffective (40 year long drug war included).  Look at the decades-long political careers being made arguing "let them in or keep them out".  This narrative which many voters believe is designed to be circular and ineffective. 

 Do you not think the political elites of Mexico and the US are in cahoots and cashing in with this?  Think of all of the money being pumped back into Mexico (illegal drug profits and remittances).  Think of US industries in Mexico profiting from cheap labor and arms sales.  Think of how happy Mexico is to have some 6 million of their citizens risking their lives to cross the border and send money home.

Meanwhile American taxpayers foot the bills for the undocumented using US schools and hospitals.  In some cases Americans suffer the unwelcome demographic changes to their home towns.    


So Trump's wall to some looks like the solution.  For those of us who have studied this and actually worked on the border we know how this US/Mexico merry-go-round works.  We have heard all of this propaganda (from both sides) before.  Meanwhile the Washington narrative that only focuses upon "keeping them out or letting them in" does not deal with the bi-national elites' greed factor that screws not only the undocumented but American tax payers too.          

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Whose Breath? Whose Haikus? Journey In Presence And Love And "I" Get To Watch

John Randolph.  I am going to publish a book on haikus.  At the point I have over a 100 Haikus that "I" hahahaha wrote in 2017.  I plan on using the above title.  I listed a few below for record keeping and title rights' purposes. 

Whose Breath?  Whose Haikus?                                                                                                             Journey In Presence And Love                                                                                                             And "I" Get To Watch

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Haiku #1-17 "May I Be Aware"
May I Be Aware
Of the thinking within me
That distracts from You

Haiku #2-17 "Love Truly Matters"
Here stories are clear
Such joyful stillness and peace
Love truly matters
Haiku #3-17 "We Have Lost Our Way"

Pussy (full of pus) cancer growth
Our nation - its face exposed
We have lost our way
Haiku #4-17 "The Divine Within"

Open to this life
Love, cry, live, die, remember
The Divine Within
Haiku #5-17 "May Grace Lead Our Lives!"

May Grace Lead Our Lives!
Let go of the hurtful, and
​Choose to cherish love
Haiku #6-17 "See What's Meaningful"

See what's meaningful
Meaningless reactions cause
Pain - meaninglessly
Haiku #7-17 "God's Gift Is Presence"

God's gift is presence
Love not thought, bought, sought, or fought
Felt, seen, heard, observed
Haiku #8-17 "Fall Into God's Love"

At some point notice
Shift from unconscious thinking
Fall Into God's Love
Haiku #9-17 "Feel Grace Resolve"

Thoughts - mind narration
Where thinking creates "our" world
Feel Grace Resolve
Haiku #10-17. In Honor of Tuba our doG.

Heading down your road
Who is it who rescues whom -
On our way home doG?
Haiku #11-17 "Dark Resolves To Light"

Dark Night of the Soul
Applies to countries as well
Dark Resolves to Light
Haiku #12-17 "Distractions From Grace"

How to be aware
Of mental and physical
Distractions From Grace
Haiku #13-17 "Must Know To Outgrow"

Mind's default search mode
"Something's wrong - must be my fault"
Must know to outgrow
Haiku #14-17 "How To Overcome?"

Egotist in charge
Harm themselves, life, all others
How to overcome?
Haiku #15-7 "Come Back To Our Grace"

We have lost our way
Our path now is to come back
Come back to our Grace

Haiku #16-17 "Watch Breathing - Grace - Ease"
Pre-dawn silence, peace
Dark feelings, dreams, thoughts compete
Watch Breathing - Grace - Ease
Haiku #17-17 "Tears For Mister Trump"

Tears for Mister Trump
This self-created nightmare
Affects one and all
Haiku #18 -17 "If Not Us Then Who?"

Government trust is worn
Faith - all common sense - but gone
If not us then who?
Haiku #19-17 "Can Be Felt, Not Taught"

Faith; non - intellectual
Can be felt, not taught
Haiku #20-17 "Grace This door Opens"

Grace this door opens
Inspiration beyond words
Seekers know they feel
Haiku #21-17  "Breathe - And Disappear"

Soft breeze - skin caress
Touching chimes - twinkle divine
Breathe - and disappear
Haiku #22-17 "Ours To Fathom Why"

Under the same sky
We walk this earth for awhile
Ours to fathom why
Haiku #23-17  "Grace Not Taught Or Thought"

Vulnerable hearts
Side by side with the unknown
Grace Not Taught Or Thought
Haiku #24-17  "Feel Love Born In Grace"

Here before the Void
See thoughts of present and past
Feel Love Born In Grace

Haiku #25 - 17  "Back From Whence They Came"
Do ocean waves die?
Arise, Resolve, Return, No?
Back from whence they came.
Haiku #26-17 "Behold Mind's Shadow"

Behold mind's shadow
Dark self's inadequacy
Light of Grace will free
Haiku #27-17  "Feel Grace Softly Touch"

Ego survives - thinks
Must judge, compete and react
Feel Grace's soft touch


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trump: Self-Aggrandizer In Chief, "Leads" by Creating Chaos

Trump "leads" by creating chaos.  His chaos is a feeble attempt to appear strong and hide his incompetence as president.    

Trump's followers fashion him as some kind of super hero fighting for them and to make America great again.  Tragically the majority of his supporters never quite understand that Trump's bullying behaviors serve only his grandiose, insatiable ego, not them.

As Trump the self-aggrandizer said on January 14, 2017, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters".  This comment speaks volumes about what Trump really thinks of his supporters and his own twisted, self-involved ego.   

Monday, September 4, 2017

The "Mother" Of All Immigration Rallies - "Hurricane DACA"

The "Mother" Of All Immigration Rallies - "Hurricane DACA"

Hold a rally that will cause Washington worldwide negative attention, shame and embarrassment.
A "storm surge" on the border, if you will.  One they won't soon forget. 
Hundreds of thousands of people protesting Trump's cancelation of DACA which insidiously highlights both county's decades of failed and inhumane bi-national (Mexico/US) immigration policies.

How many bi-national border, illegal immigration, economic, drug war caused, ruined lives and deaths will it take for these two governments to come to their senses? 

They only do what we allow them to do.

Imagine 800 thousand DACA kids, their families, their supporters and hundreds of thousands of citizens on both sides of the border who also have had it with these two plutocratic governments' immigration policies that abuse not only their own citizens but each other's citizens too.
Hook up with the Woman's March.  Peacefully rally at the major ports of entry between the two countries. 

Now is the time to peacefully go for the whole enchilada - don't play small.  

PS  Washington decades old immigration game:  one political party gives, the other takes away, and each blame each other for nothing substantial ever getting done.  Meanwhile how many lives not only in foreign countries but in the US too suffer because of these profit-based, insidious  immigration policies? 



Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Insanity Of Trump's Border Wall and Drug/ Immigration Enforcement

The Insanity Of Trump's Border Wall and Drug/ Immigration Enforcement

Please check out this article in Foreign Policy:

Here is my response:

Let's pour billions more into the border enforcement arm of the US military industrial complex. Let's create thousands of more jobs and billions more in profit pretending to be able to enforce the unenforceable. Let's not look at the past 40 years of these "for profit, designed to fail" immigration and drug enforcement policies and strategies.

Because as Einstein said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

I am a retired US Border Patrol/ICE agent and I blog under Victims Unite: twopesos.