Friday, May 10, 2013

The 800 Pound Gorilla of Poverty (GOP) - The True Cause of Illegal Immigration

I find it pretty disturbing to watch our Senators at the border security segment of their immigration reform hearings on C-SPAN. These Senators with their hell-bent, myopic stance on border security ignore the proverbial 800 pound gorilla sitting in their hearing room.

You know that gorilla holding that 6'X4' sign with the word "POVERTY" written in English on one side and "POBREZA" written in Spanish on the other side?

Poverty - specifically home-country poverty - or even more specifically Mexican poverty - the root cause of our Mexican illegal immigration - seems to be a taboo subject for these senators' minds and hearings.

I find it amazing that we share with Mexico (make that the bi-national US/Mexican elite share) 1.25 billion dollars a day in NAFTA cross border trade, yet we have to build border war-zone fencing to keep their citizens from coming here for a better life?

This hideous Gorilla of Poverty (GOP - pardon the PUN) sits there sewn together like a multi-national Frankenstein: body parts primarily from the Mexican poor, the Central American poor and from poor American taxpayers.

This same hideous 800 pound "GOP" who sat there ignored and shunned during the Reagan Administration's  mid-1980's Amnesty hearings and the Clinton Administration's early 1990's NAFTA hearings.

These senators pretend that smelly old gorilla is not there - as if they faced him they would have to face their own culpability in ignoring the cause of illegal immigration to the US.  They would have to fess up to how they profit from the backs of undocumented laborers while sending all of the costs and consequences to the US taxpayers. 

They would have to admit their own responsibility for the decades-long proliferation of profit for the US Border Security Industrial Complex and other US corporations who use undocumented laborers. 

US illegal immigration problems will never be solved until this Gang of 8 (or their clones down the road) scrap their own greedy, profiteering ways and admit US economic culpability in the creation of our own insidious illegal immigration nightmares.    

Otherwise Dear Senators keep up the charade as the good people of Mexico and other NAFTA/CAFTA/TPP stricken countries AND American taxpayers pay the price of your lies and greed.  

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