Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Washington, Mexico and US Immigration Reform

In response:

As Washington scrambles to reform immigration the issue that concerns Americans most is the part about 11 or so million undocumented people "hiding in the shadows".

Current PEW research studies indicate that roughly 50% of those 11 million undocumented people are from Mexico. One would think that our Senators would address the fact that about one half of our current undocumented population, approximately some 5.5 million people, are from Mexico.

Yet Washington remains eerily silent about this fact and anything that Washington shuts up about should be of concern to us all.

Will Washington admit that the largest influx of undocumented to the US (including Mexicans) came after the passage of Clinton's NAFTA in 1994? Why would a free trade agreement that must be benefitting someone actually cause the largest influx ever of undocumented people to come to the US (from some 3 million in the mid 1990's to the 11 million or so today)?

You know I don't hear them say much about these facts either:  NAFTA ruined small corn farmers in Mexico and many small Mexican businesses were lost to no other than US Wal-Mart.

So why should we trust Washington's immigration reform today after they created NAFTA which actually nearly quadrupled our population of undocumented?

Today the US and Mexico share 1.25 billion dollars a day in cross border trade which clearly does not benefit the Mexican poor who still try to come here.


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