Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ignorance and/or Brainwashing Drive Many Americans' Opinions About Mexican Illegal Immigration

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Ignorance and/or Brainwashing Drive Many Americans' Opinions About Mexican Illegal Immigration

I am not talking about stupidity.  I am saying many Americans lack information or have been  purposefully misinformed about illegal immigration.  I say that knowing that even thou I worked as a US Border Patrol Agent, I was in the same boat too. 

Unfortunately many Americans do not have or take the time to educate themselves about the abusive, profit-driven system that keeps illegal immigration in place. 

I have taken the time.  Here is what I have found:   if the zapato fits wear it.

Signs one is ignorant or does not fully understand our profit-driven system of illegal immigration: 

If you find it so easy to blame one political party or the other, the Federal Government, the undocumented, American anti-immigrants, etc., or any combination of the above, you do not fully understand the system. 

If you buy into their "deport them all", "secure the border", "E-verify", "fine all the employers", "reform immigration" rhetoric (or any combination of the above) as a fix to illegal immigration, you do not fully understand the system.

Signs one is on the right track to understanding the profit-driven system: 

If you know about Reagan's Amnesty and Clinton's NAFTA and wonder why these two programs did not effectively stop illegal immigration as promised, you are on the right track.

If you know that Clinton's NAFTA brought WalMart to Mexico, destroyed small Mexican corn farms, exported American jobs, and pushed more undocumented people into the US than ever before, you are on the right track.

If you wonder why the US and Mexico share 1.25 billion dollars a day in cross border trade yet Mexico's poverty rate is at 50%  and Mexico's US undocumented rate is at 62%, you are on the right track.

If you wonder why Washington supports the ongoing 2006 Mexican drug war yet you seldom if ever hear about the 120,000 people who have been slaughtered since then, you are on the right track.

If you wonder why the US Government pays Border Patrol Agents to chase human beings around like animals in the night (especially when some of those human beings are coming to pick our fruits and vegetables) you are on the right track. 

If you know Mexico is our number two source of oil you are on the right track.

If you have had it with the undocumented overcrowding US emergency rooms, taking US jobs, and bringing unfair demographic changes to your hometown, you are in the right track. 

If you know that the US has institutionalized the War on Drugs, and Mexico's War On Drugs is but another chapter in our 40+ year-long boondoggle,  you are on the right track.

If you know that Bill Clinton (yes that same NAFTA Bill Clinton) and wealthy Greek Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos supported Harvard University in awarding Ex-Mexican 120,000 Drug War Dead President Felipe Calderon Harvard's' 2012 First Angelopoulos Global Leader Award and lucrative fellowship, you are really on the right track.

We all need to get on the right track about how these bi-national profiteers create and profit from Mexican poverty, Mexican illegal immigration, US/Mexico trade, the US/Mexico Drug War, US Immigration Reform, US Border Militarization, US privatized immigration prisons, institutionalized  US deportations of Mexican undocumented, and ignorance and/or brainwashing that drives many Americans' opinions about Mexican illegal immigration. 

By the way, I have been accused of being bigoted toward Mexico.  I am bigoted towards the corrupt, cartel run Mexican government and the corrupt corporate-run US government.  I actually love the regular, everyday wonderful people of both nations. 

I also have been criticized for continually speaking of insidious US/Mexico economic relations and foreign policies.

I am convinced that (in different degrees) the relationships of the profiteering US elite and the profiteering elite from other US undocumenteds' home-countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Columbia etc.) are not different in kind, just degree.

After 26 years I retired from the US Border Patrol/INS/ICE investigations and have studied Mexican illegal immigration and the Mexican Drug War since 2006.


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