Friday, December 20, 2013

Illegal Immigration And Reform: Washington's Gifts That Keeps On Giving - Priceless!

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Illegal Immigration And Reform:  Washington's Gift That Keeps On Giving - Priceless!

As a retired US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent, I wonder why Washington's conversations concerning immigration reform do not include the primary cause of illegal immigration:  poverty in the undocumenteds' home-countries.

One only needs to study our economic ties with Mexico to really see through Washington's illegal immigration rhetoric.  Check out how our own US Department of State raves about the 1.25 billion dollars a day in cross border trade "we" share with Mexico.

Let's backtrack a bit.  Reagan's 1986 Amnesty planted the seeds of today's Immigration "Reform" by pumping some 900 million dollars into his Pub. L 99-603 Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Section 111 contains the initial funding for this start-up recurring nightmare.  Some 2.7 million undocumented were legalized during Reagan's Amnesty.

Next comes the bi-national (US/Mexico) elite's 1994 NAFTA economic ties that bind.  Take a peek at what NAFTA did to the poor in Mexico which increased Mexican illegal immigration to the US.  In addition to NAFTA, I find perplexing that President Bill Clinton's NAFTA rhetoric promised the end of illegal immigration he simultaneously started border militarization with "Operation Gatekeeper". 

I think Clinton knew NAFTA would push record amounts of undocumented people into the US.  I also think he knew that like the war on drugs, the "border security" cash cow arm of the US Military Industrial Complex would bring in billions for government contractors while never effectively stopping the problem. 

I would go so far to say that Washington actually creates and condones not only Mexican poverty and Mexican legal drugs but Mexican illegal immigration too.

Check out Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue September 20, 2013 in Mexico.  Not one word about Mexico's US backed drug war or NAFTA related poverty/illegal immigration

And how does the US reward their drug war co-conspirator President Felipe Calderon?

Fast forward to the reality of 11.2 million undocumented of today  Scan the lengthy text of the Senate's S. 744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  Pay particular attention to Section 6 "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Funds:

$46,300,000,000 for initial border security funding and not one red cent or one word put towards the primary reason that the undocumented come to the US.

One might think that since Washington's immigration reform politicians' pour all of those taxpayers' dollars into fighting the major symptom of the problem (illegal immigration) rather than the cause of the problem (poverty) that they really do not want to solve the problem of illegal immigration.

40+ years for "War On Drugs", 20 years for NAFTA, and now Washington pushes "Immigration Reform" to legalize some 11.2 million undocumented for the starting price of 46.3 billion dollars.

Kind of puts whole new meanings to the phrase "the gift that keeps on giving" and the word "priceless" both of which should be applied to Mexican illegal immigration and Mexican drugs.   


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