Monday, July 21, 2014

Questions For All People Concerned With Illegal Immigration

In response:

Questions For All People Concerned With Illegal Immigration

First of all I didn't just fall off of the turnip tuck concerning illegal immigration.  I worked as a US Border Patrol/ICE agent for 26 years and I have studied this topic and the Mexican drug war for another 9 years in retirement.

I remember a couple of questions I had as young agent:  Why are we chasing people around like animals in the night when at least some of these same people are coming to pick our fruits and vegetables?   The second:  If our government really wants us to stop these people from coming in, why don't they give us the resources to effectively do our job?

Fast-forward to today and this is what I believe.  There are at least seven main reasons that illegal immigration continues to be a problem in the US today.  All have to do with economics and political gain.

Seven Reasons Why Illegal Immigration Continues To Be A Problem In The US Today

One:  Poverty created by the US and undocumenteds' home country elite 
Two:  A continual demand for undocumented labor in the US 
Three:  By-product of  US foreign trade policies (NAFTA/CAFTA) 
Four:  Billions of dollars in remittances sent back to the undocumenteds' home countries' economies  Five:  Ineffective interior and border security requiring billions in profit for US "border security"
Six:  Immigration politics molding an American mindset that does not address the root causes of, or  Washington's actual motivations for, illegal immigration
Seven:  US Foreign political and drug war policies that exacerbate violence and the other 6 reasons

I think we have to educate ourselves and not be willing to readily accept Washington's excuses for failed immigration.  We have to be willing to explore Washington's underlying economic motivations for continuing this decades-long, failed illegal immigration status quo.

The underlying causes of illegal immigration are not unlike Washington's underlying reasons for failed health care, poverty, failed wars, and failing systems of education, job growth, housing, and you know, fill in the blank.


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