Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Costs And Consequences of The US and Mexican Elite's Border Games Businesses

In response:

Didn't the US GOV just report that illegal immigration arrests on the border are down 40%?

Let the border games begin (anew).

As a retired US Border Patrol/ICE agent, I say from my experience that Trump's wall ultimately will prove to be ineffective in stopping hungry people from getting into the US.

And why are the actual causes of illegal immigration NEVER included in Washington's border narratives? Those causes are poverty and profit. Poverty in Mexico and other countries that incentivize people crossing illegally. The 1% in the US will still profit off of cheap illegal labor and the 1% in Mexico will still profit from billions in remittances annually being pumped back into the Mexican economy.

Then there is the billions in profit for the border enforcement arm of the US Military Industrial Complex. Fences, agents, prisons, courts, judges, guns, vehicles, aircraft, drones, munitions, etc. Don't forget our 40 year long failed drug war and the one trillion dollar price tag that has cost US taxpayers.

Americans are generally unware of the horrendous narco murders, civil rights violations, poverty, and systemic corruption (police, military, judicial, political) that has been normalized in Mexico. Washington turns a blind eye and remains mum to its corrupt, drug cartel run NAFTA trading partner as long as trade benefits the rich on both sides.

Have you ever heard one US or Mexican politician ever suggest that the two governments meet to discuss how Mexico might care for its poor so that they do not have to risk their lives to come here illegally? Do you know about the wealth disparity in Mexico? How might the 6 million or so of Mexico's undocumented people here now being invited to return home with some minimal guarantees of wages that could put food on their families tables in Mexico?

It is not in either government's narratives because there is simply too much profit being made on both sides to effectively change the status quo.

As we see the pendulum swing now some Washington politicians will make a career out of being tough on enforcement or liberal about legalization. Yet if you study this problem you will see that Trump's insanity is the same wheel of injustice turning that has been turning for forty years or more.

Meanwhile, the undocumented poor and the US middle class suffer all of the costs and consequences of the bi-national elite's enrichment. And some undocumented will die crossing the border as will some Americans die from the hands of criminal illegal aliens. These deaths are simply the costs of the bi-national elite doing their insidious, for-profit border games businesses.    


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