Lot of fuss over the recent Arizona Immigration Law. I support it. Some don’t. But let me explain why not supporting it is not in the best interest of immigrants.
Life in Central and South America is certainly anything but a trip to Disneyland for most of the population. Further, you probably have surmised, from previous posts, that since my goal is always to reduce suffering, the suffering caused by deporting this group of people who are often simply seeking a better life, is uncalled for and should be stopped. However, you’re probably also thinking of the economic costs from border patrol, identify theft, influx of criminal activity, and social services is simply too much of a burden for the American people to have to deal with. All these are valid points, however they are all irrelevant because they mostly take only a short-term look at the problem.
The long-term view needs to look for a way that both the countries of Latin America and the United States can benefit. Now with the refugees from most third world nations, there presently is not way of fixing those countries’ problem right now. North Korea is not going to be fixed whether one freedom fighter stays or leaves, the problems are just too deep. However, most of Latin America’s problems while large, are not insurmountable. For the sake of argument I’m simply going to use Mexico as my preferred example for the rest of this section. What are Mexico’s biggest problems? Corruption, lack of economic opportunity, crime. Now most of Mexico’s crime problems are related to the drug cartels, not going to be solved in one easy step, but if economic opportunity goes up and corruption goes down then the cartels will be less of an issues. As for lack of economic opportunity, I’m sure a good portion of international corporations would love to invest in Mexico for labor cheaper than US workers, but your current average Mexican salary isn’t that low if you consider all that government interference and corruption. So that leaves corruption. Now unfortunately this problem will not ever be solved as the Mexican citizens most driven to find a better life have the option of seeking a better life in the US by coming in illegally.
The current system of allowing illegal immigration in America takes some of Mexico’s most driven people and relegates them to pseudo-slave class in America. Yes, I am saying that if you are arguing to let illegal aliens stay you are arguing for a slave class. Make no mistake I’m calling you a racist. Sadly, for those of you opposed to closing the borders, we got rid of the Confederacy and what it stood for about a hundred and fifty years ago. Am I calling you a racist because it’s the fun new insult for everyone in political debate, I’m saying it because to accept the current system is to suggest that people from Latin America somehow can’t have a working democratic-capitalist system, which anyone can given enough work and support from surround countries (support which we’re not giving right now). Arguing for illegal immigrants right to be abused is not exactly arguing for their best interests–it’s arguing for your cheap head of lettuce and cheaper bill for staying at the hotel, as they won’t have to pass on the minimum wage cleaning costs onto you. If the borders were secured and closed it would have negative effects on both economies, but lets not look at the immediate effects to the US or Mexican economy, because those become irrelevant in the long run. In the long run, with nowhere to go but to fix their own country, with not imposing a constant brain and labor drain on Mexico, the populace of the country would be forced to solve it’s problem, forced to become a more just, more efficient, and probably a more capitalistic country. The end result being two countries with economic and political prosperity, instead of one leaching off the other for its slave class. Are lettuce prices going to go up somewhat? Yeah, but cheap lettuce is a bad argument for the perpetuation of a slave class. Is there going to be emotional suffering in the initial stages of deporting this large population of people who are reasonably trying to seek a better life? Yes. But the suffering of a few million people now with the result of the entire population of the country being prosperous and successful for generations to come somehow does not balance out the suffering imposed on the same populace by perpetually keeping them at the lowest rung of the population economically—by letting them be in the US while we let them suffer in poverty. Long term the only just answer is to close the borders and help Mexico solve its problems.
Now once the borders are closed and secure, I’m not saying there cannot be any kind of worker program, but such a program must be predicated on either short-term work only (say you can only come over for three years and not bring family, thus keeping your long term allegiance to Mexico and working to see Mexico improve itself) or must be predicated on becoming American citizens (this way you could bring family over). This lack of loyalty to either country that the current system perpetuates is destructive to both nations in the long run, because the people involved feel no need to work for the betterment of either society, and thus leads to the decay of both.
But the fact of the matter the only way to solve the legal immigration is if we remove the option of illegal immigration. I’d like to say that Americans are willing to solve problems before they are forced to, but sadly that just isn’t the American way. Until illegal immigration is stopped, legal immigration won’t be reformed.
Now is the new law harsh. Yes. But I don’t see any other way than closing the border that will A. End the slave class and B. Bring Mexico up to first-world status and stability. Now if you have a better way that will work (because Americans don’t solve things until they have no other choice) please tell me. But, don’t say that not actually acting and hoping for reform that won’t come (remember the Moron-in-Chief has put immigration reform off for another year…probably a good thing as he would only come up with “reform” that would only perpetuate the slave class) is a plan. It’s not. It’ merely perpetuating the problem.