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Are Americans The Real Problem With Immigration?
CNN columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. has yet another provocative column online. This one concludes that Americans will never be able to find a solution to immigration concerns because Americans are the problem.
His basic premise is that as long as Americans are addicted to illegal immigrant labor, we shouldn't complain about illegal aliens coming to America. Here are excerpts from the article:
I'm a Mexican-American. In fact, I never feel more American than when I am in Mexico -- a country with rich and poor and little in between, with too much corruption and too little opportunity.
Tijuana is an exception. It's buzzing. According to Baja Gov. Eugenio Elorduy Walther, the unemployment rate is a measly 0.8 percent. Moreover, he said, the city retains as much as 70 percent of the people who migrate here from other parts of Mexico with the intent of crossing the border.
Did you catch that? To curb illegal immigration into the United States, root for the economies of Mexican border cities. If more people stayed there, fewer would come here.
Don't expect the dim bulbs in Congress to figure this out. The only thing members could agree to do last year was approve a fraction of the funding to build 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border state governors were disgusted. Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas called the fence "ridiculous" and provocative toward Mexico. And yet, there are Americans who love the idea of a fence along the border. For them, such a barrier must seem impassable and impenetrable.
Recently, after a speech in San Diego, a woman presented me with her own solution: A high-speed rail connecting Tijuana with Southern California. That way, she said, people could work in the United States during the day and be home in Mexico before sunset.
I love the idea. Not because it's any good but because it illustrates better than 1,000 columns the schizophrenic way in which many Americans complain about illegal immigrants even as we feed our addiction to illegal immigrant labor.
It also shows why Americans will never be able to find the solution -- because we're the problem.
From Immigration-Law-Answers-Blog posted 2007-01-29.