Illegal immigration is a pretty hot topic, especially here in Arizona. Nobody has taken a realistic approach to solving the problem. Here are a couple facts for you…
1) As of 2011, the richest man in the world is Mexican; Carlos Slim. According to Forbes Magazine, Mr Slim’s net worth is more than $74 billion dollars while Bill Gates and Warren Buffet only have a net worth around $53 billion dollars.
If the country is doing so well financially, why are there people risking their life to come to the Unites States illegally? It’s a pretty easy answer.
There isn’t much competition in Mexico. There’s one gas station, Pemex. There’s one land-line telephone company, Telmex. Cellular phones? Telcel. Guess who has major control over each of those. You can look it up; Carlos Slim’s wealth is the equivalent of roughly 5% of Mexico’s annual economic output.
Here’s another fact. It doesn’t matter if there’s a wall between Mexico and the US; they’ll get over it. Doesn’t matter if border patrol shot and killed illegal immigrants on sight. They will keep coming until there isn’t a reason to come anymore. The only way to solve the illegal immigration problem is to fix Mexico.
People in Mexico want to work because they need to feed their family. Unlike the United States, they can’t go on welfare or file for unemployment (two things I think the American Government needs to get rid of). If they could sit in Mexico and collect welfare and sell drugs like people here in the US do, why would they bother leaving?
These people come here to the US and are willing to risk their life jumping in the back of a strangers pick up truck for a few dollars. They are ready to work a million times harder than loser US citizens getting high in their apartment, collecting unemployment. I think Mexican folks deserve their shot here, legal or not.
The monopolies in Mexico need to be broken down. If there was room for competition, more people would be employed which means less people would want to come here. Think about how much money was spent by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan for a moment. Even if Iraq or Afghanistan become peaceful places and someone builds a Disney World there and puts a Starbucks on every corner… do you see yourself wanting to go visit? Seriously. And here, we have a neighbor that needs help and the US is just spending cash trying to “fix the problem” by keeping Mexicans in Mexico.
I guess what it boils down to is that government contractors are making a killing on the war in Iraq/Afghanistan. Is there anything profitable about helping Mexico? No. And I think that’s why the US isn’t doing anything.