Hundreds of migrants board ‘the Beast’ train in Mexico

in risky move to get closer to US border. What are your thoughts on this?

Throughout my life I have known and sat at a dinner table with the people we now call illegal immigrants. The people I knew were either family or very close family friends. Over the years they have been legal, illegal, then legal and now again, illegal.

My family came to the United States legally back around 1925 and my mother had her Green Card all her life. She never wanted to become an American citizen and I believe most of the “illegals” don’t come here to become citizens either. They come here to work.

But politicians are using these people as a political football instead of actually trying to solve the problem.

Consider this; I’m an American of Mexican descent. All but one of my aunts’ and uncles were born in Mexico. My mother, Uncles, two Aunt’s, Grandmother and all their friends I met were born in Mexico. I have always had a strong mental and emotional connection to Mexico. I own a home in Mexico today.

Years ago, the United States modified its position and allowed a work program called the Bracero Program (BP). For the record there were other programs that existed before the Bracero program.

From Wikipedia

“The Bracero Program (named for the Spanish term bracero, “strong-arm”) was a series of laws and diplomatic agreements, initiated by an August 1942 exchange of diplomatic notes between the United States and Mexico, for the importation of temporary contract laborers from Mexico to the United States.

American president Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Mexican president Manuel Ávila Camacho in Monterrey, Mexico to discuss Mexico as part of the Allies in World War II and the Bracero Program. After the expiration of the initial agreement in 1947, the program was continued in agriculture under a variety of laws and administrative agreements until its formal end in 1964.”

As with all things there were some consequences when they ended the Bracero program and Operation Wetback was put into action.

From Wikipedia

“Burgeoning numbers of Mexican migrants prompted President Dwight D. Eisenhower to appoint General Joseph Swing as INS Commissioner. According to Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr., Eisenhower had a sense of urgency about illegal immigration upon taking office. In a letter to Senator J. William Fulbright, Eisenhower quoted a report in The New York Times that said, “The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican ‘wetbacks’ to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government.”

[2] Operation Wetback in action

The effort began in California and Arizona in 1954 and coordinated 1,075 Border Patrol agents, along with state and local police agencies. Tactics employed included going house to house in Mexican-American neighborhoods and citizenship checks during standard traffic stops.

Some 750 agents targeted agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions per day. By the end of July, over 50,000 illegal aliens were caught in the two states. An estimated 488,000 illegal aliens are believed to have left voluntarily, for fear of being apprehended. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and the INS estimated that 500,000 to 700,000 had left Texas of their own accord. To discourage illicit re-entry, buses and trains took many deportees deep within Mexican territory before releasing them.

Tens of thousands more were deported by two chartered ships: the Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships ferried them from Port Isabel, Texas, to Veracruz, Mexico, more than 500 miles (800 km) to the south. Some were taken as far as 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Deportation by sea was ended after seven deportees jumped overboard from the Mercurio and drowned, provoking a mutiny that led to a public outcry in Mexico.

The end result is they still come to America with the same hopes they were offered when it was temporarily legal, if almost a half century can be called temporary, but they come here illegally out of necessity.

The problem with coming to America illegally places each illegal entrant in a position of having to live underground, outside the law and they become easy targets for those who use them for their own advantage.

They come here with the intent of making a bunch of money and either sending part of it home or returning to Mexico with an amount enough to give them a start at some kind of business or improve their living conditions. As it turns out, because they are illegal, it becomes very difficult for them to return home.

The primary reason individuals from Mexico don’t return to their homes is they dread the cost and suffering they put themselves through when they decide to come back to the USA. Paying Coyotes and crossing the desert, as many do, is a difficult task that has killed many who have tried. Once in the USA, in the beginning, they wish they could return to visit family and loved ones but the fear of the returning to the U.S.A. prevents them.

This situation takes its toll on Mexican men and the family who leave a wife and children behind. Unwilling to take the chance, they become alienated to their own families and begin to live a “single” life which often leads to a second family. Once that happens it becomes virtually impossible for them to return to their home country. Believe me, I’ve seen it happen all too often.

In the late 1940’s my grandmother moved to her first own home in another part of South-Central Los Angeles that my Uncle Danny bought for her, probably with his GI Bill. By the way, my Uncle Danny was a POW in Germany during World War Two.

It was a small two-bedroom house on a large lot. It also had a detached garage and another room attached to it. That room was used for various friends and relatives that would come from Mexico to work during the various picking seasons. It was probably the Bracero Program that allowed them to travel to and from Mexico without any hassles from the government.

It was a guest worker program that worked very well and I met many men during their stay with my grandmother. They usually were men in their late teens or early twenties who stayed with my grandmother for a short while during any number of years. They would stay a short while, find a job, and return to my grandmother’s home before returning to Mexico. They would stay in Mexico for a while and then come back to the U.S.; it was probably the picking season that determined how long they would stay here or back in Mexico. There were so many the back-garage room was usually occupied with someone.

I don’t remember any of them staying in the U.S. because their reason for coming was just to get enough money to go back to Mexico and start some kind of business, buy or build a home. Three of them I do remember, was a teenager named Memo, two others named Angel and Francisco were in their early twenties. All three returned to Mexico, started businesses and Francisco actually became one of the largest apple growers in northern Mexico.

When the Bracero Program ended, the need to make money and the hope of starting a business or building a home in Mexico, the problems that caused them to come to America didn’t go away.

The Mexican citizen that decided to still try and move his family up the ladder of prosperity did by committing two illegal acts. The first crime is leaving Mexico without the permission of the Mexican government. The second crime is entering the United States without the permission of the American government.

But one by one they came and now there are so many we have a giant legal and humane problem created by America’s inability to re-enact a simple guest worker program and understanding or accepting the fact that these people want to come here to work for a while, not to become citizens. They for the most part love their country and yearn to return home.

I’m not condoning the fact that they enter illegally, it just has become a fact of life for so many we must address the problem for their sake as well as ours. We can’t ignore it any longer and we can’t continue to make it the political football it has become.

When any human being becomes a “political football” it is due to the most corrupt and inhumane part of any society. It’s as bad as slave trading or child abuse as done in countries like Thailand and countries in Africa today. I emphasize, “As done today.”

So just how are the Mexican illegal immigrants a political football? At this point I will probably get both Democrats and Republicans mad at me, but here goes anyway.

Democrats are perceived as protectors of the illegal immigrants because by doing so they can lock up the “Latino” vote. Not the illegal’s vote, because by law they cannot vote, but the illegal’s friends and families that are here legally. The friends and family who are here legally want to get their “compadres” legalized any way they can.

Republicans are perceived as heartless and cruel because they want to ship ten to fifteen million human beings out of the country without thinking of the roots that have been established over decades. Even wanting them to “self deport” as Mitt Romney suggested during his run for president, which was about as dumb a statement I’ve ever heard.

They also don’t want to give illegals a path to citizenship which would certainly place the majority of them in the Democratic column when critical votes are needed to defeat the Democratic running for office. To the Dem’s chagrin I believe they should not be given a path to citizenship just as Mexico’s legal work program doesn’t allow a path to citizenship to American’s who enter Mexico under their program.

In fact, the Mexican program could be used as a model for an American work program and its common sense simplicity is what makes it work in Mexico. If you want to learn the Mexican law, I’ve written about it and you can ask me and I’ll post it here for you.

So, my contention is that both sides have been treating these human beings as objects for political gain on both sides of the aisle without trying to solve the human problem.

My plan will eliminate the political reasons on either side and treat the problem as a human problem while still not breaking the law.

The terms “immigrant” or “immigration” implies the primary reason these Mexican workers are coming to America is to become American citizens. I don’t believe that at all. While today that is the only golden goose they have, I believe they would cheer for a program that would allow them to work here and travel between Mexico and the United States as freely as a citizen without being a citizen, just as the Mexican FM3 program allows Americans free travel between Mexico and America. But they don’t give us anything free.

Any who would want to stay here after a ten-year period of paying taxes could then apply for a Green Card, but never be allowed citizenship. Just like Mexico’s program.

All we need to do is put in place a Work Program that would allow all that I’ve mentioned and I believe it would greatly improve the status of the Mexican who has a family in Mexico allowing him to visit his family as often as he wishes without fear of having to cross the desert and deal with Coyote’s. It would also allow him to live out in the open and not underground outside of the law.

It would allow us as Americans to still the opportunity to have our yards landscaped, our children cared for, our homes remodeled and the hundreds of other things the legalized Mexican worker brings to the table. We would need to allow a 1099 for domestic workers that would be tax deductible for anyone who hires a domestic worker.

It can be done.

Both Democrats and Republicans would have to give up any political issues that could be perceived by fixing the problem. And yes, we would still build the wall and stop giving them all free stuff. There are many other reasons for building the wall.

The caravans from Central America are a different story because they are planned and well financed invasions. Planned by the Socialist Communists of the world to purposely invade our country.

Mexico and Central America, unlike the USA did not place all the Indians on reservations ,so over the centuries there has been more interaction with the upper class Mexicans/Central Americans and the Indians. Mexico ans Central America are very class oriented countries and the lower class never mixes with the upper class. While it does have a small middle class that is growing it’s mostly upper and lower.

Take a look at the pictures of the top Mexican Administration and tell me how many look like those coming here illegally. They don’t because they are of the upper class.

Mexico and Central America, unlike the USA did not place all the Indians on reservations so over the centuries there has been more interaction with the White Mexicans and the Indians. Mexico is a very class oriented country and the lower class never mixes with the upper class. While it does have a small middle class that is growing it’s mostly upper and lower.

My friends in Mexico would never enter the USA illegally, they can all get approved Visa’s because they are property owners and have roots in Mexico.

Mexico and Central America, unlike the USA did not place all the Indians on reservations so over the centuries there has been more interaction with the White Mexicans and the Indians. Mexico is a very class oriented country and the lower class never mixes with the upper class. While it does have a small middle class that is growing it’s mostly upper and lower.

My friends in Mexico would never enter the USA illegally, they can all get approved Visa’s because they are property owners and have roots in Mexico.

My friends in Mexico would never enter the USA illegally, they can all get approved Visa’s because they are property owners and have roots in Mexico.

My wife was born In El Salvador and her family moved to Honduras as a result of extreme violence. Maybe it was a small war. Regardless my wife’s father was assassinated and a brother was saved by the bell when he was about to be shot at a checkpoint.

Two of her brothers and their wives were here a month ago for a two week vacation. They too would not come to the USA illegally and they are not upper class. They believe, along with my friends in Mexico the people coming here are mostly of the lower class and Indians.

We try to help support many in my wife’s family, but it will never be enough and I feel sorry for those who are so very poor. BUT, we can not lose sight that we are a sovereign nation and ruled by laws. There’s a legal way to get here and an illegal way. That translates into there’s a right way to get here and a wrong way.

They don’t have the money to take that kind of vacation, but they would never join a caravan. They told me they think the caravan people are mostly indigenous ones who are being paid and tricked.

That’s another conversation.

Believe it or not, our president is the first president who is actually trying to fix a problem that has been brewing since the Bracero program ended. All the other Republican and Democrats have just kicked the can down the road.