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Monday, May 22, 2006

Mexico Struggles With Immigrant Problems

While the immigration issue in this the horrible, unaccepting United States of ours generally gets all the attention, Mexico has its own problems. In fact, Mexico has had to institute tough anti-immigration laws in order to keep the situation under control. It is easy to see how immigration could be such a problem for a country with a net migration rate of -4.32 (CIA Factbook), but many fear things have gone too far.

Foreign born people in Mexico make up roughly half a percent, that's right .5% of the population, while in the USA the figure is around 13%. These foreigners in Mexico are not allowed to hold public office, are unable to vote, and can be permanently deported for the crime of "getting involved in politics", a crime that ranges from helping a political campaign to becoming the Governor of California.

But it is no real surprise that the Mexican people distrust Americans, with our hippies, steroids, and shoes with heels that light up. But, who wouldn't want to go to a country where the water causes irritable bowel syndrome, and the citizens sneak into the bordering country to pick fruit, fillet fish, and dig holes?

Most people agree the US is overdue for immigration reform, and perhaps we should let Mexico be our guide. First, we would have to remove Arnold Schwarzenegger from office and castrate him with a sewing needle. Next we would have to place keen eyed citizens outside all the government buildings, in order to stop would be government affectors. Lastly, we would appoint large, burly athletes who routinely use steroids to guard the border. That way they could, kick, throw, or hurl immigrants back into their own country. After all, if it's good enough for Mexico, it's good enough for...wait a minute, what the hell am I saying.

So go, enjoy Mexico and their gladiator like immigration obstacles. Trust me, the language in which they sing the National Anthem will be the least of your worries.


Wren said...

Hmmm, I wonder why immigration is such a big problem lately. Could it be the American people are being distracted yet again as though they were sheep from other issues certain parties wish we'd quit honing in on again? Nahhh (or should that be bahhhh?)

Plus, do we really want to blow our own leaves? I think not.

(PS A Mexican beach vacation, sounds like heaven right now, sigh.)

Mankind said...

I don't think we are sheep, I think it is something that we have all bitched and moaned about for years but there has been no real action on it. No, I don't like pressinf 1 for English, but that doesn't bother me. Hell, it a customer service. HOWEVER, when I walk into a McDonalds or Burger King and English isn't even one of the options then all hell breaks loose. I, admittedly at 2 o'clock in the morning, went to Krystals and spoke to not 1, not 2, but 3 non-English speaking mothertruckers, all because I was a touch intoxicated and wanted know why I couldn't get a milkshake. None of them knew what in the hell I was talking about. Oh, I was sober in a big frickin hurry. Sorry..... I've rambled.

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