Sunday, February 24, 2008

Height of hypocrisy

The Mexican-American border dispute has reached a new height of hypocrisy. Arizona passed a law, that took effect on the New Year, which punishes employers who knowingly hire workers without valid legal documents to work in the US. In response, a delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson saying that Arizona's new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.

For Mexican officials to point their fingers across the border without acknowledging their own responsibility in this economic situation is not only hypocritical but also arrogant. Their first duty is to create an economic infrastructure in Mexico which would give the Mexican people a decent standard of living. But Mexico, as my friend so aptly put it, is a kleptocratic oligarchy. That would mean the Mexican elite would have to stop hoarding all of Mexico's vast wealth for themselves and invest it instead in their people and their country's future. If they did that, the Mexican people would not want to come to the US in the first place.

America owes the same duty to her people that Mexico owes to hers. That includes maximizing the opportunity of employment for American people. Arizona's move could only serve to reduce the rate of unemployment in the state. The Arizona people should be proud of this legislation, regardless of Mexico's response.

1 comment:

Tinkokeshi said...

Oh. So this is why some of the teachers who have been working in our district for quite a few years were asked to provide legal documentation stating that they were U.S. citizens. There were quite a few of them who were irked and insulted that they would be asked to provide proof. I guess the newer hires were required to provide this information when they applied for the jobs.


I like it! I have nothing against immigrants, but even in the educational system the illegal immigrant students can pose quite a bit of a problem in that they show up and register, their attendance is shoddy at best since they take all the vacations (and extra days) and go visit family back in Mexico, and return after having taken extra days off with the excuse that "I was in Mexico." That's great that they are keeping in touch, but then they return and are behind in the coursework, fail out, and then become behavioral problems the remainder of the year or the next year.

Most of them don't really want to be here anyway! *sigh*