by Rod D. Martin
May 12, 2006
In today’s column, “Reverse Amnesty: Mexico’s Drug Legalization Cannot Go Unanswered”, I assert that if anything will get Washington’s attention regarding border security, Mexico’s new drug law is it.
Well, no sooner do I speak it than this crosses the wire: “MAY SWEEPS: BUSH PRIMETIME SPEECH ON IMMIGRATION. SOURCES: BUSH PLANS NATIONAL GUARD ON BORDER…”
So what no President has been willing to do, well, ever, happens within one week of the Mexican Congress becoming Public Enemy Number One in the war on drugs; and before that new law goes into effect.
Mexico is a horribly dysfunctional, dystopian hell. It needn’t be that way. But it always has been. And it can afford to prop up its horribly corrupt, vile elite decade after decade because it has the safety valve of America right on its border.
Well, immigration is wonderful, and I’m all for taking all the honest, hard-working Mexicans — or anyone else of like character — we can get. Our immigration quotas are ludicrously low, especially on science and technical people, and we’re idiots for not taking in all the smart industrious people we can. They will not “take our jobs”: they will create vast new wealth — American wealth — while taking strength from the lousy societies they left behind. It has been this way since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, and it will always be the same.
But illegal immigration — actively aided and abetted by a corrupt kleptocracy shooing away its best people so the rest won’t ask too many questions — is just crazy. We have to control our borders or the word “nation” loses its meaning. We also have to be able to say who comes in and who doesn’t: 9/11 taught us that. And so long as Mexico is broken (read, “horribly twisted and deformed”), we are all poorer and we are all faced with problems which just shouldn’t ever be.
Now Mexico has gone off the deep end, forcing George Bush’s hand. Let’s see how he plays it. But as of today, it’s looking a lot better indeed.