Some time ago I posted something called "An Un-Muddled but Perhaps Addled Stand" on the subject of US relations with Mexico. In that piece I advocated separation of the issues of citizenship, ownership and residence in the relationships of the two countries. Reaction was mixed with some people on the left insisting that to even thnk of such arrangements was a confession of regression to colonialism. I thought that was nonsense then and do now. How can economic opportunity for the masses of Mexican people be imperialism?
The border and illegal immigration problems grow ever more severe. The US border states are growing increasingly desperate in their efforts to control the cross border effects of the rampant organized crime of the Mexican border states. Poverty is still driving armies of Mexicans and Central Americans across our southern border. We are fitfully building physical barriers, enlarging the Border Petrol and moving slowly, regretfully toward deployment of; first National guard troops and eventually, inevitably, federal troops to that border. At the same time, Americans who live in parts of the country where large numbers of Latino migrants, both legal and illegal exist, know that a very large majority of these people are hard working, decent, and family oriented folk who make an important contribution to the work force in many jobs that US born Americans no longer want. It seems unlikely that the US Congress will pass any law that can "solve" a problem of mass migration.
What to do?
Perhaps we should make the two countries into one. Perhaps the two governments should enter into negotiations for eventual merger.
One country with one citizenship? One country with one code of federal laws, one federal judiciary, merged armed forces, national police forces, corporate law, ownership standards, taxes, electoral laws, one constitution.
Why not? The two "peoples" are too different? That increasingly seems implausible. Racial differences? Religious differences? Educational differences? Who will stand up here to argue that?
Jonathan Swift suggested a "Modest Proposal" for the Irish Problem. He had no more expectation of the adoption of his proposal than I have of mine. My purpose is to have a freewheeling discussion of what can be done about the "Illegals Problem." pl