"The immigrant demonstrators who flooded the streets of America’s cities Monday ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers to complete an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, while raising Republicans’ frustration with President Bush for what they see as a muddled stand on the issue." Weisman
I have decided to venture into untested waters (for me.) I suppose that Mr. Weisman is the "child of immigrants." Me too, partly. On the basis of my Tiger Woods like patrimony of French/Scottish/Irish/Huron/German genes I refuse to be anything in particular other than difficult. Us Hurons reserve the right to say who has the right to be here.
The immigration thing is vaguely unsettling. I do not think there are many citizens in this country who advocate shipping the illegal aliens – There, I Said IT- back to bongo-land or lower Oaxaca, whichever they came from, but there are a good many of us who do object to said "undocumented workers," BS! They are ILLEGAL ALIENS!! telling us that they are citizens of the world or the Americas and therefore not only have as much right to be here as we citizens (including Hurons) and that there should be no borders at all.
Wait a minute! That might be a good thing. Tell you what. As an experiment in the abolition of the state system in world organization, let’s open the border with Mexico completely to all economic and residential activity.
Under this scheme, Mexicans could come live in the US, work here, own whatever they please (and can pay for) but they could not become citizens entitled to a vote unless they go through the process of legal immigration and naturalization under our laws complete with application for an immigrant visa, a Green Card and the ability to tell the judge who Millard Fillmore was and what the 13th Amendment meant. We would also change our rules so that the children of non-citizen resident workers would not automatically be US persons. Happy? Arriba Mexico!
In return we Gringos and associated US Citizens would have the identical rights in Mexico. We could live there as often and for as long as we want. We could own any property, business, mines, railroads, utilities, petroleum deposits and extraction facilities that we can pay for. We would have the right to re-patriate 100% of our profits and pay the same taxes as Mexican citizens. In other words, we would shortly largely own the economy of Mexico as we did before the Mexican Revolution and the forced nationalizations of the barefoot Marxists "ripped us off."
No? Why not? Fair is fair. Turn about is fair play. I would love this. I speak Spanish, love Mexican food and art and would buy a hacienda by the sea where the Mariachi guys could sing "La Paloma" and "Nosotros" in the evenings on the patio.
What a good deal this would be for everyone.