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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:13 PM

The Ironies of Illegal Immigration

Victor Davis Hanson
January 10, 2019


Mexico does not explain why its citizens wish to leave their birth country ó or why they are eager to enter a country ridiculed by the Mexican press and government.

Estimates suggest that there are eleven million to 13 million Mexican citizens currently living in the United States illegally. Millions more emigrated previously and are now U.S. citizens.
A recent poll revealed that one-third of Mexicans (34 percent) would like to emigrate to the United States. With Mexico having a population of about 130 million, that amounts to some 44 million would-be immigrants.

Such massive potential emigration into the United States makes no sense.

First, Mexico is a naturally rich country. It ranks 19th in the world in proven oil reserves and is currently the twelfth-largest oil producer. Mexico certainly has significantly more natural advantages than do far wealthier per capita Singapore, Taiwan, or Chile.

Mexico also is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and earns billions in foreign exchange from visitors. It enjoys a temperate climate, is rich in minerals, and has millions of acres of fertile farmland and a long coastline.

In addition to being strategically located as a bridge between North America and South America, Mexico has ports on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

It is not an overcrowded country: Mexico ranks in the lower half of the world in population density. Too many people and too little land are certainly not the reasons why millions of Mexicans either emigrate or wish to emigrate to the United States.

Second, popular progressive narratives in both Mexico and the United States cite America for all sorts of pathologies, past and present. The United States is often damned for prior colonialism and imperialism, as well as current racism and xenophobia.

Why, then, would millions of people south of the border leave their own homeland and potentially risk their lives to encounter a strange culture and language, to live in such a purportedly inhospitable place, and to adopt to an antithetical system based on supposedly toxic European and Protestant traditions?

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:58 PM

The problem with Mexico is that itís run by Mexicans.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:48 PM


Indeed, if the U.S. treated immigrants in the fashion that Mexico does, then Mexican citizens would probably never emigrate to the U.S.

Maybe we should start... escorting immigrants through our country to the northern border like the Mexicans do.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:12 PM


Mexico ó unlike, say, Japan or Switzerland, which are far less naturally endowed and yet far wealthier ó has never fully adopted Western paradigms of free-market economics, constitutionally protected free speech, due process, gender equity, private property rights, an autonomous press, government transparency, an independent judiciary, and religious diversity and tolerance.

In other words, it's a third-world s#!thole.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:30 PM

View PostCensport, on 11 January 2019 - 08:12 PM, said:

In other words, it's a third-world s#!thole.

EXACTLY! Karl Marx is the problem. Always has been always will be.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:00 PM

View PostNoclevermoniker, on 11 January 2019 - 05:58 PM, said:

The problem with Mexico is that itís run by Mexicans.
Given time so will we.

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