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The Real Answer to the Immigration Question ^ | February 21, 2013 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 02/21/2013 3:28:45 PM PST by Kaslin

America has almost 12 million illegal immigrants.

Many of them came here on visas and never left.

But about 60 percent of them walked in from just one country -- Mexico.

Though the stalled Obama Economy has caused about 900,000 to go home since 2007, there are still about 6 million Mexicans living in the United States who've sneaked across our borders.

Everyone from Marco Rubio to John McCain and our golfer in chief are trying to figure out how to deal with the illegal immigrants we have already and prevent future waves of Mexican migrants.

But no one seems to be talking about why so many Mexicans risk so much -- including their lives -- to break into America.

What is it that makes so many of them leave their families and children behind and travel - often on foot -- to seek economic opportunity in the USA?

I've been to Mexico on business and on vacations. It's a beautiful country, rich with oil, gas and other natural resources. It's blessed with 114 million good and hardworking people.

Mexico has everything it needs to be a First World country. But it's cursed.

Its government is corrupt and inept -- and always has been. Now its federal government is a running joke. Its unable -- and unwilling -- to stop illegal drugs or people from crossing into the USA.

Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places in the world. Deadly criminal cartels effectively control the U.S.-Mexican border, trafficking in drugs and humans. Drug violence is so widespread that some cruise ships no longer visit Mexico's Gold Coast.

No wonder so many Mexicans come north to a country where good jobs are plentiful, the wages are high and the streets are safe. If I were a Mexican, I'd be leaving too.

Yes, as Republicans say, it's time to protect our borders better. Yes, it's time to come up with realistic ways to deal with the illegal immigrants we already have living among us.

But it's also time for one of our so-called political leaders to ratchet up the rhetoric and pull a Ronald Reagan.

When the Soviet Empire still controlled half of the world, my father stood near the Berlin Wall in 1987 and famously told Mr. Gorbachev that if he was really for peace, prosperity and liberalization, he should "Tear down this wall!"

It was a bold and masterful political move that showed the whole world that Ronald Reagan and the United States stood steadfastly on the side of freedom in the waning days of the Cold War.

One of our most important wars today -- and one we clearly are not winning -- is the drug war on our southern border.

What we need now is for President Obama to skip the back nine at the Floridian, go down to our border with Mexico and deliver a message to Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.

"Senor Nieto," our part-time president should say, "End the corruption. Crush the drug cartels. Make Mexico a peaceful and safe society. Free your economy from the shackles of socialism so your citizens can go back home to prosper."

President Obama also should declare to the world the United States is ready to do everything it can to help Mexico become a land of freedom and opportunity, not a land of fear and corruption.

Turning Mexico into a better place for its citizens to live and work -- a place more like Canada, for example -- would also do a lot to solve our future immigration problems.

Mexicans would stay home. And we wouldn't need an army of border control agents and a 20-foot fence protecting our southern border any more than we need them on our northern border to protect us from illegal Canadians.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aliens; cartels; drugcartels; drugs; drugwar; immigration; michaelreagan; reform; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd

1 posted on 02/21/2013 3:28:53 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Free your economy from the shackles of socialism so your citizens can... prosper.

Michael Reagan doesn't understand that, Obama's goal is for more socialism, and that, all other socialist governments represent a model for Obama.

Obama can't lecture the Mexicans if he is leading the U.S. in the same direction as Mexico.
2 posted on 02/21/2013 3:40:12 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: Kaslin

Annex Mexico and open it up to European settlement.

3 posted on 02/21/2013 3:48:33 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: Kaslin

Do those things and illegal aliens will deport themselves at their own expense.

4 posted on 02/21/2013 3:56:19 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh, Kaslin! Michael Reagan has stepped on his own crank with this poorly researched article.

Mexico’s Cristero War (1926-1929; see Wikipedia) resulted in many Roman Catholic Mexicans fleeing perscution by an anti-Catholic government promoting atheism of President Calle (a Marxist, though Wikipedia refuses to label him as such) keen on land redistribution and ‘social justice’. It was a combination of the Untied States government and the Knights of Columbus who helped negotiate a peace in Mexico and stop the slaugther of Christians.

(My mother’s best friend was originally from Mexico, where her father was murdered during this war and her widowed mother fled to California; they never returned to Mexico, even to visit.)

During WWII there was a labor shortage and Mexican guest workers were allowed into the USA. After the war, huge numbers of Mexicans refused to return to Mexico, and Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower deported millions of Mexican citizens. Millions more returned home voluntarily as they were denied employment in the US.

The illegal alien problem now is political. The Democratic Party wants new voters, and the Republican Party wants cheap exploitable labor. Neither party gives a damn about the rights of citizens or guest workers.

BHO2 has deported illegal aliens from China, Israel, Poland, and other nations, but few from reagions such as Africa, Mexico, Central America and South America. He is a racist, pure and simple.

There is nothing wrong with our immigration laws that stringent enforcement wouldn’t correct. We, the citizens of this nation, have the Constitutional authority to decide who is and isn’t permitted to enter our country.

Michaeal Reagan’s espousal of open borders is tantamount to national suicide IMO. The USA, Canada, and Mexico have a long way to go before a North American Union can become a reality. The majority of citizens in all three nations are opposed to the idea. People like Reagan want to cram it down our throats in a very unAmerican manner.

5 posted on 02/21/2013 4:31:51 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: adorno

I have long advocated that we simply place Mexico off-limits to U.S. citizens, much as we did with Cuba. That may not seem to make sense, but Mexico derives far more money from, and far more people are employed by, tourism, primarily from the U.S. Choke that off and it won’t be long before Mexico gets serious about border security.

6 posted on 02/21/2013 4:34:20 PM PST by Hootowl
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To: Kaslin

It is a simple issue:

Either we are a nation of laws or we are not a nation of laws.

Enforce our laws and end the “Cult Of Personality” that has swept the nation.

Obama is the “Golden Calf” of the 21st Century.

The America we know and love will disappear if this insane idolization of an incompetent president and his promotion of law breakers is not stopped.

7 posted on 02/21/2013 4:53:43 PM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: Kaslin
America has almost 12 million illegal immigrants.

Many of them came here on visas and never left.

But about 60 percent of them walked in from just one

country -- Mexico

Mike, when you start off with facyually incorrect information, your ctredibility kind of goes in the crapper.

The actual number of illegals in America is closer to 24 million, than 12. And, most of them didn't overstay their visas, most of them walked across from Mexio via the joke of a border we have with that nation.

A drive through western Europe will help most Americans understand how the Europeans avoid the same kinds of problems we have with our southern (bad) neighbor!

8 posted on 02/21/2013 4:55:39 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Mike Darancette

We owned Mexico once. We made a mistake giving it back.

Sep 13, 1847 Winfield Scott completed the conquest of Mexico.

At that time he is reported to have said, “Brave rifles! Veterans! You have been baptized in fire and blood and have come out steel!”

9 posted on 02/21/2013 6:25:41 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Kaslin
Crush the drug cartels.

Pipe dream - our War on Drugs leads to cartels having more resources than the government. Cartels will be crushed only through the same means that Prohibition rumrunners were crushed: legalization.

10 posted on 02/22/2013 10:17:46 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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