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The Real Answer to the Immigration Question

By Michael Reagan · Feb. 21, 2013

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.

Copyright ©2013 Michael Reagan

17 Comments

Patriot1775@patriott1775 in MD said:

But rather than do those things you state so eloquently in your article, barry will provide the names of American gun owners who live on or near the Mexican border. The Takers provide the socialists in America with the votes.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Tony in Texas said:

Total agreement. Mexico (South Texas) has so much going for it. It should be the resort destination for the entire world. Unfortunatly, eventully all the filth will follow the illegals that are here now and we will end up just like Mexico

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

All Odumbo and the Democrats see in illegal aliens are more votes for their idiot party. That is exactly why they will do nothing to control the border. A better solution to me would be pulling our troops out of all the different countries throughout the world and put them on the border in a 6 month rotation basis. Their orders would be to apprehend anyone crossing the border, immediatly escort them back across the border, and also have implicit orders to fire upon anyone who is armed and poses a threat. To hell with spending our tax dollars helping Mexico, let them get off their asses and help themselves.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

HP in Kalispell, MT said:

I suggest we declare war on Mexico, defeat it and make it the 58th state. We can then clean it up and build it into a manufacturing and tourism Mecca.

PS Either make Puerto Rico a state or get rid of it!

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Joe in Texas said:

What would help end corruption in Mexico is legalizing drugs here in the US. I'm still on the fence in regards to full legalization. However, I'm tired of my taxes paying for more prisons, prisoners, and prisoner health care for non-violent pot smokers and petty marijuana dealers.

Yes, drug pushers are violent criminals and should be locked up, probably due to the fact of a heavy black market. But I wonder how much less violence there would be in Mexico and the US inner cities if we didn't arrest for personal use.

Imagine how many billions per year we'd save in our budget fighting the drug war.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

America had its revolution, France had hers, so what is wrong with the Mexicans? Instead of throwing out the corrupt bums in the Mexican gummint, they flock illegally to America. NOT fair! We have enough sheeple here already.

Many Americans are getting ready for the next revolution, because Der Schwartzfuhrer polluting the White House is making our gummint as corrupt as Mexico's.

If we want to do something about Mexico, we should be rounding up the illegals crossing the border and training them as a military unit to invade their home country and overthrow their gummint. We have been wasting out time in Iraq and Afghanistan doing the same thing there. It would have a far better effect if we did this on our southern border. Give the illegals a reason to go home and an offer they can't refuse, so they will form an army and do some real improvement on their home country.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Michael, while I tend to agree with you on most issues, I differ greatly with your views on Mexico.
My wife and I have spent a significant amount of time in Mexico over the last 20 years, & can assure you that the corruption you speak of in Mexico does not even begin to hold a candle to the corruption that exists up here in the good 'ol U.S.A.!
Mexico indeed has its problems, but should never be compared to the United States. Our two cultures are vastly different, a fact in which Mexicans share a subdued but highly-valued pride.
After all these many years of our government having gone to such extreme lengths in determining what our citizens do or don't have a right to ingest into their own bodies, creating innumerable laws & enforcement bureaucracies dedicated to those ideals, and filling up our prisons at a rate far in excess of any other country in the world; how in the world could any rational human being not expect a poorer neighboring country from doing their damndnest to fill the market demand for those "illegal" goods "??
It serves no purpose whatsoever to rail against the drug violence in Mexico that the U.S. demand incites!
From having LIVED in Mexico, as opposed to "vacationing" there at some hotel beach, I can assure you that the "drug violence" that is assumed to be so prevalent down there is, in actuality, limited nearly 100% to those connected to the drug trade. VERY rarely are innocent civilians, either residents or tourists, ever hurt or killed. If you hear of any, you can rest assured that many of them are NOT as innocent as they may seem to appear.
I enjoy living near Mazatlan most winters, & can assure you that the primary reason behind the lack of cruise ships visiting Mazatlan these days is that the City of Mazatlan shot themselves in the foot by attempting to extract excessive taxes from the cruise lines choosing to dock there. Naturally, the cruise lines simply varied their iteneraries and skipped Mazatlan. (The city has since seen the error of its ways & made amends, so the ships are gradually returning).

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Your attitude toward Mexico is quite condecending, but is, unfortunately common among people here in the U.S. who consider Mexico to be just a dirt-poor, inferior country full of desperate people clamoring to leave. From my personal observation and experience, however, this seems only to be true in the areas close to the border itself.
Most of the Mexico I know has a very large, and growing, middle class and enjoys a much more stable economy than the mess ours is rapidly becoming.
Nearly all Mexicans WORK for a living. If they do not work, they do not survive. Somehow, I find that to be refreshing, & the Mexicans I know down there are surviving....& surviving well.
It's a common joke among those of us down there who hail from Canada or the U.S. to listen to the short-time visitors to Mexico complaining about one thing or another about how Mexico does something the "wrong" way, or about how they "should" be doing something differently......(usually referring to however it's done wherever they come from). The humor derives from the fact that there is always a valid reason for the way things are done down there, & when you live there long enough you understand perfectly why it is the way it is, and that you really wouldn't want it any other way!
At any rate, Michael, please try not to give folks the idea that mexico is more corrupt than the U.S.. It is not. In fact, in all truthfulness,...I have enjoyed more personal "freedom" in Mexico than anywhere else I have ever lived.
........De Oppresso Liber!........

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

Jim,

Why then do we have a mass migration of Mexicans to the US? Sixty percent of the migrants are from Mexico. It is estimated we have 11 to 20 million illegals, most of who are Mexican. Why do we have so many if we have less freedom and less work than Mexico and our government is more corrupt?

I am well aware the government in the US is very corrupt but I didn't think we had fallen as low as Mexico.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

RSSG in Michigan said:

You gotta be kidding Michael, about six millions illegal amigpos? The country is flooded iwth illegal latinos. There is probably 20 million here now and growing.

Deportation is the ONLY solution.

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

mobilebay in Texas said:

You said the right things as far as they went, Mr. Reagan. However, unlike your father, the President should add. "As of now, the United States is no longer the world's dumping ground. Therefore, you people must leave whether they've been here for five minutes or twenty-five years. There will also be a change in our citizenship laws. No more anchor babies. No more benefits if you are not legally in this country and no more hiring of illegal aliens. We will order everyone who isn't legal in this country to leave. The cost would be prohibitive since part of our debt has been due to the upkeep of your people. They must get home the same way they got here. If all illegals haven't left the country in thirty days, they will be arrested and there will be not one more penny to your country. In the future, we will gladly offer advice, but no more handouts. As Mr. Reagan stated, you have a wealthy country. Now, share it with your people. They are your responsibility, not ours. We have guest worker programs and they will be strictly enforced. If our laws are not adhered to, then the program will end for any country allowing their people to invade ours. Vaya con Dios."

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

levotb in Oakland, CA replied:

mobilebay, whatta terrific response! Mega dittos!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM

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Monday, February 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Russ G. in Boston, Ma said:

Gee, this is actually funny coming from the son of a man who signed the 1986 "First, Last, and Only" Amnesty into law! Yeah, that Ronnie Reagan was our Savior, all right! Hey, Michael, how 'bout admitting your old man made a huge mistake listening to Democrats like Teddy Kennedy!

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM

mobilebay in Texas replied:

Russ, I think the President did regret later than he had given amnesty to those here at the time. Of course, the number of illegal aliens has skyrocketed since then. We need a President who puts the welfare of his own people over that of those who laugh at our laws. I think Kris Kobach would be the one to end this madness if he ever ran for the office. We have so few that see the invasion for what it is ---only those of us who love our country.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:53 AM

levotb in Oakland, CA said:

America has NO business rebuilding Mexico even if Mexico wanted our help! Mexico refuses to keep its millions of illiterate poor from breaking into our country and in fact gives them pamphlets on "how" to break in and "where" to go once they've invaded the U.S. for welfare, etc. Patriots say "No thanks, Michael R.! Let's take care of OUR OWN and concentrate on removing the 40 to 60 million illegals in our midst.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

S. Williams in Round Rock, TX said:

Agreed, but Obama is nothing like Pres Reagan. Some continue to accept a defeatist attitude that building more fences is the answer when there are more tunnels than holes in our existing fences when the answer is and always has been an economic one as you state. The US offering freebies is an attractive magnet and yes Dems use it to secure votes, however, that wouldn't even be effective if Repubs weren't spewing hatred directed at hispanics escaping here to feed their families. Enrique Pena Nieto ran on a platform that included improving Mexico's economy and in re-branding their war against crime (drug cartels), not cutting deals with cartels but employing a more stealthy strategy that doesn't heighten the violence.

Illegal hispanic immigration should NOT be confused with the ability of terrorists to enter the US via Mexico. We should be monitoring every foot of our border with UAV's and other smart technology to stop those entering through tunnels and ports bringing biological or chemical agents or other weapons of mass destruction to the US in order to harm us. They aren't about to climb through or over fences and been seen if they want to be successful.

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM