In an address to the Mexican nation last fall, President Felipe Calderon established what I will call the Calderon Doctrine: “I have said that Mexico does not stop at its border, that wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico. And, for this reason, the government action on behalf of our countrymen is guided by principles, for the defense and protection of their rights.”
President Calderon has said the flow of illegal workers to the United States would not stop, saying the two countries needed to work together to solve the problem.
Let me see how this whole working together thing works out…
Mexicans living in the United States send home $23 billion annually. (That, by the way, is the second largest industry in Mexico behind oil!) Okay, that’s what they get, in addition to the fact that they don’t have to worry about providing jobs, health care, education or housing for these people.
Americans get longer lines at hospital emergency rooms (those that haven’t been forced to close due to the costs of care for uninsured illegals), demands that schools be tolerant of the needs of students whose first language is not English, fewer jobs, higher crime. Sure, that sounds like a good deal, right? Not so much.
I would suggest that the U.S. government, in the spirit of the cooperation that President Calderon wants us to share, compile a list of the increased costs of the immigrants on the already strained budgets of the federal government and the states…and send President Calderon a detailed bill for services rendered!
I realize our government won’t do such an outlandish thing and, if they did, there is not a snowballs chance in Mexico City that we would collect.
What I think, however, is that the American people would simply love the idea. They would know it would be a futile gesture, but it would make us feel better knowing that we aren’t just being verbally abused all the time while being raped by our joint border policies.