|When Pigs Fly (across the border)
||[Apr. 27th, 2009|05:32 pm]
I'm not a hardline person when it comes to illegal immigration. I can imagine the temptation of living somewhere crappy and knowing that all you had to do to double or maybe triple your income is sneak somewhere 10-20 miles away, work hard, and keep your head down. If where you lived was seriously crappy and next door held the promise of a better life for you and your family wouldn't you be tempted?|
That being said, I think we're going to see a massive backlash from our migrant worker friends south of the border, and it's for a legitimate problem. If the swine flu gets more serious than it is right now people are going to want a scapegoat, and it's going to be our porous southern border. It's exposed a weakness in the US that the world is going to look at. If anyone did want to launch a biological attack on us, they now have a model that Homeland Security has had and is going to have a serious problem preventing. Swine Flu proves that if you want to infect the US, hit Mexico and let the Mexicans do the work of spreading it through the border. I don't know how hard it is to get into Mexico, but from what I understand the migration that the US experiences from Mexico includes people who travel from Central and even sometimes South America. So we can put up all the port and airport security we'd like, but unless we secure our southern border all someone who wants to get to us has to do is break into Mexico or some other underfunded, corrupt Central American nation. I think this legitimizes calls to block off the south and between the Swine Flu and the Drug Wars going on down there if things get worse it's going to be a bad time to be Hispanic with any sort of accent much like it was a bad time to be an Arab or Persian or Indian after 9/11. Let's face it, America can't tell the difference between a Mexican and Colombian and Venezuelan so they're all gonna get it.