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Bridging the Mexican-American border
by Larry Wilson
May 03, 2010 | 932 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1070, which gives law enforcement officers in the state of Arizona the right to question the immigration status of an individual. Minority groups around the country have been up in arms about the passage of this bill ever since stating that it is discriminatory and racial profiling and that its passage violates their Constitutional rights. Police officials have stated that profiling is one of the best tools they have in ferreting out criminals. They also argue that the measure doesn’t mean they are turning to Gestapo-style methods to detain these illegal individuals. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and looks like a duck, maybe it is truly a duck.Works for me.

If a person is in the United States illegally, they have no rights under the Constitution as they are illegal. If we were to go to Mexico, let’s say, and we were not there legally, we would be either put in jail or deported or both. We would not have any more legal rights there than illegals from Mexico have here and we shouldn’t expect anything more.

As it is in the United States now, many illegals cause crime, tax social services, put a drain on medical care and fill classrooms throughout the country. Just this past week, an Arizona rancher who had befriended the illegals by giving them food and water as they fled into the United States was shot down on his own ranch by what is thought to be drug smugglers from Mexico. Most gang members in the West are Hispanic and they cause no end of problems for law enforcement and society in general with their illegal activities.

In Reno, when a child comes to a school to enroll, it is against the law to ask for his or her legal status as an immigrant. English as a Second Language services are offered to these students to help them learn English so as to better their chances of success in public schools. Most of these children qualify for free lunch in the school’s lunch program and currently, 25 percent of the total public school population is comprised of Hispanic children. Of the roughly 64,000 students in the Washoe County School District, that is a total population of 16,000 Hispanic students, none of whom were ever ascertained to be legal or illegal as to their immigration status.

That is a tremendous drain on the public school budget in Reno. But in defense of the school district, should they have turned these students out on the street and not educated them? We think we have a crime problem now. If we had 16,000 potential students roaming the streets, what would the crime rate be?

Personally, I don’t mind our country having documented aliens here and pursuing a path to citizenship, all the while following the letter of the law. But it really chaps my hide when they are here illegally and have the audacity to demand their rights in addition to being able to remain here illegally, all the while taxing our social services. That, in my book, takes gall.

It is for this reason that Arizona’s governor signed into law SB1070. Arizona has had it with no control over illegal alien incursion into their state, taxing its social services and no reform coming from the federal government anywhere in sight. Mexicans in this country, for the most part, are hard workers. They are willing to do the grunt labor that most other Americans won’t do. They also would like to get ahead and follow the American dream as they should and they should be allowed to do so with great zeal. But do it legally and with the blessing of the federal government.   

Yes, we have an immigration problem. In fact, we have 12 million illegal immigration problems in this country by last count. The only way to solve this problem is the same way you eat an elephant: one bite at a time. Solving the illegal immigration problem is as big as trying to clean up the horrendous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and almost as insidious as well.

Another solution that I have promoted in the past, but its implementation would kill tourism in Mexico, is to acquire Mexico as the 51st state of the union and nationalize PEMEX, the national oil company of Mexico, and use the profits from the nationalization of this company to pay for the start-up costs of the new state of the union. Every Mexican would instantly be a citizen of the United States. Gone would be the days of inexpensive vacations to Mexico, but our illegal immigrant situation would be defused in the process.

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at
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