Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
- Albert Camus, French Existential Writer (1913-1960)

economic failure

There are fewer undocumented immigrants in California because many are now finding the American dream south of the border.

“It’s now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico,” Sacramento’s Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutiérrez, said Wednesday. “We have become a middle-class country.”

Mexico’s unemployment rate is now 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States.

source: Sacramento Bee

Illegal Immigration of Tomorrow

Three years since its passage, just how bad has the $787 billion stimulus failed in providing jobs to America? Try getting a handle on this: Not only has unemployment risen over 20%, but America’s 9.4% unemployment rate is now almost double the unemployment rate down in Mexico.

As the illegals here in America are now heading back down south to the better job market in Mexico, maybe we should rethink that whole border fence thing and keep that border open – with job prospects the way they are in America, it might not be too long before it’s the Americans who are the ones trying to sneak across the border.

The only thing that might prevent this reverse wave of illegal immigration might be the Mexican Government’s zero tolerance treatment of illegals in their country.

Reality down in Mexico is that from the same country that screamed bloody murder over Arizona’s SB 1070, you have hundreds of checkpoints and people who do not carry papers and ID are subject to arrest. From the same Mexican government that rails against America for profiling their people, you have laws that will bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics” (racial profiling written right into the legal code!) and from the same government that condemns us for our half-hearted attempts to enforce our own immigration laws, you have Mexican laws which make illegal entry a felony punishable by two years imprisonment, with re-entry punishable by ten years imprisonment!

¡Hipócritas de mierda!

On second thought, as hard as the Mexicans crack down on illegal immigration in their own country, you probably never will see that reverse wave of illegal immigration no matter how bad this economy is failing.

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