A Two-way street (5/9/10)

I’ve been purposely silent about the passage of new law to stem the tide of illegal immigration by the Arizona legislature.  Why have I been silent on it?  Because it’s hard to offer a salient opinion on something when the pro-camp and the anti-camp refuses to listen to a damn word I say, or anyone else’s.

If I, for example, was to sneak off into a different country without a visa, green card, or any type of identification, I would be in big trouble, given the tightening of restrictions into entering another country since the domestic attacks of 2001.

I fully understand the unquenchable desire of those who are from Mexico to leave their homes and come to America to seek the all-cliched “American Dream.”  For many, the risk of their own lives to come across the border is great and for some, they die in that attempt.

I want to look at this issue in another angle.

I’m not a hard-core Democrat or Republican, nor am I interested in the childish partisan warfare that is based on fear and assumptions.  If we here in the U.S. are required to have passports, visas, or green cards to go to another country to visit, work, or to live there, then why hasn’t Mexico offered to do the same for their citizens? How is it up to the U.S. to sort this out?

This isn’t about the immigrants. It’s about the procedures and the way things are processed.

If anything, Mexico has a serious problem, government-wise.  They are unable to handle wide-spread corruption, drug cartels have rendered law-and-order useless, and their infrastructure is broken beyond considerable repair.

Blaming the state of Arizona is easy to do, but when does Mexico be taken to task for not ensuring that their citizens have the necessary passports and legal forms to be able to visit, work, or live in the U.S.?

The impression I gather is that the U.S. would not have to enact such measures to become lightening rods if Mexico wasn’t in such turmoil internally and externally.  Then again, the U.S. Congress had ample opportunities to address this in 2007, but made the decision not to, which caused Arizona to move forward with their bill.

Rather than spending time protesting this bill, this should be looked at as a catalyst for the United States and Mexico to sit down, hammer out, and come to a resolution on how individuals cross the border into the U.S. without the fear of being caught at a meat-packing factory or ending up dead in canal at U.S./Mexico border.