The Mexican is the American problem. Cartels run Mexico and those cartels are empowered by Americans buying and using their drugs. It isn’t the sole reason people flee to America, but in the current era, it is a primary driver because people are not only afraid of drugs and cartels shooting up their local police and media, but they are also worried their children will someday work for these cartels and end up dead. Add to this a president who doesn’t seemingly recognize the issue, and you have what we are seeing today along the U.S. – Mexican border – lawlessness.
Mexicans know they have a chance at a decent life here. This has been true since long before you and I were born.
During the 1970’s my stepfather was a twenty-two year old, recently arrived Mexican national who met my mother and married her. What followed was typical; we were the Harriet Tubman underground for Mexicans heading from Zacatecas to Toppenish, Washington, land of apple trees, cherry trees and jobs. We provided safe haven heading north to the endless brothers, uncles and cousins of my new father. Most of the time it was pleasant and I got to know people coming through.
Similarly newly arrived immigrant families were springing up all around us in Lynwood, California. For over five years I watched as the neighborhood slowly turned from lower middle-class white to lower-class Hispanic and to some degree, lower class-Black. Lynwood was on the border between deep Black South LA and Metro downtown LA, which leans decidedly Hispanic. There must have been a rush in the 70’s for allowing Hispanics to flood LA (Carter policies, perhaps?), because it certainly seemed to emerge quickly from my teenage perspective. Soon thereafter in the late 70’s schools began bi-lingual instruction in education.
But even then we knew people came because the jobs were in America. When companies started taking factories to Mexico nationals stayed but American’s lost jobs. Open door labor policy wasn’t changed until NAFTA under Clinton. When drugs hit int eh 80’s the inlfux was for different reasons, drug distribution. This is what grew the strength of the cartels in the 80’s and 90’s to today; ex-farmers and ranchers who figured out pot, meth and cocaine was far more profitable that food.
If memory serves there are three or four major drug cartels in existence today that control most of the drugs passing across into the United States, and the continual rise of narcotic use fuels this traffic to the tune of four to five billion dollars a year in revenue (an underestimate, to be sure). That’s Apple money, that is what major Fortune 500 companies generate. The revenue is used to purchase influence as well maintain control in Mexico. What is happening today in Mexico is what would have happened if, during the 1920’s, the gangsters in Chicago got control of the government.
Our government knowingly allows tons of highly addictive drugs to flow into our streets every day. Not just drugs, but guns. Not just guns but sex-trafficking. Then follows the slow destruction of hundreds of thousands of Americans who become addicted to drugs. It is our Mental Health industry who then treat these addicts (with more drugs) funded by you the taxpayer.
Is it worth mentioning the violence associated with all of it?
It would be hard for me to believe our national leaders aren’t aware of the significance of what I just stated. They simply cannot ignore the reality of the problem as I have just outlined.
How do we watch the slow disintegration of our society and not show up to do anything about it except to spend 80 million dollars so Mexican nationals can stay at a Marriott and get a free buffet between 6 and 9am?
How to solve the problem is obvious, we have to reduce addiction or eliminate the black market that provides drugs. Offer people who are addicted realistic rehab programs that mandate providing job skill training so they can make a living to aid in their continued recovery. People need to be productive.
No one wants to admit it but if alcohol was illegal today we would have far greater problems, but because we have enforceable laws that restrict who and how one gets liquor, you don’t have gangsters running our major cities. Can’t we take the same approach with narcotics? It’s not like many addicts don’t already get their supply from their doctors anyway. I can’t tell you how many people I know who take xanxx, percoset or whatever else they can get their hands on.
Mexicans come here because they have always had a better chance at life than staying in Mexico. This hasn’t changed in my lifetime. The cartels and the crime has just made it worse. Add to this China is using them to bring in globs of Fentanyl that is not only highly addictive by easily available. Remember the Opioid pandemic? This next one will be much more destructive, thanks in part to pharmaceuticals that have made it cool. You might recall it was fentanyl that killed the performer Prince a few years back.
Many States have regulation the marijuana industry and it is being controlled by rules. Controlled sales is also generating huge revenue for the respective States.
In Florida, dispensers are everywhere, but you do have to have a doctor sign off with a permission slip, and you have to get it renewed. But the revenue is a tremendous benefit for the State, as it is for Colorado and especially California. If the Mexican government can somehow regain control of drug distribution in their country and legislate drug laws to eliminate black market profits, Mexico could profit from huge revenues and improve the quality of life for its people. while also eliminating the crime associated with illicit drug activity. This seems like a more realistic approach than expecting Americans to kick their drug habit, and it will go a long way to eliminating the profit motive for cartels who are forced to work in the shadows because they are breaking drug laws.
The dirty little secret is by not eliminating laws that govern drug distribution we create law-breakers without doing anything to reduce the demand.
Even as a child I understood that people will keep coming as long as there is a better life up north. We can’t fix Mexico’s problems, but we have the right to restrict the inflow to ensure there is not an economic imbalance created when unfettered immigration floods a market. Cheaper human labor is the result; you have more people looking for less jobs. You also increase the cost of residency, more people looking for increasingly less living space.
The job of those who run our municipalities is to make sure these things don’t happen, to create the kinds of regulation that prohibit, for example, the hiring of illegal or non-documented immigrants.
A regularly process guarantees fair and equitable treatment for both the immigrant and the U.S. citizen when protocol regulates the inflow based on need of the host nation. It’s not even a moral issue as much as it is a practical issue.
We need to be adults about handling the immigration issue and from many angles.
Let’s get to work. It’s why you were elected.