Yes, Mexicans are not into "hope & change" anymore. They are jumping on I-35, driving to Nuevo Laredo and saying "adios" the the US economy.
"Si se puede" has a new meaning: It means "no se puede" when it comes to looking for a job.
The big problem is the US economy:
I guess that the big $787 billion didn't stimulate after all. I guess that all of those "shovel ready" jobs weren't so ready after all!
What happens now?
First, I think that the "self deportation" will continue. It will really pick up if The Supreme Court upholds the Arizona law.
Second, I hope that both countries, and all politicians, can finally address this issue like adults.
We've been strong advocates of a "temporary worker" program that allows US employers to hire people. We like the "brasero" program that Pres Eisenhower negotiated with Mexico in the early 1950's. It worked very well and allowed thousands of Mexicans to come "legally" to the US, work and take "dolares" back home. In fact, the "brasero" program was so effective that the Dems killed it in 1966 under pressure from the labor unions.
John Fund of The Wall Street Journal wrote about this back in 2007, or in the middle of the last immigration reform debate. He wrote that arrests dropped significantly ("....from over a million in 1954 to only 45,000 by 1959. The number of arrests remained under 100,000 a year until 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson ended the program under pressure from labor unions.")
The easiest way to curb illegal immigration is to have a legal mechanism, like the "brasero" program of the 1950's, that allows employers and employees to do their business legally and mutually convenient. Let's hope that Pres Romney will sit down with the next Mexican president and work out a "guest worker" plan that makes sense for both countries.
In the meantime, we will watch more and more Mexicans driving home to Mexico and wondering why they fell for the "si se pude fantasia" in the first place.
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