April 5th, 2006


thoughts on the Securing America's Borders Act

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These snippets are very important. From what I can tell, much of the protesting over this act has to do with fear that people in legitimate need will not have access to medical care and assistance. We have so many things here in America that people in Mexico don't have! It was hard for me to hold my writing about the SAB Act until I had read it... I had reactions based partially on something that happened to me in 2004 and partially on something that happened to me last Sunday night.

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It's very common for people to assume that Mexicans are the problem in terms of immigration. It is true that many Mexicans come here to work--there is a tremendous amount of poverty in Mexico, and there is not a lot of opportunity for people with disabilities there. However, the real problem, based on reading other portions of the SAB Act which I did not quote in this entry, seems to be the lack of security of Mexico's borders and the ease with which drugs can be trafficked from Central America through Mexico and into this country, where there is obviously a lucrative market. So the SAB Act provides for ways to work with Mexico to not only secure our borders but also improve Mexico's security and decrease drug trafficking. Not a bad deal...

The truly sad aspect of this is thinking that there is such pain and poverty in Central America that there is a perceived need for gangs and drugs at all... If someone could somehow reach those people... I know it's a lost cause in most people's opinion; but it still pains me to think about. I know enough to know that people turn to drugs because they do something that feels beneficial (whether it really is or not)--and drug income is therefore quick and easy, much more preferable to the hard work and low income that anything else in those countries can bring. And life there is not easy...

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It doesn't seem to me that the SAB Act makes it impossible for people to receive legitimate medical or other reasonable aid from this country. They do have to go through appropriate channels, and it does seem that this task can be very daunting. If your children are compassionate and protesting, or if you are interested in a social work career and are passionate about this, perhaps working with the INS may be a career worth considering... It's a way of doing something helpful for those outside the States who need our help. I suspect the INS will be in need of workers with a healthy dose of compassion and patience. Hurting and fearful non-U.S. citizens who don't speak great English are not so easy to work with--and the harder INS is to work with, the more fearful the non-citizen can become.

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