The American response to Mexican immigration is not only inadequate, but also offensive and xenophobic.
Building a fence is not going to stop Mexicans from coming to this country. The U.S. would be better served by encouraging government and private industry to seriously invest in Mexico and to create mechanisms to ensure that the Mexican people (rather than corrupt politicians) actually benefit from this foreign investment.
Put simply, Mexicans come to the U.S. in large part for jobs and to improve their economic status. If the U.S. truly wants to stop unlawful immigration, then it should create jobs with reasonable and competitive compensation schemes in Mexico so that the lure of economic freedom may be found in the Mexican citizens’ backyard, rather than across the border.
Such economic assistance seems a small price to pay, especially when we consider the billions of dollars spent on rebuilding Iraq, a country thousands of miles away and whose people largely reject the American presence.
Surely we can find the courage to help out a worthy neighbor and ally, especially when doing so would in the end serve our own interests as well.