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August 14, 2008

BBC Photographer Jake Price spent a day at the tracks in Lecheria, Mexico, learning about the lives of those passing through.  He produced an excellent slideshow with audio narration.  Something’s got to be done about conditions in Mexico, but I’m damned if I know what.

Before anyone thinks getting tougher on illegals will stop the inflow to our country, consider that even China has an illegal immigration problem, from North Korea. They’re even building a wall to try and stop it. 

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  1. Ted
    August 15, 2008 at 06:29 | #1

    Something’s got to be done about conditions in Mexico, but I’m damned if I know what.

    The United States of Canada, US and Mexico (or United States of North America).

  2. August 15, 2008 at 07:03 | #2

    The United States of Canada, US and Mexico (or United States of North America).

    Seriously?  That hadn’t occurred to me.  How would it help?  How could it be accomplished?

  3. August 15, 2008 at 07:13 | #3

    There is nothing anybody outside Mexico can do for Mexico.

  4. Ted
    August 15, 2008 at 07:22 | #4

    Seriously?

    At some point you have to realize that laws when properly written do not arbitrarily stop at an imaginary line. I’ve been on the Mexico and Canada borders and only saw man-made checkpoints; no natural impediments.

    German reunification was a chore and a hardship—after nearly 20 years it seems to be a done deal. If the will is there, it can work.

    The premise of EU takes this forward as well. Right wingers don’t really care for the EU, but it is a good way to expand shared values, laws, and break down mobility barriers between historically dissimilar cultures.

    I think a lot of people believe in American exceptionalism and the uniqueness of the US Constitution. It’s an OK document, but if I’m not going to religiously worship a document that fails to keep up with the times.

    NAFTA blows, but a unification that tears down nationalism barriers is not NAFTA. It’s simply a good way to disarm fascism.

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