In 2010, immigration will be a hot political issue in Congress. Many Americans today are asking the question; Why do so many Mexicans come to the U.S. illegally? According to a study by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, “Mexicans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the direction of their country.” So, what would you do if your country tilted out of whack? The following statistics from the same study note:
1. 81% of Mexicans attribute their dissatisfaction to crime. 2. 75% to economic problems. 3. 73% say illegal drugs are the problem, 4. while 68% attribute corruption in government as the source of their woes.
An inept and corrupt government is somewhat responsible for opening the floodgates of a regretful economy, an out of control crime wave and the illegal drug trafficking flourishing nationwide in Mexico. If we, as Americans, fail to help Mexico stabilize their country, we’ll continue to see the endless stream of Mexicans crossing the border seeking refuge in the land of the free. So before we bring the hammer of judgement down upon those seeking a better life, let’s pause and consider their plight.
What solutions can we offer those “on the other side” to secure their country, spur on economic growth, and ensure justice for all Mexicans?