Sunday, March 30, 2014

NAFTA and U.S. Immigration Reform

As I sit here tonight and think about immigration reform, it brings me back to my Junior Year at La Salle, and in particular, this History class i took called Latin America in Revolution.  In this class, I learned about the progression on Latin American history from 1500 to the present time.  Towards the end of the semester, we learned about the Mexican Revolution and the integration of the North American Trade Agreement into the economies of the U.S. and subsequently Mexico and Canada.  As the world becomes globalized, we've seen a shift in extending our borders and trade within adjacent nations to increase overall ties both politically and economically.  In recent years as a result of illegal immigrants entering our country by "border hopping" as I would call it, the U.S. government has begun adding increased measures to stop such "border hopping" from happening.  Although I understand that illegal migrants are breaking the law by crossing the border without going through the proper measures, we, the United States, are a nation of immigrants for the only natural born citizens of this great nation are Native Americans.

Sometimes I sit up at night and think about our immigration issues in this country.  I watched a YouTube video awhile back of Mark Zuckerberg, who also is a key proponent of Immigration reform.  As a result of his initiative in solving this problem, I too, became interested and concerned about this growing issue in our country.  As our nation's population growth is steadily declining as a result of the Baby Boomer generation getting older and the younger generation putting off Child Baring until they've settled down within their respective career, it leads me to think that relaxing our laws on immigration isn't such a bad idea.  As a teacher in a town/city where we've got a large Latino and Hispanic population, I've got to see first hand just how happy Mexican and Latino American children are to be living in this country and how hard they work at learning and integrating into the English language.  As a result of knowing two languages, they will only help themselves and the economic stature of the U.S. leading into the future. I believe it is a common misconception that we've learned from watching Border Wars on television that Mexican citizens only come here to traffic drugs to help give and bring money back home to feed their families.  I've had personal and private conversations with my students about the struggles and triumphs their parents have faced just to come to America to improve the lives of themselves and their children.  As a result of the their work ethic, I believe that relaxing laws, so that the immigration process is much easier to go through will stop illegal immigrants from feeling it is necessary to "border hop" to enter our country.

It brings great pity to my soul that Americans are so racist and ignorant to immigration in our country.  Some Americans are completely against Mexicans that immigrate to the U.S. or anyone for that matter from emigrating to our country.  We, as a nation, were all immigrants at one point in time in our family's history or just the history of our nation as a whole.  I do not understand why we've become a nation that looks down upon people who come to our country to better themselves as well as the economic stature of our nation as a whole.  Foreigners are some of the hardest working people i've ever met and they certainly take advantage of what we have to offer them in this great nation.  They are willing to take jobs that lazy, ignorant Americans feel they are "too good" for.  I've worked in almost every type of industry you can think of, and I have busted my rear-end in every single one of them, and it brings great shame that Americans are starting to see themselves as "too good" for certain jobs.  We, as a nation, need to look real hard in the mirror and realize without immigration we probably would not be where we are right now.

NAFTA was created to boost the flow of money and trade between the countries of North America.  By not solving immigration reform, we are doing a dis-service to this agreement we made a few decades ago.  By integrating our economies together, we can and have increased the flow of money and traded goods among the members of NAFTA.  As a result, just like the laws and regulations that have been put in place to help economically among the countries of North American, we should make it easier to allow for the flow of legal immigrants to and from America by making laws that promote legal immigration instead of making it more difficult which will only promote "border hopping."

Border Wars has created a negative perception towards Mexicans and immigrants as a whole.  Men and woman using assault weapons, night vision gear, and helicopters too stop illegals from entering our country just puts a bad connotation on a false reality for the American viewers.  Most Mexican immigrants just want to come to our country to give themselves, their families, and their children a better life, better jobs, and a better education.  We as a nation, need to relax laws and make the legal process much easier and quicker for immigrants who have no prior history of crime and illegal activities, so that immigrants do not feel it is necessary to enter our country by illegal means.  I feel we need to protect our borders from drug smuggling as much as the next person, but each of us need to realize we are a nation of immigrants, and as a whole, immigrants, especially Mexicans, from what i have experienced, are some of the hardest working people I have ever seen and they will only boost our economy in the future.  

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