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MEXICO SUPPORTS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Dr. Noel Gibeson Corbell

Once again the government of Mexico has chosen to support illegal immigration into the United States. This time their National Human Rights Commission, a government-funded agency, said it will distribute at least 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert to curb the death toll among illegal border crossers. They also claim that this does not encourage illegal immigration into the United States; it just makes it safer for those who choose to act illegally.

In early 2005 this same government-funded agency distributed 1.5 million comic book-style pamphlets for illegals that give them safety tips on how to safely cross the desert into the United States. Detractors of this Mexican government policy ask the obvious question: What is next; Will the Mexican government now start buying bus tickets for illegal aliens, once they are inside the U.S. for California, New York and Florida?

Instead of this illegal and regressive policy, the Mexican government needs to adopt a strong, proactive policy that only supports legal immigration into the U.S., not illegal immigration. Governments should not be in the habit of breaking their own laws and those of their neighbor countries as well, while using their own peoples’ taxes to pay for it. There is already a flood of illegal immigration into the U.S. not only from Mexico, but from other Central and South American countries that use Mexico as their expressway into the U.S. Overwhelmingly, most of these illegal immigrants want to come to the U.S. for economic reasons; they want to make a better living. 

Their home countries also realize that almost all illegal immigrants will send money back to family members in the country that they just left. Thus, there is a financial incentive for these countries to support illegal immigration into the U.S. because of the $100s of millions of U.S. dollars that flow back into the country in the form of money orders and wire transfers, generating greater economic activity within the country itself.

An associated problem with illegal immigration is national security and criminal activity. Hidden within the droves of people crossing the Rio Grande River and the Baja and Sonora Deserts for economic reasons, could be terrorists and criminals. Since no background checks are ever run on them before they enter the U.S. anyone can get in. Terrorists have shown that they can be ingenious as well as devious. Multi-lingual terrorists can use the maps supplied by the Mexican government to navigate their way safely across the deserts into the U.S. Thank you, Mexican government.

Criminals entering the U.S. have been another problem because they oftentimes continue their criminal lifestyle once they enter the U.S. Because of serious internal economic problems, in 1980 Cuban President Castro opened up Cuban immigration to the U.S. The ‘Mariel Boatlift,’ as it came to be called, was a mass exodus of mentally ill, imprisoned and freedom seeking refugees from Cuba's Mariel Harbor, between April 15 and October 31, 1980 when Fidel Castro eventually closed the harbor to all refugees seeking asylum. 2,746 Cubans were identified by U.S authorities as criminals, while many others probably slipped through the cracks. Over the next 35 years many immigrants from the Mariel Boatlift ended up in U.S. prisons for criminal activity. The mentally ill from this fiasco also burdened state mental hospitals, and U.S. taxpayers, for years to come. 

This episode served to bring home the importance of proper screening of immigrants prior to accepting them as legal immigrants. With illegal immigration, there is no screening whatsoever. Anyone who crosses the border and is not caught is in. Legal immigration should be encouraged and illegal immigration discouraged.

Dr. Noel Gibeson Corbell. As president of the Mount Vernon Institute, Dr. Corbell provides research and consulting services into contemporary issues involving the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, international affairs, human rights, the economy, terrorism, intelligence, homeland security, including counter-terrorism, and government responsibility and accountability. At Georgetown University, he taught courses as they relate to technology, intelligence, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and space issues. One course called Intelligence and American Foreign Policy, examined unclassified, open-source documents and the steps in the intelligence cycle up to and including preparation of the National Intelligence Estimate. As an organizational management consultant and a radio broadcaster with WALE Radio 990, he produced and hosted a live, radio talk show broadcast over New England and New York called Tomorrow, Today. Earlier, Noel Gibeson Corbell was a career U.S. Marine Corps force recon and infantry officer. In that regard he served in operational positions worldwide in jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans. Later, he was a strategic planner at Headquarters Marine Corps and for the Secretary of the Navy. His commentaries have appeared in newspapers like the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Army Times, the Air Force Times, and on the Free Market News Network, as well as in The National Interest.