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This story has an ironic twist to it for those of us living in SoCal. While the Mexican government is outraged by six Brits who are in their country under questionable circumstances, there are millions of Mexican citizens who live and work in California illegally and openly, and for which the Mexican government is demanding free schooling, health care, and even driver's licenses.

Obviously, the Mexican government should be concerned about those who may have entered their country illegally, especially since some of these folks in particular are members of a foreign military; but the outrage over this event is a little outrageous itself given the out-of-control state of illegal immigration in California.

I feel for these poor folks who pour in to California, and for all I know, I've likely employed some of them indirectly by giving business to them (i.e. gardeners, car washers, mechanics, etc.) Generally speaking, they're decent, hard-working folks who simply want to make a better life for themselves and their family. The difficult reality, however, is that their presence creates a huge net cost burden for California, and the Mexican government is essentially obligating California to subsidize their social programs.

...so, six Brits? Hey, President Vicente Fox, I'm sure Governor Schwarzeneggar will gladly exchange the cost of supporting the six foreign nationals who are in your country illegally for the millions of your citizens who are in our country illegally. How's that? <_<
 

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Yup, I realize that this is potential flame-bait in an election year, and that's a shame considering how important this issue is. Under normal circumstances, the idea of millions of people openly living and working in a country illegally, receiving taxpayer-paid benefits, and sending millions of dollars back to their country of origin would be thought of as outrageous. Instead, someone at the other end of the issue simply needs to deal the race card, and the argument is over.

I don't really have a problem with illegal immigrants themselves, as they are simply doing what any one of us would do under similar circumstances. I certainly have no problem with legal immigrants--my parents came here in 1964 from Italy and then Argentina, and I'm exceedingly grateful that the United States welcomed them with open arms.

I do, however, have a serious problem with the California state government's unwillingness to address the growing crisis of illegal immigration due to the socialist bent of most California lawmakers. I'm also troubled by the Federal government's unwillingness to take this on as well because of its election-year cow-towing to Hispanic groups, (I say this as a supporter of the current administration, although blame can also be extended to most legislators who are effectively doing the same thing).

Having said all that, I have no ideas for solving this problem. It sure would be nice if folks could talk about it, though; if we could just get past the race arguments and talk about how to solve the problem, maybe someone could come up with a good idea. (Obviously, I'm not saying this about you 69nova--I'm talking about public discourse in general on this topic.)
 
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