What if everything we know about illegal immigration is wrong? What if our complacency is actually complicity in crimes numerous and heinous? What if both political parties see immigrants — legal and otherwise — as nothing more than a voting bloc and will do anything, say anything, to add them to and keep them on their roster? Is it possible that the money the illegal immigrants send back to Mexico is propping up a country that would collapse without it, making the daily chaos and murder that Americans ignore a permanent feature of life in a beautiful country? The dirty secret is that very few politicians care how many dead bodies are strewn across our deserts or where illegally obtained wages end up or whether Mexicans are being executed in the streets.
This story is sad, and all too common. We need to rethink our approach to Mexico and illegal immigration. Too many conservatives have accepted the Left’s lie that to oppose illegal immigration is racist, and too many regular Republicans have decided that racism is okay.
I’m not saying that the death of Maria Santos Gorrostieta is the fault of our country’s tacit acceptance of illegal immigration as a legitimate form of immigration, but in a country where this kind of violence is common, encouraging illegal remittances seems immoral. Streamlining the citizenship process seems a better answer, among other things.
I love Mexico. I grew up on the border; I hate to see these stories.