I’ve often said that the United States’ problem with illegal aliens is a unique one in this world, as no other country has as large, diverse group of people trying desperately to come here. Recently, though, I have found that opinion challenged.
It turns out that there’s another nation with a substantial group of non-citizens living within its borders, literally hordes of people who either sneaked across the border or overstay their visas and decide to simply stay in the new nation. And this nation, too, is finding itself trying to figure out the best way to handle the situation.
On the one hand, there is no talk of massive roundups and mass deportations in this editorial. On the other, there is no call for amnesty and the granting of permanent residency status, let alone a “path to citizenship.” The idea of allowing just ANYONE to waltz across the border and become a citizen is simply unheard of over there.
Instead, the author’s suggestion is to ignore the stated reasons for the aliens’ presence and instead focus on the material. It is the nation’s duty — and in the nation’s best interests — to help those aliens’ home nations develop their economies to the point where they will not be fleeing economic hardships at home.
It’s an idea that has some merit. Mexico’s economic structure is horrific. The stratification between the haves and the have nots is almost criminal. Perhaps we ought to put some serious effort into reforming Mexico’s government and economy — and not necessarily with the current government’s assent.
It pains me to say it, but perhaps we could learn something from Saudi Arabia after all…