1.30.2006

False Hope? Who's He Kidding?

According to the AP in the Arizona Republic:
“I’m afraid that maps and water jugs do nothing but give illegal crossers false hope,” Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a Republican, said in a written statement. “Either we convince potential crossers not to make the journey or, failing that, we stop them from crossing the border.”
False hope? Eleven million people kind of give the opposite impression, don’t you think?
Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe, a Republican, said he supports the maps as a way of saving lives. But the best way of keeping migrants from dying in the desert is by helping Mexico create jobs and reforming U.S. laws to better manage migration, he said.

“It’s hard to disagree with giving information to your citizens to save their lives,” Kolbe said. “Ideally, what I would prefer is that they hand out flyers saying ‘You don’t have to cross the desert because there are jobs in Mexico, and here is some job information.’ But that isn’t going to happen, because there aren’t jobs in Mexico.”
It’s more than just jobs. It’s what happens when people are denied birth control and they start having babies in their early teens. It’s what happens when law enforcement and teacher salaries are so low, there’s no incentive to protect anything or educate anyone.

By the way, check out Arizona Congress Watch. We're adding it to our links section, at right. There are some choice posts about Hayworth.