2.02.2006

C'mon, Mr. Secretary

Linda Valdez, who went with us to Mexico, writing in an Arizona Republic op-ed:
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff condemned Mexico's plan to distribute the maps, which were produced by the Tucson-based group Humane Borders. He said they could "encourage illegal immigration."

C'mon, Mr. Secretary.

What encourages illegal immigration is the availability of jobs in the United States. These jobs offer such hope to poor people that they have found a way around, under or through every one of the enforcement strategies the U.S. government has tried. These strategies have pushed illegal immigrants into tough, desert terrain where hundreds of them die each year.