The Tables are Turned

Cross Posted from InMuscatine 

Oh, delicious, sweet irony. How I savor it so. It seems that Mexico has an illegal immigration problem. My heart bleeds.

LexisNexis News – Nogales, Mexico, feels overrun by migrants: the ones booted by the U.S. Officials say they boost crime, fill shelters and strain services.:

The city hires some migrants for up to 15 days to clean streets, enough for a bus ticket home, and provides return fare for minors deported without family members. Local officials complain that the federal government does not compensate them for the cost of caring for the migrants whether they pass through or remain. The city doesn’t even bother to estimate how much it spends anymore. “If you say it’ll cost me so much, I can budget it, no problem,” de Le Fuente said. “But it just keeps escalating.

“Officials say most migrants are hardworking, law-abiding people. But the deportees have included child molesters, sex offenders and career criminals.

“There’s no control over who the U.S. drops on us,” said Sergio Gonzalez Machi, an official with the employment office of the Sonora state government that operates a shelter for migrants.

STOP!

Pause with me brothers and sisters. Relax, sit back, close your eyes and slowly savor the irony. Drink of it deep …

Ok, enough of that. To measure my grief level at the plight of poor Nogales, it would be fair to say I have seen more grief at Thanksgiving for the turkey.

Those who do work regular hours and contribute to Nogales’ economy feel unwelcome. “When you go to work in the maquiladora, they look at you just like the gringos,” said Juan Zamora, who makes auto parts at a factory. He spent a decade in the U.S. before he was arrested for being an illegal immigrant and was sent to a detention center in Arizona. He was deported to Nogales in April. “Whenever I walk to the factory, everyone on the street is watching me.”

Oh, boodilly-freakin’-hoo, Juan! You broke the law, and you have barely begun to pay for your transgressions.

There are those who sympathize with the new arrivals. “The poor things, they’ve suffered so much,” said Rafael Vitla, 70, who unloads trucks at the isolated border crossing where deportees are dropped off. “They’ve lost everything and now they have to try again.”

Proof that bleeding-heart Liberals are everywhere.

Mexico isn’t Larissa Sosa’s home, but she’s grateful for the chance to work here. Two months ago the 24-year-old Honduran native, who’d lived illegally in Mexico for four years, was caught by the U.S. Border Patrol as she tried to cross the Arizona desert. She wanted to make more money so she could get medical treatment for her ailing 70-year-old father. A Border Patrol agent helped Sosa onto the deportation bus with the words “See you next time.”

Which wouldn’t happen if we built a 20 foot high concrete fence the entire length of the border, protected by a one-mile deep mine field on each side.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.**

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