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  •  Dignity and Respect (8+ / 0-)

    That would mean providing them assistance in Mexico. That would also mean that Mexican society takes responsibility for providing for their starving people. It doesn't mean giving them a pass.

    The primary place to fix this problem is in Mexico. A humanitarian response is to address the problem there.

    You can't support wages here with unlimited population growth. One reason why real wages haven't risen in this country is that we have allowed Mexicans to take up the slack. At some point we have to look at solutions that support a living wage in this country while providing a living wage in Mexico, too.

    It is unfair to anyone to create a situation in which they are forced to leave their homes and families to stay alive. We should support a solution that helps these people without demanding that they become criminals, move long distances away from their families, work as semi-slave labor for major corporations, and never get the respect or compensation they deserve.

    •  You have to be able to create middle classes (4+ / 0-)

      not only here but in other labor-intensive economies.  And that will only come with better trade agreements and enforcement of labor and environmental regulations on corporations here and in those other countries.  

      It's a thorny, multi-facted problem that will take decades to fix.

      Kind of like Iraq - when Bill Richardson was asked how he would fix things in Iraq, he was talking about all the surrounding countries and Russia and Europe and fixing the Israeli/Palesitinian problem etc etc...  Everything has to be addressed all at once.

      I earned capital in the campaign - political capital - and now I intend to spend it.

      by Mr Met on Tue Feb 06, 2007 at 06:09:10 PM PST

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    •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      Also, better protections for and promotion of small-scale farming in Mexico.
      Hey, supporting better conditions for Latinos' relatives in the old country can only gain votes.

    •  No question about it! (1+ / 0-)
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      The problem is that the Mexican government is refusing to serve its citizens.  Despite the stereotypes, there is plenty of money in Mexico to go around, but we have a government unwilling to do anything about it.

      The open border between the United States and Mexico is the only thing that is preventing a full scale revolution.  Close that pressure valve, and there wil be a revolution in Mexico.

      Perhaps it would be for the better for the people of Mexico... perhaps not... often, populist revolutions end up being worse than the opppressors they tried to overthrow.  One thing is for certain, political instability so close to home is not something anyone looks forward to.



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