Monday, January 10, 2005

‘Dear Mexico’



The government of Mexico has issued a new brochure, aimed at helping its citizens survive illegal entry into the United States and showing them how to live in our country as “undocumented immigrants” (illegal aliens).

The color primer, published by Mexico's foreign ministry, gives would-be migrants tips including how to swim across the Rio Grande and avoid detection in the United States. It also sets out their legal rights on detention.

The government of Mexico denies that the booklet is a “how-to” manual for one-million or more Mexicans who attempt the illegal crossing each year.

I have obtained this booklet and have posted it below (with text and translation) for your inspection.

You be the judge…



Ponga en la espera para la cubierta de la oscuridad. Las patrullas de Gringo son pocas y lejos en medio. ¿Pero por qué ocasiones de la toma, huh? El objeto de este manual es conseguir a todos los campesinos de México del país con seguridad. Lea y aprenda.

(Lay in wait for the cover of darkness. Gringo patrols are few and far between. But why take chances, huh? The object of this manual is to get all of Mexico’s peasants out of the country safely. Read and learn.)



Según lo aconsejado para sus millones de campesinos sin valor, el gobierno oficial de México le aconseja hacer furtivamente en los Estados Unidos bajo cubierta de la oscuridad… véase la foto. Las mujeres deben seguir a los hombres en cuanto a observan su zona. ¡Ahora, prisa, prisa!

(As advised for its millions of worthless peasants, the official Government of Mexico advises you sneak into the United States under the cover of darkness… see photo. The women should follow the men as to observe their tract. Now, hurry, hurry!)



Haga que sus mujeres hacen todo el trabajo. Ordénelos diluir cualquier mercancía que usted esté llevando en los jarros del agua para evitar la detección. Fuércelos llevar sus fuentes. No permita que se quejen. Caminata rápidamente en los Estados Unidos y hacia donde viven sus parientes desapercibido. Póngase en cuclillas en el desierto siempre que se observen los vehículos del gringo.

(Make your women do all the work. Order them to dilute any merchandise you are carrying into the water jugs to avoid detection. Force them to carry your supplies. Do not allow them to complain. Walk quickly into the United States and toward where your relatives live undetected. Squat in the desert whenever Gringo vehicles are observed.)



Si usted está utilizando NAFTA para entrar en el país, para pagar apagado su guía inmediatamente y para seguir las reglas indicaron arriba. Deje el más débil entre usted al dado en el desierto. Excepto sus fuentes para las que esta' lo más mejor posible capaces de terminar el viaje. ¡Prisa, prisa!

(If you are using NAFTA to enter the country, pay off your guide immediately and follow the rules stated above. Leave the weakest among you to die in the desert. Save your supplies for the ones best able to complete the journey. Hurry, hurry!)



Una vez con seguridad en el hogar de sus primos del y los amigos en los Estados Unidos, es importante entender varias cosas sobre el Gringos. Aman oírse que hablarlos y creer están actuando benevolently cuando ayudan a nuestra gente. Déjelos ramble sobre las reglas cuando usted coloca a sus niños en escuela. Cabecee siempre como si usted los entienda. Pero, no es importante que usted entiende realmente. Usted puede volver a enviar siempre e incluso desdeñar el Gringos. Esto se permite y es una práctica aceptada. Sea seguro insistir que todas sus instrucciones a usted estén traducidas. Es asombroso pero harán realmente esto para usted. Gringos no es muy brillante. Recuerde, nosotros tienen el forro siempre del presidente de Gringo, George W. Bush.

(Once safely in the home of your cousins and friends in the United States, it is important to understand several things about the Gringos. They love to hear themselves talk and believe they are acting benevolently when they aid our people. Let them ramble about the rules when you place your children in school. Always nod as if you understand them. But, it is not important that you actually understand. You can always resent and even despise the Gringos. This is allowed and is an accepted practice. Be sure to insist that all of their instructions to you be translated. It’s amazing but they will actually do this for you. Gringos are not very bright. Remember, we have the backing always of the Gringo president, George W. Bush.)



De vez en cuando, usted puede ser acercado por los funcionarios de la inmigración de Estados Unidos. Esto no es una preocupación importante, pues los sobornan fácilmente. Las familias deben poder reunir sus recursos para esta actividad. Esta es la razón por la cual el gobierno oficial de México aconseja que sea el mejor vivir comunal.

(Occasionally, you may be approached by United States immigration officials. This is not a major concern, as they are easily bribed. Families must be able to pool their resources for this activity. This is why the Official Government of Mexico advises that it is best to live communally.)



Establecido una vez en los Estados Unidos es importante que usted ayuda en la inmigración de otros campesinos sin valor tales como se. Se cerciora de esta gente seguir las mismas reglas que usted lo hizo.

(Once established in the United States it is important that you aid in the immigration of other worthless peasants such as yourself. Make sure these people follow the same rules as you did.)



Mucho trabajo en los primeros días dentro de los Estados Unidos incluirá la acopio de la documentación falsa necesaria para probarle que sea elegible para el trabajo. Para esto hay una red ancha de los campesinos del compañero listos ayudarle para un honorario nominal.

(Much work in the first days inside the United States will include gathering the necessary false documentation to prove you are eligible for work. For this there is a wide network of fellow peasants ready to help you for a nominal fee.)



Mucho del esfuerzo detrás de la tentativa de los campesinos de establecer Azltan es ofensivo en naturaleza. Sea bandera de cierto usted México de la exhibición, eso que usted parquea irregularmente y que juega su música nativa en alta voz, pues pone el Gringos en la defensiva. Mientras que el Gringos asqueroso se preocupa de todo el esto, tenga su toma de los niños algo que pertenece a ellos.

(Much of the effort behind the peasants’ attempt to establish Aztlan is offensive in nature. Be certain you display Mexico’s flag, that you park erratically and play your native music loudly, as it puts the Gringos on the defensive. While the filthy Gringos are worried about all of this, have your children take something that belongs to them.)



Hay ciertas situaciones que usted puede encontrar; cuando es parado por el policía de Gringo y sin la identificación y el seguro apropiados... ¡cFuncionamiento! También, cuando es enfrentado por un Gringo sea seguro tener muchos otros campesinos con usted.

(There are certain situations you may encounter; when stopped by Gringo police and without proper identification and insurance… RUN! Also, when confronted by a Gringo be sure to have many other peasants with you.)



Muchas cosas son consideradas aceptables por el Gringos en su vida en haber conquistado con todo pronto ser regiones liberadas. También, hay muchas opciones; si usted teme usted está a punto de ser deportado, pulsa a su mujer en la presencia de otras. Esto asegurará que usted es incarcerated dentro de los Estados Unidos. Esto es preferible pues el gobierno oficial de México no repatriará a campesinos encarcelados y no quisiera que se volvieran. Asimismo, el Gringos dar a su familia muchas ventajas y continuará seguramente permitiendo que vivan en el país. Si, sin embargo, viene ese día triste cuando las autoridades de la inmigración le enfrentan en su hogar, no se desespere. Repita simplemente las instrucciones en este manual.

(Many things are considered acceptable by the Gringos in your life in the conquered yet soon to be liberated regions. As well, there are many options; if you fear you are about to be deported, strike your woman in the presence of others. This will insure that you are incarcerated inside the United States. This is preferable as the Official Government of Mexico will not repatriate imprisoned peasants and does not want them to come back. Likewise, the Gringos will be certain to give your family many benefits and continue to allow them to live in the country. If, however, that sad day comes when immigration authorities confront you at your home, do not despair. Simply repeat the instructions in this manual.)

EL EXTREMO

(THE END)

31 Comments:

At 11:35 AM, Blogger The Writer said...

Hilarious. I suspect though that you made it up. Nice post, and have you started to move into scooping news stories now? Keep it up.

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I agree. Very funny.

 
At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not mexican, but i understand spanish and this is insulting. Obviously it has not been written by the mexican gobernment: that spanish sux, probably is a translation from bablefish or google.
And yes, it's funny because you have born in a country which is rich. I would like too see you poor like rats, and then maybe look what is funny and what not.
I really hope you will die slowly and alone

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

" i understand spanish and this is insulting. Obviously it has not been written by the mexican gobernment: that spanish sux, probably is a translation from bablefish or google."

Whoa! How did you translate this to "English"? It’s a good thing you understand Spanish, as you have no grip whatever on English.

"I would like too see you poor like rats, and then maybe look what is funny and what not. I really hope you will die slowly and alone"

I appreciate your concern for those less fortunate. You may not have a sense of humor but you do have the spirit of giving about you… Merry Christmas!

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger Sean said...

Wow, well, I don't know if it is for real or not, but that is some pretty funny stuff...as for being born in a poor or rich country, that doesn't give people the right to break the law, why not do it the legal way? I think the immigration issue down south is a problem that will never go away...sad indeed

 
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At 4:30 PM, Blogger q-_-p Víctor H. said...

Hi, I'm a Mexican engineer, and I Live here in México, I was living with a 2 girls from Fresno and Michigan, it was a great experience for both, they have now a new diferent vision about USA from the outside, and it's incredible, how the people like you change the mind of yours, the article don't say the true, please don´t manipulate the info, don't be like your president bush, and let the people know the real true about this... (and then some people like you in America ask "Why... Why the shit happens (9/11)".

Two source for your info..
Mexican Source (The original history) it's a PDF file.
http://www.sre.gob.mx/tramites/consulares/guiamigrante/default.htm

Yankee Source
http://www.americanpatrol.com/AID_ABET/MEXICO/MexiBookTranslation.html

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

q-_-p Víctor H,

Yes? Well oil you person arr sneaky at those border. Howe dair person like you krystalize me the way? You are citizen of country, probably not. As for girls they may be legal two, maybe not. A people like you no tell true.

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark.

oej

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger SheaNC said...

That's funny, Kerry. Since you and I have (briefly) discussed immigration before in one of your earlier posts, you know what I am going to say:

Why not follow up this brochure with the one designed by the US Department of Labor (Texas Office) explaining to business owners and wealthy Americans how they can obtain cheap, easily manipulated laborers from foreign countries? Maybe eliminate all those annoying extra costs like overtime pay, health benefits, osha standards, etc.? Let's not forget the section of the brochure offering tips for these Americans on how to avoid getting caught hiring illegal immigrant, subverting immigration laws, violating tax laws, labor laws, and employees' civil rights.

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

SheaNC,

It's unfathomable isn't it? It's hard for me to believe there are that many people so greedy as to sell out their fellow citizens and their own country this way.

As long as this has been going on and since it has become infinitely worse lately, causing a myriad of domestic and social problems, many Americans are only beginning to wake up to the situation.

Critical mass is approaching on this and it will likely elect whomever champions the issue the next president.

Best,

Kerry

 
At 1:33 AM, Blogger SheaNC said...

Ah, but you know, I'm one of those new converts to conspiracy theories who is now convinced that we won't be actually electing anyone anymore... that is, not anyone who isn't already intended to be installed by the "powers that be" (which ain't us)...

I guess the irony will be when illegal immigrants' jobs are outsourced to India.

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

"I'm one of those new converts to conspiracy theories who is now convinced that we won't be actually electing anyone anymore... that is, not anyone who isn't already intended to be installed by the "powers that be" (which ain't us)..."

Yes. I'm concerned about this as well. If that's the case, not much we do matters. I'm operating on the theory that what we do does matter. I do this in the hope that I will not learn otherwise.

"I guess the irony will be when illegal immigrants' jobs are outsourced to India."

I have a feeling we'd see more action on that situation should the illegals demand it. I can hear it now...

"The lives of poor people who are just trying to better themselves are being victimized by greedy corporations and unfair trade laws."

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger SheaNC said...

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At 3:30 PM, Blogger SheaNC said...

[slightly edited :)]

"I'm operating on the theory that what we do does matter. I do this in the hope that I will not learn otherwise."

When I am not being pessimistic, I operate on that theory too. Here's hoping we're right, because the alternative is like a plot from a bad sci-fi movie. Hey, maybe it's both: what we do does matter, but the majority of "we" just want to be pacified while the evil bastards of the world are given free reign.

"I have a feeling we'd see more action on that situation should the illegals demand it. I can hear it now... 'The lives of poor people who are just trying to better themselves are being victimized by greedy corporations and unfair trade laws.'"

Irony indeed, if illegal immigrants' hollering resulted in improving the lot for legal citizens. Hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore!

Recently I had a conversation with a bother-in-law who swears that illegal immigrants are given $25,000 and a house when they arrive here. I swear, he believes exactly that! So I asked a legal immigrant (from India) who I work with if immigrants, legal or otherwise, received any assistance when they arrived. She said no, you can't even come here without a sponsor and some guarantee of income or at least potential income. She said it takes a lot of money to legally immigrate to the states. Now, we all heave heard stories of illegals' receiving aid (welfare/food stamps/etc), but they have to cheat to do it, because aid is not legally provided to illegals (I work for a county agency and previously for a state agency so I am familiar with the welfare scene).

I am ignorant about the actual requirements of legal immigration and citizenship... so I need to study up on that before I can really say this or that about it. My position is that legal immigration is okay, but illegal immigrants are lawbreakers no matter how sorry I am for their plight, and as you know, I blame the illegal immigrants' employers, too. But I'll tell you, I have seen mexican immigrants whose situation is so sad, so pitiful, that I really believe a little human kindness and charity to help them get on their feet and share our bounty as independent citizens sure seems like the right thing to do. Don't worry, us state & county workers do not bend the rules for them. We just remember their faces when we consider how much wealth is pissed away in casinos while some people have to decide whether or not to eat the family dog.

By the way, I thought of another brochure to produce: One advertising an adventure trek (must have the word "extreme" in the title) where they try walking across the Mojave desert with nothing but a gallon jug of water. Has anyone reading this ever tried walking across the desert for even one day? One WHOLE day? It is not something to be taken lightly. Those who try it might gain a new appreciation for clawing desperation, and struggling hope, of the Mexican "wetback."

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger The Golden Champion said...

quit worrying about spain and more about posting some pictures of us getting wasted last night

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger B2 said...

I saw that too, and had it on my site. Nice to see someone else who appreciates irony.

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Ed said...

So ... tell me. Are your "translations" an attempt at humor, or are you trying for disinformation? If the former, it's not really that funny. If the latter, it's worse.

The purpose of this brochure is a way to say, "If you're going to do it anyway, we can't stop you. But, if you read this, you will stand a much better chance of SURVIVING the trip." We do the same thing in the US when we give away free clean needles to drug addicts or condoms to prostitutes. (I know the government doesn't really do it, but non-governmental organizations often do.)

Just because you can't prevent someone from engaging in illegal activity doesn't mean you should stop caring if they live or die. Do you hate illegal immigrants so much that you would rather they die than pick vegetables in this country? Of course not. So be realistic. The Mexican government is trying to keep its citizens alive. If only our government did the same thing for us.

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

"The Mexican government is trying to keep its citizens alive."

Pure crappola. The Mexican government is trying to rid itself of its peasants - the very ones who would attempt a revolution - by exporting them to the United States. This way Mexico can remain a two-class system, the very rich and the working poor.

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger SheaNC said...

Hmm, "a two-class system, the very rich and the working poor." Now the puszzle pieces fit together... the republicans are trying to achieve the same two-class system as Mexico, so Bush encourages Mexican nationals to come to the US, gives them amnesty in exchange for their votes after they gain citizenship, the GOP corporatocracy gets what it wants, the Mexicans are in familiar surroundings... a win-win situation for both, ay?

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Ed said...

Then why do most of the illegal immigrants only come to the US to work, rather than live? Or do you really think that migrant workers living 20 to a trailer consider themselves to be in the lap of luxury, just because they're in the US? Of course not. They do it because they don't have a choice.

Give me a break, man. You sound just like the people who tried to keep our Irish, Scottish, English, German and Eastern European ancestors from coming here, even if it meant that they starved to death in their home countries, and when they couldn't keep them from coming, screwed them over 96 ways from Sunday.

You ever wonder why so many Mexicans try to come here nowadays? You can thank NAFTA and American agribusiness. NAFTA opened Mexico up to (heavily subsidized) agribusiness. That meant that large American farm companies could undercut Mexican farmers and put them out of business. Once that happened, large numbers of the population were given two choices (three if you count starving to death): Either try to get a crappy job in a factory as unskilled labor or try to get a job in the States working for the same people who put them out of business in the first place. They don't come here to screw over American workers. They come here because American corporations screwed them over.

Not to sound like a hippie, but if you really want to curb illegal immigration, try to keep large corporations from wrecking the economies of third world countries and then exploiting the newly-desperate workforce. Until then, don't complain when they do what they have to do.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

Okay Ed, let's take your pontifications one at a time:

"Then why do most of the illegal immigrants only come to the US to work, rather than live?"

Most only come here to work? Which white and upscale area – apparently completely insulated from the outside world -- do you live? "Most" are coming here to stay and take jobs from Americans for less money.

"You sound just like the people who tried to keep our Irish, Scottish, English, German and Eastern European ancestors from coming here..."

Funny you should mention this aspect; the ones suffering from this invasion, encouraged by corporations and the Bush administration are those of the countries you mentioned AND those legal immigrants from Asia and Africa (you're the bleeding heart... why aren't you concerned about immigrants from Sudan? There's a desperation story).

I'm not against immigrants at all. But the Bush Administration is flouting laws in favor of cheap labor from Mexico at the expense of those from other countries who would come here to BE AMERICANS legally.

Legal immigrants from nations other than Mexico are being denied access to the US at the same time this invasion is going on.

"They don't come here to screw over American workers. They come here because American corporations screwed them over."

That wouldn’t surprise me at all. However, they are still lawbreakers.

Bush has instigated all of this in order to benefit corporations. You are right about NAFTA having much to do with this. Although NAFTA has made it much easier to gain entry.

The agribusiness aspect of your argument is one I have not heard before. I’d appreciate some corresponding literature on this if there is any available (in English, please).

The Mexican immigrants are coming here with no allegiance to America at all. Their first act in our country is to break the law. They do not want to be Americans, they refuse to speak the language and they do not respect the laws or customs. You want this kind of immigrant? If so, you must be one of the criminal and treasonous Americans who employs them at the expense of everyone else.

"Not to sound like a hippie, but if you really want to curb illegal immigration, try to keep large corporations from wrecking the economies of third world countries and then exploiting the newly-desperate workforce. Until then, don't complain when they do what they have to do."

Ed, you are probably a Hippie (I wasn’t one, BTW). A Hippie would argue in favor of breaking the law or attempt to justify others doing so. In your previous post you argued that we should do or allow everything to be done to help those who break the law by showing them how not to die while they are breaking the law. Perhaps a brochure for Muslim terrorist on how not to blow themselves up while preparing a bomb would be okay with you.

"Wreck the economies of third-world countries"? Pssst, Ed, they are THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES! Their economies have been "wrecked" for years. This is mostly because these third-world countries are run by tinhorn dictators who keep the ruling class rich and the peasants, well... peasants. We aren't "forcing" them to come here. We are allowing them to come here.

What ever happened to the idea that we would encourage Mexico to improve its economy? Are we just settling for them wrecking ours now?

“… but if you really want to curb illegal immigration…and then exploiting the newly-desperate workforce. Until then, don't complain when they do what they have to do.”

Firstly, thanks to Bush and corporations, Americans are the “newly-desperate workforce.” Secondly, if corporations are to be stopped from “exploiting” the masses, as you say in your Hippiese, I think the best way is to hire a president who is not in their back pocket.

Thirdly… I’ll say any damn thing I feel like.

Regards,

Kerry

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

Dude, the big surprise for me here is that the Mexican government outsourced the drawing in this panphlet to Jack Chick - famous for his bible tracts!

Who said NAFTA was bad?

(*)>

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger BillyBudd said...

Laugh it up Chuckleheads, they aren't moving to your town! It would seem silly if it wasn't such a blatant slap in the face to all Americans. Here in Arizona it has reached epidemic level. GWB where the hell are you on this?

 
At 10:07 PM, Blogger q-_-p Víctor H. said...

GWB got Halliburton here in México and others Oil companies...

Maybe your president bush is selling your country and he don't try nothing again the mexicans cuz he got some great bussiness here and inside the USA. I live here in Mexico and I have the same oportunity, i work here and I have all the same services that you have (Internet/Sat TV/ISDN/GSM/Digital TV/VoIP Phones/College) So, i guess maybe the mexican's rednecks wanna do the jobs that the American's rednecks don't want because maybe they believe, they don't diserve that kind of misery.

(I'm talking about rednecks like people who don't mmm forget about it, you know what i try to say)

We do all the Dirty jobs. I recently got an offer to work in the Sillicon Valley, someone like you want to hire me, Why don't choose an American? Don't have the skills?, I don't know,I knew a lot of good americans developers and software engineers, but i love my country and i'm gonna stay here. Here in Mérida, Yuc, Mex. We make software to export to the USA to honeywell. See the Microsoft's people Most of the people are inmigrants (Hotmail is hindú, Xbox Japanesse) It's just a diferent mind i guess, a new attitude, be more open to the new global culture.

here in México i hear an Americans companies hire too many people with a temporally visa to work for 6 months in specials places like a prison in the US just work and this is hide for the american eyes.

For me it's common...

I don't wanna figth, I just want to interchange ideas, i'm worry about the situation, I speak and write in your language please don't write provocative comments about me, I Don't have your age, I respect people like you.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

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At 10:47 PM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

q-_-p Víctor H,

Okay. I respect and appreciate your comments.

The issue of how we best protect and guard our nation, or how many immigrants we can absorb, is OUR problem, not yours. It's also not the fault of most of the Mexican people.

The reason, as I see it, that so many from your country come here is because there is no opportunity — or not enough — in Mexico. From my standpoint, this cannot be denied. Why else would they come here?

The ultimate question, to me, is whether or not the people who govern Mexico care about their own countrymen. While appearing altruistic this brochure, which is the source of contention on this post, is really an encouragement of the poorer among you to leave Mexico for the United States.

But this isn't really the issue or the answer.

What will your country do? Will it stand up for its own citizens and make living conditions in Mexico better for its people? Or, will it prompt the people who suffer from depression to simply leave the country?

The answer is not the United States. The answer is with the patriots of Mexico. The answer lies with the young ones like you.

For years the debate in this country has been how to coerce Mexico to move its economy forward, so that more of its citizens would want to stay there. But, this isn't our business or our responsibility. It is yours.

The fact is that we have a long and shared history with your country. You are a part of us. But this relationship is being soured by hard times there and also here. This is something we should not share but rise above.

Whether the people of Mexico want to continue to come here or not isn't the issue. The issue is a better life for the citizens of Mexico.

Whether or not we resolve our own issues yours cannot be dismissed. You and others need to resolve them. The problem is not leaving with your people.

The ruling class of Mexico refuses to progress according to the needs of its citizens. It should be forced to do so by the patriots of Mexico.

It isn't easy but it can be done.

I wish you the best in that.

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger killthesmiley said...

not sure what to believe about this. doesn't seem to realistic. and if it is...something doesn't seem right. none of it adds up. so either the translation is messed..or its a fake

 
At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this was a joke as well, but I found it in other locations, and in english.

This is truly sad, but the Republican's want to make sure there is always someone to do the menial labor in the US.

DAMN!

tracyv

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Ed said...

Fox,

To clear up some misconceptions, I'm a 29 year old U.S. Army veteran who spent most of his tour in South American and Southern California. Now, I live in Kentucky, where we have a lot of immigrant laborers, legal and illegal. They mostly do farm work, the kind of hot, dirty, low-paying work that I grew up doing. They weren't here when I left, but they're here now for two reasons. First, the farmers who hire them can't find anyone else to do the work for what they can afford to pay (the pay is about the same now as it was when I was a kid). Second, the farms these guys used to work have been put out of business by corporate farms.

Now, maybe it's because we're far enough away from the border that we don't have a flood of migrants, but from what I've seen, the majority of the migrant labor is made up of hard-working people who just want a chance to provide for their families back home. They got handed a pretty raw deal by their government, but they're doing the best they can.

The raw deal in question is NAFTA, which I could rail about for hours. Suffice it to say, I won't. NAFTA was passed because our corrupt government made a deal with Mexico's corrupt government to screw over a lot of poor people, ours and theirs. What you see now is a direct result of that. However, complaining about the Mexican government won't do you any good at this point. NAFTA is a treaty, and the Mexican government can't get out of it without risking serious ecomonic penalties being levelled by the US. However, if the US government decides that NAFTA is no longer on their best interests, it will just ignore it, with little or no adverse consequences. So, if things are going to change, it will have to happen in Washington.

You and I don't really disagree on the fact that too many immigrants are coming from Mexico into this country. We disagree as to what the immigrants are coming here for, maybe. And we definitely disagree as to what the Mexican government is trying to accomplish by putting out this pamphlet.

I maintain that it's a grudging acknowledgement that the Mexican government cannot stop the flow of illegal immigrants, but doesn't think that people should die just because they tried to enter the US illegally. Your opinion is yours, but when you parody/falsify the contents of the pamphlet, you're not doing anyone any good.

For the record, the pamphlet includes basic common-sense safety information. At no point does it advocate or condone illegal immigration. For those who don't read Spanish, allow me to clarify: The Spanish text and the translations that follow are made up. I thought I'd mention it here because you haven't acknowledged it yourself. I meant to bring it up before, but I thought that would be too obvious, although it wasn't obvious to the coworker who sent me the link to your post.

At any rate, I don't want to keep this up, so this is my last comment on this thread. As the original poster, you're welcome to the last word. Salud.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Kerry R. Fox said...

"For the record, the pamphlet includes basic common-sense safety information. At no point does it advocate or condone illegal immigration."

That's ridiculous on its face. The manual explains how to sneak in safely but also provides details on how to avoid detection. I didn't refer to this in my post but the pamphlet also has extensive listings of the phone numbers and addresses of every organization imaginable that aids in financing and hiding illegal aliens, both covertly and blatantly.

You are correct… I have my opinion and my opinion is that the brochure is a “how to” one for illegal immigrants.

“For those who don't read Spanish, allow me to clarify: The Spanish text and the translations that follow are made up. I thought I'd mention it here because you haven't acknowledged it yourself. I meant to bring it up before, but I thought that would be too obvious, although it wasn't obvious to the coworker who sent me the link to your post.”

For the record: The link to the Mexican government’s brochure is at the top of my post. Any perusal of this link at all should show that neither the Spanish text nor the “English translation” I posted is in any way similar to that of the one in the brochure.

How much of an exaggeration did it really need to be for it to be obvious?

Perhaps the problem is that it came too close to many truths.

The attitude in my parody is one that takes a swipe at the Mexican government, as I believe their attitude is similar.

At any rate, I did not acknowledge it because I believed it to be fairly obvious.

This person you know that thought it was the actual brochure… they don’t work for our Immigration Department do they?

 

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