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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

I've been trading emails back and forth between a trooper I know down in SW Texas and a good friend that lives in the Big Bend area. I found myself sending the following in an email this afternoon:

Every time I hear about how stemming the tide of illegal immigration is impossible, I ask, "How do you know? We've never tried to do it, yet."

Every time I come across a bona fide mojado, who admits that he's an undocumented alien, who makes no bones about having come across illegally, I'm generally ready and willing to get his butt documented by his deportation process. But we're regularly being told that ICE won't bother with them unless we catch them with at least a Class B or greater crime.

Will a fence work? I don't know. Why don't we try it and see.

My friend who works at DPS licensing bureau is being told to accept Border Crossing Cards that are only supposed to be good 70 miles north of the border, to give honest-to-Gawd Texas ID cards, which then turn into licenses.

I'm dealing with El Paso insurance agents that are giving insurance to undocumented aliens, even though they don't have a Texas drivier's license, and the State Board of Insurance won't do anything about it. This is a shame, because if they don't have license or insurance, I can tow their car. If they only are missing one, I have to give them a ticket. (Dept. policy, which is common in many departments).

Given the rate at which we're devaluing the nation AND losing rescouces with regard to population, I have the solution: Annex Mexico. They should jump at the chance-- better quality of life, US dollar, Medicare, Social Security, better emergency response, etc. Even better environmental situation. In exchange, we get their resources, we move our southern border down to Guatamala (much easier to patrol), and we get 'em all documented and tax-paying.

I'm not sure I'm joking about this. Actually, I'm beginning to get pretty sure that I'm not joking.


The more I think about it, the more I like it. No more accusations of xenophobia. I don't want to export them-- I want to make them my countrymen! :)

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At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:12:00 AM, Blogger Pappy said...

Let's do it! There is some phenomenal hunting and fishing down there, and also some wonderful property for the snowbirds to hang out at during the winter.
only thing is to be fair we have to annex Canada also. Good hunting and fishing up there, could let people who can't handle summer heat to go north.
But now I'm seeing a problem. After about 5 or 6 years, all the previous "foreigners" would revolt because of the socialist paradise the US is gonna become after this next presidential election. It wouldn't be what they dreamed of as their paradise.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:51:00 AM, Blogger Lindsey said...

Where did this "undocumented alien" thing come from? Wasn't that on the list of words to ban this year? It's like calling a drug dealer an "undocumented pharmacist."

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Tam said...

...and once we have that added manpower, Canada will be a walkover!

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:50:00 PM, Blogger HollyB said...

And of course we have to extend ALL Constitutional rights to our new Citizens, correct? So all Canadians and Mexicans just became eligible to own firearms, subject to the laws their state legislatures now can pass under the 2nd Amendment.
Of course all the rich Mexicans who have been avoiding taxes under the corrupt Mexican political system are going to have to hire American Tax attorneys to try and shelter their wealth.
BUt, I think we can deal with that. They want to be Americans, they have to pay a flat 20% of their wealth THEN they can shelter yearly income like the rest of the Americans.
As for upgrading the infrastructure of Mexico...let the richer parts of Mexico pay for that BEFORE they can join the USA. The Canucks can join now.
I haven't worked out the rest of the bugs in your plan, but it is doable, I think.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:52:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

This would all be much easier to do if James K. Polk hadn't muddied the waters for us 160 years ago. People remember stuff like that.

Uh, Lindsey? What would you have me say? Alien means "a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization". They can certainly be documented. Our "green cards" (which aren't green) say "Resident Alien" on the face of them.

I'm told that "wetback" is pejorative. Okay. Well, I guess that means mojado is, even though that's what guys who cross the Rio Grande call themselves. Well, "illegals" is a little under-descriptive, and misses the point.

So I give up. I'm just not politically correct enough. What, Lindsey, should I call a person whose status here in the US is an offense due to the fact that he is not documented? What's the current correct term?

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 1:08:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

You're overthinking it, Holly. Just turn them into an instant territory, like Puerto Rico, with their 32 states still in place, which can petition for statehood individually. Yes, they'd get full citizenship and full rights. They'd be citizens. I don't have any problem with that-- I only have a problem with folks coming here, utilizing our country's infrastructure, then mailing their profits out of our country, and them never being accountable for it. I don't blame them-- I just want to fix the problem.

As for Canada-- screw it. The Baldwins have to have some place to flee the US to, as they seem to have trouble making flight plans to Paris.

At Thursday, February 14, 2008 10:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reality, annexing Mexico would be an abysmal idea. With corruption and Socialism so ingrained in their culture, it just doesn't sound like something we want to do. Do we REALLY want to add 32 New Jerseys to the Union?

At Thursday, February 14, 2008 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Naw, it's be more like adding another US Virgin Islands, but on a larger scale. They couldn't become states until we voted them in as such, independently. I figure Chihuahua would be a big first.

At Thursday, February 14, 2008 11:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been saying for years that all we really have to do to fix the immigration problem is to buy Mexico.

At Saturday, February 16, 2008 4:21:00 PM, Blogger Dioscuri said...

An intriguing idea. You may be on to something here. And for those skeptics who think people would notice and object, let's all remember how much attention most people pay to news of any actual importance or relevance. I can just see the legend "US Annexes Mexico" scrolling on the ticker at the bottom of a CNN newscast on Britney's psychiatrist.

Let's do it.


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