Re: Navarrette: Americans don't want these jobs
My son's best friend came here legally, with his parents, who were considered middle class in Mexico. It took them five years to finally get through the corrupt system in Mexico, along with the red tape from the US Government. His parents went totally bankrupt in their efforts to get the whole family to the US legally. There are only the three of them, parents & son. Paying attorneys, immigration officials, and waiting in line for the US to approve their legal entry was quite costly.
Unfortunately, not every Mexican family can afford to pay the powers that be, nor afford to feed their families during that costly wait. I can truly feel for the people who only want something better to provide their family. Somewhere they can make enough money to feed their children, and possibly have a dream of progressing, so their children can live a better life.
I know for a fact that I would do anything in my power to make it here to the US, if I was born into poverty somewhere in Mexico. This is the place to be! The United States of America, the greatest country on earth! Why wouldn't everyone want to be here?
I love the US! It's where I was born, my parents too. My grandparents were born in Mexico, all except my 99 year-old grandmother. Her uncle used to drive a stage coach through California. My grandfather, on my fathers side, walked across the border to live in the US. He made a life for his family in Santa Barbara. He never had any papers to show his citiszenship. Out of his 9 sons, my uncles, 7 proudly served in the US Military, including my father who was a crazy Marine!
My point, not all illegals are bad people. Some are tax paying people who just want a better life. They are not on welfare, and are too proud to go to the doctor if they cannot afford it. They make their children go to school and learn English as a way to better themselves in this great country. Just as my parents made us speak English only, in our house, my grandparents spoke Spanish. They did not want me to forget the culture and traditions of being a proud Mexican family. I wish there was an easy solution to this issue, but unfortunately there is not. I wish there were a proper system to legally enter the US from Mexico. Maybe that's where our politicians should spend more time, resolving the legal system, and working with their neighbor, rather than just building a fence and creating anymosity among human beings just because of their ethnicity. It is very hurtful to hear some comments that people make out of their anger and ignorance, not specifically on this forum, but in our free society. I really want to believe that if we knew each story, and had the opportunity to communicate person to person, that we might feel different. While I truly do not have the answer, I can hope for some understanding and compassion from my fellow Americans.