The Inevitable Crossing

The Inevitable Crossing

Why does the United States continue to bother with deporting the same individuals over and over again? Has it not yet become clear that Illegal Mexican Immigrants will find their way back after being deported at high cost to the American taxpayer, practically each and every time caught? The real expense is not allowing them to stay; with many whom believe The United States, to be their rightful homeland; often times actually having been born in the United States. “The New York Times journalist, Damien Cave, visited and interviewed one such individual in the city of Agua Prieta, Mexico. The border-crosser had a wife, an American son, and three brothers still living in the U.S.A., and vowed to get back to them by any means possible.”

It stands to reason that once in the U.S.A., Mexican people will see the difference in how much better they can survive, and create a prosperous lifestyle for their families, providing a top quality education for their children and, later, maybe even them-selves. Eventually, even Rome saw that those whom they had called “barbarians” wanted to be able to live like the Romans lived, which accounted for the wars upon Rome itself.

Many Mexicans today, want what Americans enjoy. Our lawmakers today can alleviate the distress by creating new Immigrant streamlining of the legal process, making the paperwork, less intimidating, less costly, and more expeditious for Mexicans with no criminal records in Mexico. Those, whom truly desire to be upstanding taxpaying citizens of the United States, should be allowed to do so, and be encouraged by all to take that first small step. By eliminating the tag criminal,” to cross United States Border without proper documentation, these good people would not be classified as criminals, and could greatly contribute to our country.

Human Rights

Fred Galloway

D600/4298

Ken Smith

28 February, 2012.

 

Human Rights & the Illegal Mexican

Immigrant

In the United States, according to the 2010 Census Brief on The Hispanic Population, released in May of 2011, the largest ethnicity was reportedly “Mexican,” or “Mexican-American,” or “Chicano” and is estimated at 31 million, 798 thousand, and 258 persons of Mexican origin living within the United States. People reporting themselves as “Mexican” had actually increased from a dynamic 58.5% in Census Year 2000 to 63% in Census Year 2010. (Census 2010, The Hispanic Population Census Brief, Table #1, page 3).  While those figures may seem large, there is no way to know exactly how many individuals are in the United States illegally (non-documented). It is a social and psychological struggle to build new lives in a foreign land, which many times do not really want you there. It is a sign of a strong individual to try to better themselves against all odds.

According to Olga L. Mejia, M.A., the author of an article entitled “Immigration: A Dynamic Process” published in the American Psychology Association, who wrote:

The psychological stress put upon these individuals is immense, from the emigrating to the border between The U.S.A. and Mexico, to managing a sometimes stealthily and tremendously expensive crossing of the border into Texas, and California, and other border cities north of the border. This means learning a new language, growing accustomed to changes in their diets, creating new communities while trying to keep some of the customs of the region from which they immigrated, adjusting to new customs foreign to them and trying to acculturate into American Society, adopting those customs and rules as their own. The hardest of these stressors would undoubtedly be trying to forget those relatives and friends that had chosen to stay behind in Mexico (Mejia, 2007).

The 2010 Census Report: South Bend-St. Joseph County Community Overview, published in April 2011, prepared by: City of South Bend Department of Community & Economic Development, Division of Community Development states:

which shows that the Mexican/Hispanic population of the city, has gained over the years 2000-2010, from 9 thousand 1 hundred and 10 persons in Census 2000 to 13 thousand, 1 hundred and 16 persons in the Census 2010. Mishawaka, Indiana, jumped to 2 thousand, 1 hundred and 75 in the Census of 2010, as compared to Census 2000 figures showing 1 thousand, 2 hundred and 97 persons. County-wide diversity increased mostly due to the growth of Mexican communities in South Bend. The cities for the most part lost populations, mostly white populations, moving to other areas for the suburbs (2010 Census Report).

A problem in some communities is derived a lack of knowledge of Mexican culture and unfortunately, from maltreatment by Americans, whom feel that finding a job, any job, will be filled by Mexicans willing to work for lower wages. Students coming from Mexico worry about fitting into the American educational system, lacking an appropriate level of language proficiency are also a worry. The stress comes from putting up with the mistrust of their non-Mexican neighbors. All of these stressors contribute to the dread and speed of acculturation that many Mexican Immigrants (legal and illegal); fight to maintain psychological balance in the hostile environment of America.

In conclusion, Americans could be more friendly and supportive of the feelings of Mexican Immigrants, whom did not come here to take away what we already have, but to build a more culturally diverse community, and ultimately achieve a better life for themselves. A smile and a friendly handshake can go a long way in the fight for acceptance and community building. The Mexicans, like us, want to make a better life for them-selves; help from Psychologists can be foregone, when we realize we, too, were at one time, immigrants to this land! A little cooperation goes a long, long way to mutual acceptance.

 

 

 

 

The Intention t…

The Intention to Break Up

Illegal Mexican Immigrant Families

 

As a result of my research I have come across very little about the efforts to separate parents of naturalized Mexican-American children, but I am convinced that it happens extremely often due to the efforts of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), a department under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security. I say this, because at least one of the parents, sometimes both parents is an undocumented Mexican immigrant. The offspring born in the U.S. are automatically citizens of the United States. Sometimes they can be placed with a legal Mexican American family, hopefully a close relative and rarely are they allowed immigrating to Mexico with their birth parents. Of course, that means a separation of siblings to foster homes, sometimes different foster homes, with the intention of adoption by suitable American couples. One must ask whether this is a suitable resolution to the problem of how to adequately care for the well- being of the children, especially ones that are old enough to understand what is being perpetrated upon them and anger issues henceforth.

The Child Protective Service system does in the majority of cases honestly attempt to insure that the foster homes are adequate for the needs of the children.  The case workers are genuinely concerned that placement of these children is advantageous for a successful transition to American life. In the cases of very young children, many are adopted by American couples that cannot conceive children of their own naturally. These children are the luckiest group, while elder children are often not adopted, but will remain in foster-care until they reach sufficient age to strike out on their own.

 In conclusion, at the age of majority many of these children have lost almost all of their ability to speak the Mexican Spanish dialects, and feel lost between two worlds, not knowing to which they truly belong. Many have adopted an alternate mode of speech, known as Spanglish, which is a combination of both American and Mexican Spanish dialects. If ever they visited Mexico, or any Spanish speaking country, a majority of the people would not understand them, due to the adulteration of Mexican Spanish dialects. They look Mexican, but are not fully accepted by the Mexican population. 

Poverty Rising among Non-documented Mexican Immigrants

Poverty High for

The Non-documented

Mexican Immigrant

 

 

Not much of a surprise for the majority of concerned citizens of the United States! In fact, the Chicago tribune ran an article called “Regaining ground, but with more to make up.” It states that “other recent research says that there are more Latino children in poverty than any other group right now in the nation . . .” This is just one of the many articles that connect the undocumented Mexican (Latino) population with the low socio-economic symptom of poverty within the United States today.

When the subject of poverty rears its ugly head, one immediately looks to the poorest of the poor, namely the ethnic groups that have crossed the American border with Mexico. The largest group of which are native Mexicans by birth. What can one do when he/she finds the joblessness situation and poverty in their homeland unbearable? It should come as no surprise that Mexican families might find migration to a more prosperous area a real necessity for the survival of the family.

Granted not all non-documented Mexicans which cross the border illegally are virtuous individuals. Every ethnicity has its criminal element. Persons of Western European lineage have more than their fair share of convicted criminals sitting in U.S. correctional institutions, along with persons of every other ethnicity. How much of this criminal activity is attributed from living in poverty? No one can give an absolute answer to this query, not the state or federal government that is a certainty. One might say well according to the most recent United States Census statistics it is this many individuals. However, undocumented immigrants in the U.S. do not always come out of hiding to be counted, being afraid of showing up on the I.C.E. list of undocumented charts. So, the Governmental figures are rarely accurate and apparently nothing can be done about it. It is a foregone conclusion that the poverty rates will continue to rise for non-documented Mexican families as more and more are arriving daily.

Continued research on Undocumented Mexican Immigrants

My search for more documentation concerning the plight of non-documented Mexican family units is ongoing. I have found so many examples from my Google Alerts which give voices to the plight of this particular ethnic group (the largest within the label “Latinos/Hispanics”). I have also found some peer reviewed Journal articles, contained within the library here on campus, which should help me to better understand the Mexican cultural norms transplanted here in the United States by the ever-growing Mexican communities, which have taken hold across the United States.

Disagreement

Disagreement over Hispanic Immigration Reform

 

 

The issue of possible Immigration Reform looms heavily throughout American society, and could decide who our next President will be. Be assured whomever is chosen will have the Hispanic voting block to thanked for it. Being the second largest minority and heading for the title of largest minority group in America, Hispanics have the pivotal and loudest issue of Immigration Reform to ensure that America does not close its’ border with Mexico. For as many bloggers, newspapers, and periodicals to address the issue, it must be of extreme importance to the United States of America, to settle sooner rather than later. 

To deny that there exist a highly dangerous criminal element that of drug shipments of illegal controlled substances arriving in some Mexican and also American cities along the border is futile. As for the criminal crossing the border illegally, I am not certain that there should not be an alteration of the present law, which now makes anyone that crosses the border without legal documentation automatically a criminal. It takes an extreme amount of courage to do so, for at times there are circumstances, which make the crossing a matter of life and death for the perpetrators. Joblessness and threats of drug cartel smugglers are an ever present danger to the Mexican illegal immigrants’ lives.

There also exist the possibility that other members of their family are already living in the U.S., and in the absence of a quicker streamlined method of procurement of legal documentation, they are forced into breaking the laws of the complex system in place to reunite in America. Many of our lawmakers claim to advocate stronger enforcement procedures by local, state, and federal officials in defense of the existing immigration and naturalization legislation. Several states have already proposed arbitrary traffic stops under the guise of minor infractions, that a Caucasian person would not be stopped for, let alone be detained in a jail on the border awaiting deportation. I guess the law should be reviewed and updated to fit in with our modern day to day lives. Productive Hispanic members of our society should be allowed to stay. The question is can the American voter accept current logic attached to the matter? Let us all examine our hearts and   motives concerning this volatile set of circumstances. 

The Mexican coworker

The Illegal Mexican Immigrant

In the American Workplace

 

 

            The hardworking illegal Mexican immigrant is indeed a wonder to work with, and should be allowed to have a valid visa to work in the United States.  I have had the privilege to work with several in my own unskilled worker lifetime, and found no problems with their work ethic. They arrive on time and do not miss work days. They work exceptionally hard from when they clock in and continue to do so until their work shift ends. A more hard-charging group of workers would be hard to match in any other ethnic group. Their demeanor was always friendly and cooperative, no matter how hard the task assigned. I felt privileged to work with them, because I always knew they would as hard as I did on my shift and I knew that they would not complain. What more could any employer ask for in a worker?

            The problem was keeping the illegal workers without proper documentation. A bureaucratic mandate to fire them if they could not produce Social Security cards within two weeks of hire. Who really lost in such a situation? Was it the company owner or the immigrant? The answer is obviously both of them! Hard-workers are difficult to find, and they put out a quality product that any company owner would proudly proclaim to be one of his own. The company owner and the union representing his workers were the real losers! In all fairness to the company owners I worked for; there was no discrepancy between what I made and what the Mexican laborers were being paid. Fair pay, for all, was the company’s attitude.

            I can honestly say that I was very sorry to lose a co-worker that was a match for me on the job! I believed in putting out a quality product and so did my illegal Mexican workmates, and felt at a loss when they were let go. I told them I was sorry to lose them as co-workers as well as personal friends, and wished them well! It is my sincerest hope that they eventually became legal in the sight of the massive bureaucracy known now as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.