I’ll tell you a riddle. You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?
For those trying to reach the Mexico-American border it really doesn’t matter where the train goes, as long as it takes them towards their goal: the United States.
Hundreds of Mexicans hitchhike on the roofs of railroad cars in Arriaga, in southern Mexico to reach the border.
But Mexicans aren’t the only ones trying to reach the Mexican-US border.
Migrants from Central America are increasingly trying to enter the Promise Land. Which means making their way through Mexico first.
American arrests of illegal crossers from countries other than Mexico — mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — more than doubled along the southwest border of the United States last year, to 94,532 from 46,997 in 2011.
Yet, Despite this fifty percent plus increase, Mexico refuses to successfully control their Central American border.
The New York Times describes Mexico’s Central American border as “porous.”
Which is probably an understatement…
Mexican border police don’t arrest those trying to cross the border because they don’t have the resources. The police would have to feed and house those they arrested until immigration officials arrived.
Something they can’t do with their limited funds.
And funds are not the only thing that keeps Mexican border police from doing their job. Sometimes it’s just plain incompetence and negligence.
Many Central Americans cross the border into Mexico right under the noses of the police.
Not to mention, border checkpoints that are either barely manned or completely empty.
This is in light of the fact that The United States “has provided equipment and other assistance to help shore up Mexico’s southern border.”
But many in Mexico are conflicted about their Central American border.
Many here see migrants as Latin American brethren who need humanitarian assistance as they pass through on their journey north. Yet there is also growing concern that migrants may stay longer in Mexico as its economy picks up and it becomes harder to cross into the United States.
Not to mention, these Latin American brethren also face robbers, rapists, and corrupt police authorities as they travel across Mexico’s southern border.
All to escape the dangers and poverty of their home-land…
Which also means that they come here… to the US… illegally.
And Mexico is doing a pathetic job at stopping them. One could say they’re not even trying.
So how can the US fix the current immigration problem if our neighbor is “adding to the noise”?
I don’t really know.
It’s kinda hard to bale water out of a sinking ship when the guy next to you is enlarging the hole in the side of the boat.
At some point, your efforts are not going to be enough to keep the boat afloat.
And you sink… the end.
But the situation could be turned around if you take yourself out of the equation.
You could get a boat and paddle away. Leaving the man to ultimately sink himself.
Harsh, yes. But the US can’t keep trying to fix Mexico’s problem while simultaneously trying to fix our problems.
Mexico is bleeding you dry.
Will you stay in this situation, or will you push yourself out?
~ God bless