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UNcrossing the Border

During the Presidential debates, we continue to hear warnings about the "Mexicanization" of the US--a warning that whites may soon be in the minority and Spanish will become our lingua franca. But all this is irrelevant: We are having a REVERSE migration here right now, as Mexican immigrants--both legal and illegal--are crossing back across the border to their home country because it's where they can find JOBS, because when it comes to manufacturing, Mexico is rapidly becoming as important to the US economy as China.

Ten years ago, 800,000 Mexicans crossed the border every year to the US, mostly illegally. Today the flow is the other way.

In the October 15th edition of the Financial Times, Edward Luce writes:"Mexico is fast turning into America’s most important trading partner--and is already its second-largest export market. Yet the only context in which the country is mentioned on the campaign trail is drugs or illegal immigration. It is rare that reality and politics so sharply diverge."

This change is not only driven by the cost of oil, but by labor costs as well. As hard as it is to believe, Chinese workers are now paid MORE than Mexicans--the average Chinese worker earns 35 cents an hour, compared to $1.72 in Mexico.

The rise in the cost of oil also has a lot to do with it: Mexico is a lot closer than China.

So who is going to harvest our crops? Robots! In the October 15th edition of the Wall Street Journal, Owen Fletcher reports that robotics companies are developing technology that allows tractors to operate without a farmer behind the wheel. But this doesn't mean we won't still need labor laws! (Will robots eventually get their own Cesar Chavez?)

It's good to know that the healthy fruits and vegetables we need to stay slim will still be here tomorrow!

As a "Latino", (odd that I don't speak Latin, I prefer "Hispanic" since I do speak a moderate amount of SPANISH) I often get 'irate' (<---- another Latin-based word) that Mexicans and other "Latinos" are often the scapegoats to many of the frustrations of non-Hispanic Americans. I'm sorry to break it to you for those who are covertly anti-Mexican (despite that fact that you may be either white or black or other), but many Americans are unwilling to do the jobs that many immigrants (usually Mexicans) are willing to accept. And yes, they do come here for jobs, not for your land. Even though, I have never supported illegal immigration, many countries usually don't, Mexico included (I believe Mexico jails their own illegal immigrants coming from Central America with hefty jail time), I still believe Xenophobia should be left behind in the 20th century. It has no place in American society today.

The way certain Americans have treated Mexican immigrants and Mexican-AMERICANS, is virtually the same way the Irish and Italians were treated in the past. Protestants in the 19th century feared the takeover of America by "Catholic pagans" from afar. Sorry WASPS, it never happened. Did the Irish and Italians take over and carve America into their own little fiefdoms? --- No, unless you count Little Italy and that is mere a collection of neighborhoods.

There are 3rd generation Mexicans and other Hispanics that are wholly and completely AMERICANIZED, I'm one of them. I have no allegiance to Mexico or any other Spanish-speaking nation (even Puerto Rico, which I believe is an AMERICAN commonwealth and yes I'm half-Puerto Rican, how's them apples?) and I speak English as a first language (I didn't speak a word of Spanish until I was 15 and I STILL have trouble speaking Spanish). I was born in Texas and I talk with a regional Texan accent and unless you saw me at first glance, you wouldn't think for a second I was the stereotypical "Latino".

I can't wait to get back to my home in Baja Sur, Mexico. It's getting rainy and cold here in the SF Bay area, and my son and I built a home there 5 years ago and it was the best investment I ever made. I live very well down there. The locals are honest and friendly, the weather is perfect and there are lots of good things to do. Viva Mexico!

Any form of colonisation always results in a fight over land.

To my eye, as a Brit, Mexicans are largely devout Christians with strong family values and a willingness to work hard.

America? You're a long way off pitched battles across the plains of the mid West over territory or water rights. For the time being, I'd turn your concerns to the amount of water available locally, and also your proximity to fault lines.

Oddly, I've never wanted to visit America. You don't appear to have any genuine sense of culture or ingrained community spirit over there, though I am happy to be corrected on that. Here in Britain, especially in a small village like mine, you can feel the history and essence of the land and the indigenous people in the very air one breaths.

My Mother's side of the family have links to the village she grew up in for over a thousand years. Yes, a thousand years, give or take a century, from the time of the Norman conquest after 1066.

New England may be the closest thing to old America that still remains but how long will that last with these obsessive anti-American Presidents that you seem to love electing these days. ? Whatever happened to the bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval office, by the way...?

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