Friday, October 07, 2005

"Bordertown" - Everyone should know about it

I think it is outstanding that Jennifer is bringing attention to this horrific tragedy. Rolling Stone did a three part series on this a few years ago and it is absolutely shocking. I talked about it with a friend of mine (an immigration attorney with a very busy practice and an incredible mind) after I read the article, and he said "It's the police". Who else could do this and get away with it for so long? These girls are mostly picked off after a three hour bus ride from their very low paying jobs, in the dark of night, walking through the desert to get home. Bless you, Jennifer, as a Latina and as a woman, for bringing this to the attention of the general public. People are too concerned with the influx of immigrants in this country and their "impact" on the economy, and not concerned enough about what makes them want to leave their own country. What people don't realize, especially about illegal immigrants is, yes, they come here, steal social security numbers and work illegally. They also contribute to the tax base, pay into our Social Security fund (which money they will never, ever see), pay for their children to go to school, buy cars and houses and generally contribute to the economy as any other citizen does. Anyone who thinks they "don't belong" here should visit Central Mexico, or even Ciudad Juarez, which will make it clear that almost anywhere is a better place to raise a family. Mexico is a beautiful place with much to offer, but not every part of it resembles Cancun or Cabo San Lucas. The United States, Canada and Mexico are one contiguous continent and there should be an open door policy with all three nations. But, what do I know? I'm just a middle class white girl.