Our Colombian correspondent Diego returns with an essay about the immigration crisis on the southern border of the United States, from a Latin American perspective.
Traicion a la Mejicana
Yes, I have deliberately chosen this archaic spelling of the Spanish demonym for Mexico… now on to the important matters.
I must admit it hurts me when I see that most of the news about immigration here in South America is, as you could imagine, about Hispanic immigrants into the USA. Now, as a Latin American myself, I am sympathetic to their plight. While my own life standard would be considered decent for a middle-class US citizen, many people here do not have such comfort.
I have seen it when I head to university: homeless people sleeping right in front of the Palacio de Nariño… it is as if there were homeless people sleeping on the lawn of the White House. In such conditions, I would want to go there as well.
There is also the issue of the Venezuelan upper and middle classes leaving their country, most of them legally, of course. I can also see how in the end, the actions of some illegals (those who dedicate themselves to crime once they arrive in the US) have caused in some cases such visceral reactions from the locals. I can certainly understand, after all, that they see us now as an existential threat.
However, as a Latin American, I can also see the issues between the United States and the so-called “brother peoples”. I can see how the people here are, at best, apathetic about the USA, and an ever-growing number are openly hostile. There is a growing number who do not seem to know that Economic Communism does not work (for God’s, sake look at Cuba! look at Venezuela!). And barely anyone knows how much our safety depends on the well-being of our big northern neighbor.
We Latin Americans have an obsession with blaming the USA instead of the incompetence of our leaders. How do you think Maduro is able to go away with his “The Empire is sabotaging us” rhetoric? it is something that is deeply embedded in our culture by now. And it is sad, because I, as a Latin American, can also see where that goes.
Another man who saw the same path was George Friedman. While I despise his underestimating the Arab Disaster, his book, The Next Hundred Years, closes with an interesting and frightening scenario. The Mexican economy improves over the century, but the immigrants keep going. Then Mexico creates congressional seats for Mexicans in the USA, and eventually this leads to secessionist movements among the new majority of the US Southwest, leading to WWIV (WWIII is on the 2050s) and a second US Civil War. My only problem with that prediction is with the date: he sets that last part somewhere after 2090…
I find it sad, and painful how we, the sons and daughters of those brave men and women who gave their lives to see the Moors expelled from Iberia (here in Colombia there is a substantial proportion of people with the surname “Matamoros”, which basically means “Moor Slayer”) now regard a petty dispute over events that happened, at the most, fifty years ago, as more important than an existential threat to all of Western Civilization, of which we are an offshoot: the nexus between FARC and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, and now the apparent nexus between the Mexican Cartels (none other than the so called Knights Templar, in a twist of cruel irony to that noble organization of the Middle Ages) to the Islamic State.
We South Americans have not had a good history with the United States, but if there is anything good at uniting countries with cultural ties yet with bad blood between them, it is a common enemy. For example, look how it worked for France and Britain after 1870. Sadly, US leaders refuse to acknowledge the real enemy, and Latin American leaders are actually fraternizing with them! It fills me with rage while I am on my way to one of my favorite restaurants to see the house of the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a nation Colombia should not have any kind of ties to. My rage is even greater when I hear about the “Palestinian Diplomatic Committee”, or when the media treat them as actual ambassadors. I have seen so many “Free Palestine” posters and graffiti, not on some odd neighborhood, but inside my own university, set up by the people of the “Polo Democratico” a leftist party.
South and Central America are lands of lost opportunities. Brazil could have modernized in the early 1900s, and today it would be on par with China or the EU. If Colombia had a stronger central government during its federalist phase, we could have avoided the bloodshed of the 1000 days war, the poverty that followed, and the most recent outbreak of inter-party violence in 1948.
I am one of those who believe that we would be better off today had Mexico won the war, but that does not mean that the result should be reversed; quite the opposite, the status of the borders must be maintained and not allowed to shift.
As much as it hurts me as a South American to say this, and as much as it draws criticism from my fellow Hispanics, I believe that the US Government is obligated to deport the illegal immigrants, with no mercy given to those who dedicate themselves to a life of crime (maybe some mercy could be shown towards those who prove that they are actually working hard and not in illegal activities… maybe, but not citizenship).
And, drawing further rage from my fellow Hispanics, I also must say that, in my opinion at least, the United States has no real obligation to bail our nations out. We can do it ourselves, and we must do it ourselves. This is because the United States is not responsible for our problems; the real people who hold that responsibility are ourselves.
My people, as Hispanics, must look back, and then look forward, we must get out of our self-pity and our obsession with blaming those who are richer than us, and get to work on improving the conditions we live under. I am sure that, if that happens, not only will the illegal immigration be drastically reduced into the USA, but maybe, just maybe, we could get along.
Previous posts by Diego:
|2015||Mar||19||The Islamization of South America|
|23||On Rome, Russia and Multiculturalism