Mexico needs to give immigrants rights like US

March 2, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

While Democrats and Republicans play political hot potato over the issue of comprehensive immigration reform from the perspectives of securing the border to prevent future fence jumpers or garnering an unlimited pool of instant voters to ensure dominance in future elections through a sped-up path to citizenship for persons who violated American laws to come to the United States, we only need to look for a way that's an equitable solution for all sides concerned.

Since most of these immigrants came here from Mexico, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the logical solution to the problem is to meld the immigration issue to the North American Free Trade agreement (NAFTA) so that all interests - Democrats, Republicans, Mexicans and the Mexican government - reap an equal benefit from solving this perplexing problem.

Essentially, the free flow of citizens between these two neighbors can be resolved if and when human and citizenship rights in both the U.S. and Mexico are mirror images of themselves in terms of citizenry rather than economics.

Immigrants from Mexico who become citizens of the U.S. instantly earn a whole host of rights, while Americans wanting to become Mexican citizens will never ever be allowed to obtain such rights - rights most Americans take for granted such as the right to vote, own personal property anywhere in the nation, seek elected office, own a business without having to form a partnership with a native-born person, be an officer in the armed forces and even be eligible for numerous government-sponsored entitlement programs.

Once Mexico or any other country that permits its citizens to come to the U.S. legally or otherwise begins to give Americans the same rights they demand we give to their huddled masses, I firmly believe the constant bickering between all factions will cease to be an issue that our politicians can play hot potato with. Only then will economics have everything to do with making both Mexico and the United States economic powerhouses of the 21st century in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world.

Mack Simons, Wharton



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