To the Editor:
For decades, Mexican citizens have migrated to the U.S. searching for better economic and living conditions. Past immigration has been a sad vote on the economic opportunities available in Mexico. We have had much discussion over the years on illegal immigration.
Our citizens hold a wide divergence of opinion, from opening the borders no matter what the cost, to enforcing existing laws, to further tightening the laws and borders. With our current economic malaise though, the question is, unfortunately, being solved.
Due to our reversal of economic activity, the flow of immigrants to the U.S. for 2012 is estimated to be zero. An estimated 1.4 milion Mexican nationals have now returned home due to the lack of jobs in the U.S.
In spite of a drug war, kidnappings, and Operation Fast and Furious, the Mexican economy has grown an average of 4.6 percent in the past three years while ours has struggled along at 2.4 percent. The Mexican unemployment rate is estimated to be 4.8 percent. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been slowly winning the war with the cartels and is establishing a rule of law. This, along with other economic reforms, has created a new trend of jobs and opportunity in Mexico.
Our present immigration discussion will fade and our dialogue should be on what we can do to correct our economic malaise. Outrageous as it may seem, if this economic trend continues, our future discussions with Mexico may be for allowing U.S. citizens to work there.