Last month the state of Arizona passed the toughest law on illegal immigration in our country. Unfortunately, the code in the bill has been inaccurately communicated in the media; not miscommunicated just around the country, but around the world. This caused Mexican President Felipe Calderón to say, in a joint session of Congress in our Capitol, that he “disagrees with the law in Arizona,” producing a standing ovation from Democrats and a sit-in-silence from insulted Republicans.
This was just after addressing the millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. in Spanish with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden in the background, and with many in the audience turning to each other for language translation. President Obama has taken the side of Mexico against the Divided States of America, Arizona in particular.
Have you ever thought why illegal immigration laws in the book have not been enforced? I’ll tell you. Cheating. Cheating is why our federal laws are not enforced.
While the act of entering the U.S. without authority is in itself a type of cheating, since you’re skipping or getting ahead of the line of those waiting to enter legally, the types of cheating related to non-enforcement of federal laws are much more systemic and more demoralizing than any group of hard-working individuals attracted across the border to earn a living could ever measure against. Non-enforcement of federal immigration laws is a worse type of cheating.
Why does our federal government cheat? It cheats because capitalism, like any ideology, such as democracy, socialism, or communism, is human-made, and hence prone to imperfections. Ideologies do not always work exactly as intended. With the introduction of globalization, U.S. corporations under capitalism must compete with foreign entities, including foreign government entities. But with forced cheap labor in many oppressive countries, U.S. corporations have been at a disadvantage. To overcome this “imperfection,” the capitalism system in the U.S. has had to “cheat.” In order to compete, our corporate-run federal government continues to reduce the middle class. It does so not only by outsourcing manufacturing jobs but also by attracting cheaper laborers—illegal cheaper laborers—from other countries.
There are tons of examples of government manipulation which amount to cheating. For example, our last president George W. Bush had to compromise the Republican ideology of self-regulating financial markets by allowing Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to scare us into market intervention and manipulation. Bush himself admitted to the breakdown of ideology and compromise of his principles. (Cheating is not limited to our shores, of course. Just last week, Germany outlawed short-selling of financial instruments in the country’s 10 largest institutions. This is equivalent to legislating that stocks will only be allowed to go up.)
Bottom line: It’s okay for our government to cheat to make the system work better. And when it comes to illegal immigration? Sure. Why not? It’s just government cheaters helping corporate cheaters.
So run and tell your kids that cheating is okay if things don’t work out exactly like you thought they would. Is it okay? Are you that competitive? The state of Arizona has said, in essence, no, it is not okay—quit cheating.
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Henry Delforn is an electrical engineer (and Cuban-born U.S. citizen) who lives in Carpinteria and enjoys his independent political affiliation.