6. “Give me your tired your poor. . .”
(but not your criminals, your parasites, and your drugs!)
When Donald Trump made his Presidential Candidate announcement on June 15, 2015, he included the following statement in his speech:
| "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Of course, these words have elicited clamor among Latinos negating the accuracy of such statement and calling Mr. Trump a racist.
Let me dissect his statements in parts and analyze each part separately.
Immigration to the United States is a privilege, not a right. No citizen of any country has the right to immigrate to another country. The host country must grant such privilege and establish its requirements to grant that privilege.
We need to make an important distinction between the immigrants who are coming to the United States legally (authorized), from those who are coming illegally (unauthorized).
To immigrate to the United States, legally, there are numerous requirements, depending on which type of visa you apply.
There are three minimum requirements:
. Applicants must have a sponsorship guaranteeing that they will not become public charges. The sponsor must provide an Affidavit of Support.
2. Medical clearance
. The applicant has to receive a medical examination by a panel physician designated by the U.S. Department of State and is required to have received several vaccinations. This is required to assure that the applicant does not carry any diseases, communicable or not.
3. Security background check and clearance
. The applicant must provide fingerprints. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the FBI perform background checks on every applicant, regardless of ethnicity, national origin or religion. If an applicant’s fingerprints are associated with a criminal record, USCIS usually denies the immigration application. This prevents criminals and terrorists from entering the country.
A background check from Mexican sources is not required. In my opinion, it would be futile. Accuracy is not a virtue of the Mexican government; furthermore, the corruption in Mexico is such that the applicant could buy an "Honesty Bill" from the Mexican functionaries.
By complying with the minimum legal requirements, the United States receives an assurance-if not a guarantee- that the legal immigrant to the United States is not going to be a social burden, does not carry communicable diseases, has acceptable good health, and is not a known criminal.
Indeed, the legal immigrant, on the average, is of a higher moral character and has better health than the average United States born citizen has.
The fact that the legal immigrant complies with the minimum requirements, demonstrates willingness and suitability to be a high quality citizen of the United States.
Illegal immigrants do not comply with any legal requirements.
With the illegal immigrant, the United States does not known what it is getting.
Let us now dissect the statement made by Mr. Donald Trump:
1) When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best . . .
The word "sends" is not accurate. The Mexican government is not rounding up people and sending them to the United States, as Fidel Castro did in 1980, when he expelled criminals, prisoners and the mentally ill from Cuba, and sent them to the United States (along with, what I assume, some were good people).
As I explained in prior chapters, the Mexican oligarchy has created an atmosphere of despair that forces, voluntarily, what I assume are good people, and some who are not, to leave their home for the United States.
However, those who yield under such economic distress and leave for the United States, unfortunately, are not the best. To say it bluntly, they are the "bottom of the barrel".
If a Mexican is intelligent, attractive, educated, has a good job, is self-employed or a professional, would he leave for the United States, where he will always be a foreigner, and no matter what he achieves, he will always be a second-class citizen?
No, he or she would not!
The result is that what the United States gets from Mexico is the uneducated, people who are from rural communities and are not accustomed to live in a structured society ruled by law, as is the United States.
Immigrants from other countries, such as India, China, or the European continent, have a higher degree of education.
Since the poorest in Mexico are, generally, the indigenous people, the United States is also receiving a large number of people who, ethnically, are not of European ancestry. The influx of large numbers of indigenous people bolsters the case for Reconquista. In addition, the indigenous people are subject to specific health problems, as I will explain later. Interpret this as you wish, this is reality.
Mr. Trump is correct when he says, "they’re not sending their best
2) They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing
those problems with us
What are these problems?
According to the Huffington Post, in 2013, Mexico overtook the United States as the fattest country in the Americas. I will quote excerpts from the Huffington Post article from a Mexican doctor, about Mexicans in Mexico:
| "The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese," said physician Abelardo Avila with Mexico's National Nutrition Institute. "In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It's a very serious epidemic."
This is not just Mexico’s problem. However, the Mexican poor are the ones coming to the United States, bringing with them the problems associated with malnutrition and its accompanying malady, obesity, and its consequences:
The American Diabetes Association provides the following rates of diabetes from its statistical data released June 10, 2014:
Rates of diagnosed diabetes by race/ethnic background:
7.6% of non-Hispanic whites
9.0% of Asian Americans
13.2% of non-Hispanic blacks
15.9% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives
Breakdown among Hispanic adults:
8.5% for Central and South Americans
9.3% for Cubans
13.9% for Mexican-Americans
14.8% for Puerto Ricans
I am assuming that Mexico-born immigrants are included among the Mexican-American group.
This is alarming. Particularly, when you consider that most illegal aliens came after 1980. The poor classes are more likely to be illegal aliens.
As Dr. Avila stated above, "In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children".
Heart disease and stroke:
The American Heart Association says that obesity puts you at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.
The American Heart Association issued an article titled Treating Obesity as a Disease (updated August 18, 2015). The following is an excerpt:
"The subsequent health problems of obesity and the risk factors in a person’s family history passed down through the generations have become increasingly more of a burden. That’s the siren sound we can no longer ignore,"
said Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., past president of the American Heart Association and co-chair of the subcommittee that guided the completion of the guidelines. Tomaselli is chief of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
The burden that Dr. Tomaselli refers to, is an additional burden brought to the United States by uncontrolled immigration.
At the risk of sounding snobbish, I make the following comment: Generally, the more educated a person is, the more conscious is of self-image and the importance of keeping fit. I believe this to be true in Mexico and in the United States (and in most of the Western world).
My observations of the majority of Mexicans in the United States, those whom I believe come from Mexico, particularly the female indigenous population, is that they are not much concerned with presenting a fit image.
The website for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dated September 21, 2015, has the following information:
Obesity affects some groups more than others:
Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%) followed by HISPANICS (42.5%),
non-Hispanic whites (32.6%), and non-Hispanic Asians (10.8%).
Obesity is a serious health problem in the United States. Could it be that we are importing more obesity, therefore, more health problems?
Is Mr. Trump referring to this?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has a list of seven communicable diseases that make an immigrant inadmissible. One of them is active tuberculosis. Other diseases place the immigrant in quarantine.
However, these health problems are not evident in someone who comes across the border undetected (illegally).
HIV does not bar an immigrant, legal or illegal from entering the United States. If a medical examination detects HIV, inadmissibility does not apply.
This means that a person infected with HIV in Mexico, may immigrate to the United States legally.
The impact of this rule is that, afterwards, when the effects of HIV emerge, the U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill for the immigrant’s care.
Lack of education:
A wealth of a nation is in its education. You may destroy equipment, buildings, farms, mines, railroads, etc. of a nation, but you cannot destroy their minds. If their minds are educated, such country will overcome any calamity.
An example of this is Germany. The Second World War left Germany in rubble. Nevertheless, Germany rose from the ashes like the Phoenix, to become a world leader. Why? Because the minds of the people were not destroyed and their minds were educated. Education is wealth! However, education is not just memorizing the alphabet, or that 2+2, or 2x2 equals 4.
Education is structuring the mind of a child to think analytically, logically, and systematically, and channel those talents towards problem solving and creativity, whether it is science or art.
When a person is educated, it is not difficult to learn a new language. A different language is not a barrier. It is a problem that the person will solve by applying the talents acquired through the education received in their native language. A transition from one language to another is resolved easier by the educated person.
A good education also teaches discipline. Discipline is needed to succeed in another culture.
Regrettably, the overwhelming majority of immigrants from Mexico have very little education. Their Spanish is poor. I know because I talk to them and listen to them. If their primary language is inadequate, how can we expect them to learn good English? If they do not have a good academic foundation in Spanish, how will they compete in our schools?
This situation creates a great burden for our education system. The education system spends vast resources on accommodating the special needs of immigrants. The liberal policies in the United States force educators to lower their standards. This results in mediocrity in our academic institutions for everyone.
Add to lack of education other problems; such as dependency on our welfare system, tax fraud, judicial enforcement, just to name a few. Illegal immigrants have access to medical benefits provided by state and federal institutions. For example, a recent legal decision in California now will provide medical care to over 225,000 illegal aliens. This is a huge incentive to sneak into the United States, illegally, with the purpose of obtaining medical benefits. Why should American taxpayers provide these benefits to Mexican nationals? The Mexican government should provide medical care to its citizens. The Mexican government has the monetary resources to provide such care. By shifting the burden of medical care of Mexican citizens to the American taxpayer the Mexican oligarchy bleeds America!
The few problems that I discussed above suffice to prove that Mr. Trump is right when he says ". . . they’re bringing those problems with us".
3) They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
I disagree on this all-encompassing statement by Mr. Trump. Most immigrants from Mexico, primarily those who come legally, are not bringing drugs; they are not bringing crime, and they are not rapists.
Those who come here illegally, just by that fact, fall under the category of criminals because they violate immigration law. They violate other laws, primarily because of ignorance or custom. They engage in acts not considered a crime in Mexico, such as violating city ordinances, tax laws, and traffic laws.
However, the rate of criminals, drug runners, and rapists among illegal immigrants is higher than it is in the population of the United States for one simple reason:
We are inviting them!
Our liberal practices and policies are a magnet for the criminal element from Mexico.
Mexico does not have a just due process. A criminal, say a thief, knows the risks of committing a crime in Mexico. If he (or she) is caught, the police will probably break his legs, keep the loot, and then throw him in jail, where he might just get lost in the system.
However, the same thief knows that in the United States, if he is caught, there are plenty of legal obstacles that he can count on to get away with his crime.
He will probably be detained for a few days, and then returned to Mexico, without any punishment.
Let us take a prominent case to illustrate what I mean. On July 1, 2015, an illegal alien by the name of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez killed a young woman in San Francisco, California. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had turned Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez over to San Francisco police March 26, 2015, on an outstanding drug warrant. His criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions, four involving narcotic charges. ICE issued a detainer for Sanchez in March, requesting to be notified if he was going to be released. The detainer was not honored. The family of the woman slayed claims that the San Francisco Sheriff ordered jail staff, in March, to no longer share details about illegal aliens with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Whether the death was accidental not, is not important for my illustration. What is important is the conditions that allowed this tragedy to occur.
San Francisco is a "Sanctuary City". Generally, a sanctuary city instructs city employees not to notify the federal government of the presence of illegal aliens living in their communities. The policies may also erase any distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal resident aliens. Therefore, illegal aliens may benefit from taxpayer funded government services and programs too, such as welfare.
In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA ). This act
requires local governments to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency.
San Francisco has ignored that act.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said "Our city’s policy helps immigrant and limited-English speaking communities where sometimes people fear and mistrust the criminal justice system. We want people to report crimes, we want children of undocumented immigrants to attend school, and we want families to get access to much needed social services without fear of their city government reporting them to Federal authorities."
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez said he was aware that San Francisco was a sanctuary city where immigration authorities would not pursue him.
This is the well-known case; however, the border is a revolving door. Criminals come here, are caught, are deported, and then return, over and over again.
Why do they come? Because the United States is easy pickings and because they know there will not be significant punishment or punishment at all!
Mexico is a high rate-crime country. People in Mexico are aware of crime. Most houses that have valuable objects inside have windows with bars, concrete walls around them instead of picket fences, and robust gates. Open perimeters are a rarity. People usually enclose themselves with the equivalent of medieval moats.
Not long ago, I visited the residence of an attorney in the city of Tijuana. The attorney, together with other three families, purchased land on high ground overlooking Tijuana. They built four townhouse units. All units were located on a hillside with a gentle slope and faced the city. They built walls all around the property on the flat side, and a large gate to enter, manned by a security guard. It was like a military compound. Each unit had a low-walled patio with a great view of the city. However, the patios had barbed wire to keep anyone from climbing up the slope and entering the units. The wonderful view included the barbed wire.
In the United States, we establish security in our houses. This security usually consists of alarms and/or video surveillance. However, alarms do not keep a thief from entering. They just warn that someone has entered. Video is useful to identify the culprits for later apprehension, but do not keep someone out.
These precautions are not deterrents to a thief that is used to climbing over barbed wire on top of walls, and cutting through steel bars. Furthermore, if caught, the punishment is lenient, if there is punishment at all. Since the Sanctuary Cities do not turn them over to ICE, the culprit remains in this country to continue his flourishing career, now that he has found fertile grounds.
If the culprit is identified, but not apprehended, he runs to Mexico, hides for a while, then returns, illegally, since the border is porous. Perhaps he returns to another state, as Mr. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez did.
Mr. Trump said something else in his announcement. He said. "They are laughing at us
He is correct. The Mexican criminals are saying "Gringos estupidos, they don’t know what to do with us
The Associated Press created a chronology of events during Mr. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez’s time in the United States, culled from interviews, court documents and government records. The exact timing of Sanchez's initial entry into the United States and returns after deportations is not known.
—May 1991: Convicted in Arizona of inhaling vapors. Sentenced to a month in jail.
—1993: Convicted three times in Washington State on felony drug charges. Sentenced to about 14 months in jail.
—June 1994: A U.S. immigration judge deports Sanchez to Mexico.
—July 1994: Sentenced to 90 days in jail after Arizona court revokes his probation.
—December 1995: Arrested on a $20 marijuana buy in San Francisco. A judge issued a $5,000 bench warrant for his arrest when Sanchez didn't show up in court.
—July 1996: Convicted in Washington of felony possession of heroin. Sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison.
—April 1997: Deported to Mexico.
—January 1998: Arrested by U.S. Border Patrol and deported to Mexico in February.
—February 1998: Arrested by Border Patrol and sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.
—March 2003: Deported to Mexico.
—July 2003: Arrested by Border Patrol and sentenced to more than four years in prison.
—June 2009: Deported to Mexico after completing sentence.
—September 2009: Arrested in Texas, where he claimed to be a U.S. citizen born in Arizona. Sentenced to nearly four years in prison.
—March 26, 2015: Released to San Francisco Sheriff's Department on 1995 drug charge.
—March 27: Immigration and Customs Enforcement issues a "detainer" on Sanchez, requesting the sheriff's office hold him for an extra 48 hours if they decide to release him. San Francisco district attorney's office decides to drop the case because it is old and minor.
—April 15: Sanchez is released by sheriff. There are no active arrest warrants or court orders requiring the sheriff's office to keep him, they say. ICE is not notified.
—July 1: Steinle dies from gunshot wounds while walking along Pier 14 in San Francisco with her father. Sanchez is arrested.
—July 6: The district attorney's office charges Sanchez with murder.
—July 7: Sanchez pleads not guilty.
This is a case that became notorious because of the death of an innocent young woman. However, I dare to state, it is not unique.
Mr. Trump needs to modify his statement that Mexico is sending us its drug users, its criminals and its rapists.
Mr. Trump should say, "We are inviting Mexico’s drug users, criminals, and rapists, with our liberal laws. Mexico is accepting our invitation enthusiastically
4) And some, I assume, are good people.
Mr. Trump was careless when he said that.
Most immigrants from Mexico, legal or illegal, are good people. They came here to work, and they are hard working. You do not see them begging.
However, they do not have the cultural behavioral characteristics that would earn them the title "Model American Citizens".
I explain this paradox in Chapter 7.
But, it is not our fault!