Monday, March 28, 2005

Border Relations

I don't often post about the U.S. soccer team. To be blunt, I couldn't care less about them. That being said, something interesting happened when the U.S. team traveled to Mexico.

Fox Sports Article

"The crowd booed the U.S. national anthem and a spattering of fans chanted "Osama! Osama!" before play started, and shortly after Lewis' goal."

How tactful.

See, maybe it's just me, since, I have the audacity to think America is the greatest country on God's green earth, but this is worrisome. I don't even expect Mexicans to be thrilled with us, but I don't think it's too much to ask them to show some respect for their northern neighbors.

We let in many millions of Mexicans a year--both legally and otherwise--and it doesn't have to stay that way. It would be interesting to see their reaction if we scrapped NAFTA and actually enforced our immigration policies.

While it may be fair to say that businesses dependence on cheap labor will prevent us from having any kind of immigration reform, this story is still important. I think it is safe to say that American policies are not overtly anti-Mexican. Sure there are issues, but I wouldn't list Mexico as one of the countries most harmed by the United States.

Yet they still hate us. Interesting. Could it be that global hatred of the United States is something that exists irregardless of Bush's foreign policy?

When it comes down to it, we'd like to get along with everyone, but this utopia falls far short of reality. So we make the best decisions for us, and let the world think of us what they will.

Still, it couldn't hurt to secure the borders.

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