Congress Must Make Sure Mexico Deals with Its Economic Problems

Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego)

Recently, Arizona enacted its own immigration bill which potentially usurps the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration.

California Congressman Brian Bilbray, Chair of the Immigration Reform Committee, and former FAIR lobbyist, offers no real solutions to the immigration debate. In response to Arizona’s new radical immigration bill, Bilbray supported its legality and explained that police could spot illegal immigrants merely by the way they dress. His remarks demonstrate a lack of critical thinking skills necessary for leadership in Congress on complex, human, social and economic issues.

A leader would understand that border policing is costly to taxpayers and does not produce any gross domestic product. The Arizona law requires people to produce a birth certificate or passport or be subject to jail for six months and mandates police to act as immigration officers. It costs an average of $55 a day to house a prisoner, and this average cost does not account for the administrative court costs to render an individual “guilty” or the costs of forcing children into the foster care system – costs which must also be factored into the equation.

It is also questionable that police could differentiate from legal and illegal residents in our diverse society. Consequently, Arizona’s law readily opens the door to civil rights violations because police would have the duty to detain and incarcerate until a person could produce documentation of citizenship. In other words, many innocent people could get swept up in the net until they could prove their innocence.

So according to Bilbray, its okay for Arizona to foot this bill while his committee on immigration reform offers no answers of its own.

tracy-emblemOur country needs real solutions not vigilante fascism. We must say no to a police/prison state. Now is the time for Congress to step up to the plate to resolve the major cause of illegal immigration to our country through comprehensive immigration reform. In doing this, Congress must also find a way to insure that Mexico deals with its economic problems related to poverty, employment, healthcare, drug corruption, and democratic governance because unless we change our strategy, our immigration dilemma will continue with or without immigration reform.

Tracy Emblem

Tracy Emblem is an attorney and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, California ‘s 50th District.


  1. says

    Congress is supposed to solve Mexico’s drug corruption??? While meanwhile it’s Congress etc. that create the USA’s drug prohibition that in turn underlie Mexico’s drug corruption. A Congress determined to forget US history and how drug prohibition created Capone and his folks’ corruption of various municipalities.

  2. says

    Asking Congress to deal with Mexico’s problems by dealing with the Mexican govt. is asking the impossible, because the incurably corrupt Mexican govt. is little more than a criminal enterprise run by elite fatcats and criminal cartels that keeps the masses down, and it’s the real reason that millions of Mexican cross the border despite the obstacles. Too bad that neither the Mexican immigrants nor Mexicans in Mexico can do anything about the Mexican govt. because only the U.S. govt. has the power, but not by throwing it money that will just go in the pockets of the elite, but by working with the Mexican people to dissolve it completely along with their failed country and instead create 10+ new U.S. states that can become economic magnets for southern migration and create millions of new jobs for all 414 million Americans, while expanding the border to the oceans where it can finally be controlled. Study my well thought-out Megamerge Dissolution Solution that shows how with broad bipartisan support Congress can do it in just years, rather than continue wasting time on non-solutions and engaging in endless infighting while creating tragedies and grudges. Take time out and visit:

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