American / Mexican Cooperation Proposal

This is an adaptation of a proposal I posted to UseNet on September 6th, 2001. Due to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, this proposal was never given serious consideration. However, with the recent proposals by President Bush towards similar ends, I believe it is time to revive this proposal, which I believe is better than that of President Bush. I leave the article unedited, please remember that this was current in early September 2001.

Se~or El Presidente Fox is in town today, making many proposals in his first State Visit to Washington DC.

Many of his proposals are unpalatable to many Americans, and so we must respond with some proposals of our own.

Now, Sr. Fox, please understand that many Americans find it very offensive that so many Mexicans scoff at the concept of a nation's sovereign borders, but only when that nation is the US. They would take great offense if Americans did not respect Mexican sovereignity. So is it a surprise that Americans resent Mexican scoffers?

You say, when you speak of "regularization", that the intent is not to reward those who scoff at the law, but to allow Mexican nationals to remain in the US and to "contribute". For the moment, we will pass without remarking on the variable perceptions amongst Americans regarding what it is that Mexican illegal aliens "contribute" to the US.

In news coverage of your visit, there has been insufficient mention of certain proposals which, in my opinion, do have merit.

It is commonly observed that one cannot hope to stem the tide of emigration from Mexico unless and until there has been significant improvement in the economy of Mexico. So long as Mexico is not the equal, is nowhere near the equal, of the US in terms of general wealth, Mexicans will vote with their feet, and will elect to work where there are jobs. Despite significant measures undertaken by the US to dissuade illegal entry, still, pressures in Mexico combine with the attractions of work in America, and Mexico's rural states are being abandoned for a precarious life as illegal aliens in the US.

Clearly, something must be done to improve the lives of rural Mexicans. You seek regularization of Mexicans illegally present and working illegally in the US?

I propose that any regularization will come at a price, literally at a price. For a certain fee per person, regularization will be obtained. This will not be any one-time fee, but will instead be a recurring charge.

Let us say, for now, that this will amount to $1000.00 per month. For those Mexican illegals who are in fact engaged in necessary work for which insufficient American workers can be found, such as heavy construction, this should not be an exhorbitant sum. This $1000 will not go to the Mexican government, nor will it go to the US government.

I propose the creation of a joint US/Mexican agency, perhaps styled "Amexica Improvement Corporation".

First, "Amexica" will apply economies of scale to secure group insurance policies which will provide emergency medical coverage, and some basic preventative health coverage -- specifically including immigration immunizations and immigration health inspection.

Secondly, "Amexica" will invest a percentage of the $1000 under accepted and traditional low-risk banking practices in approved institutions, with the objective of eventually becoming a self-funding bureaucracy, and later becoming a dividend-paying corporation which is not publicly-traded, but which is inalienably participant-owned. It will also place some lesser but significant percentage of this money in an interest-earning trust fund which is payable only to the payor or their heirs-and-assigns, and only payable within the Mexican census district of the payor.

Third, "Amexica" will invest significantly, along with the government of Mexico and the several Mexican States, in real infrastructural improvement in rural Mexico. The first order of business shall be, of course, improved education. Particularly this education will be focussed on public health, especially promoting the laudable Mexican national goal of responsible reproduction and smaller families. "Amexica" should also contribute greatly towards your own laudable goal of providing networked computing resources to assist in public education. I strongly suggest that you heed the advice of your countryman, Miguel de Icaza, and that you will use the Linux operating system or other cost-free Open Source operating systems such as NetBSD or FreeBSD, as vast savings may be realized, "Amexica" should not be engaged in providing corporate welfare to the Microsoft Corporation, from the meager earnings of "regularized" Mexican workers.

Fourth, "Amexica" will provide for ongoing educational opportunities while in the US, with the initial and mandatory focus being education on the rights and responsibilities of "regularized" Mexican workers in the US, and with a secondary focus on the rights and responsiblities of the Mexicans citizen to an improved and open Mexico, continuing your own reformist efforts combatting entrenched corruption from the former PRI and its vestiges.

Fifth, "Amexica" will be staffed internationally, with extreme oversight and great caution taken to prevent corruption and misuse and perversion of purpose.

Sixth, the governments of both the United States and Mexico, and the several States of both Republics, will aggressively move to ensure that no employer will employ any Mexican national who is not paying into "Amexica"; or, that no employer may pay any Mexican national without first paying "Amexica" its due. Aggressive enforcement of extreme penalties and sanctions against both employers and employees will ensure that money made by "regularized" Mexican workers in the US will be properly directed; aggressive enforcement of oversight concerning "Amexica" itself will ensure that "Amexica" does not become a corrupt exploiter and that it performs as a protector.

Seventh, "Amexica" will aggressively cooperate with US Immigration authorities in terms of bringing Mexican nationals and citizens who are illegally in the US, into the system. "Illegal aliens" of Mexican origin should become extremely unusual, and should continue in that status for only a short period.

Eighth, "Amexica" will work closely with the employment agencies, and State regulatory agencies concerned with employment, to determine the specific need for specific numbers in specific trades and specific venues, to prevent haphazard migration; and having determined a specific need, "Amexica" and the several employment agencies and regulatory agencies will cooperate to provide personnel for jobs, and the jobs having been completed, will assist "regularized" Mexican workers to either secure new or continued employment, or to successfully return home with their savings (as detailed above in the Second part).

Through the "Amexica" corporation, Mexican workers in the US will fund their own health coverage while in the US, and will very reliably direct a substantial portion of their incomes directly into improving the conditions of those exact districts from which these Mexican workers fled. Within a short time, changes will be evident in those districts; and over a longer period, conditions in those districts will improve to the point where Mexicans will no longer need to flee to America to earn a decent living.

As "Amexica" becomes first self-funding, and then dividend-paying, the wealth of Mexico will increase, proportionally more rapidly and to a greater degree in the rural areas. The US will have no shortage of low-cost workers from Mexico, and as Mexican workers fill genuine labor shortages in the US, they will also be acquiring educations, particularly in the areas of civil participation and democratic and republican principles. Only those workers the US actually needs will enter the US and will be speedily directed to exactly where they are required and they shall be kept in good health; and there will be few legitimate complaints by Americans regarding Mexican workers. Illegal Immigration from Mexico to the US will come nearly to a halt, as will trafficking in human cargo.

Please, Se~or el Presidente Fox of Mexico -- if you wish concessions, you must make concessions. I respectfully suggest that you may wish to give these ideas a great deal of consideration, and I respectfully suggest that your American counterpart will do the same.