Posted: May 10th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
An article posted on Free West Radio’s website, 9May10, [Mili Note: it was also published on this website] cited government statistics which suggest that the presence of 450,000 illegal Mexican immigrants in Arizona has had either no impact on, or perhaps has caused a decrease in, the per capita rate of violent crime in that state.
It’s hard to believe that the presence of nearly a half million illegal Mexicans doesn’t alter the violent crime landscape of Arizona. I guess I’ll have to mull that one over for a while. But, here’s what I do know, government statistics to the contrary (if there are any) be damned. The presence of these people must dramatically increase the rate of larceny in Arizona.
Issues of race aside, its just a matter of the slice of Mexico’s economic demographic represented by these folks that tells us that this must be the case. People don’t risk all to come here unless they are feeling pretty desperate to escape their economic situation in Mexico.
Every American is aware, either through his own experience, or the exper-ience of friends and family, of the epidemic of theft related to the presence of illegal immigrants in our Country. And, there is a hard kind of imposition inherent in living here under the resulting, heightened requirement to safe-guard one’s hard won personal possessions. The impact on our quality of life which results comes very close to constituting a kind of violence.
For example, if someone comes in the night and steels the handyman tools that a self-employed man has spent 10 years of toil accumulating (paying rent, taxes, speeding tickets, gas tax, etc., ad-nauseum, the whole while), is not the Mexican “émigré” thief who relieves him of those tools, at 2:45 AM one morning, doing a kind of violence to such a self-employed man?
Is taking away the product of a man’s working life not also the act of removing from him a part of his very life-force? And, isn’t such a result common to the acts of both theft and violence? After all, as struggling serfs in banker-owned America we, no more or less than any mortal, get only one ride through life, one productive, youthful time, one period of aging, one time to die, do we not?
Is the theft of the life-force which the handyman had expended in learning his trade and in using that knowledge, as well as the money he earned to purchase his tools, much different than the losses he would incur — in time lost and productivity impaired — by being injured as the victim of a violent crime?
As well, does he not incur even more loss due to the fact that the theft of the tools of his trade constitutes a retrograde movement to an earlier level of economic struggle, an impediment which he may be less endowed to surmount in this later phase of his life?
How about the handyman’s wife, say, who gets clobbered while returning from grocery shopping, by one of the pell-mell style Mexican drivers we’ve all encountered so many times on American roads? That Mexican driver, we all know, is going to walk away, legally unencumbered, to smash into some-one else on another day. Meanwhile, Mr. Handyman gets to absorb the medical costs associated with his wife’s injuries, the reduction in quality of life — for both he and his wife — associated with those injuries, as well as, ultimately, the Mexican’s medical costs.
And getting back to these Arizona crime statistics. In general, they puzzle me. The FBI says, very firmly, that 80% of the illicit drug trafficking con-ducted in, for example, Utah, is perpetrated by illegal Mexican immigrants. Are we to believe that the number of Mexicans thusly engaged in Arizona varies greatly from the number reported in Utah? And, having answered that question, at least hypothetically, do we then presume that such an army of drug movers and sellers in Arizona brings with it no increase in the per capita violent crime rate there (the premise of the article)?
Something is screwy here. Claims of the government, and the author of the cited article, notwithstanding, I suggest that we reclaim our right to govern ourselves. That entails throwing-off the internationalist interests who have captured our Federal Government and beclouded the issue of whether Arizona has a right to defend itself from the effects of absolutism in Mexico.
We can live as prisoners in our own Country, or we can revitalize our States as sovereign nations. There is no third alternative. And, closing the border with our fever-swamp neighbor to the south would be a first sign that a true nation-state exists, once again, here in North America.
Until civil order and an equitable society is restored to Mexico (I have the decades to wait), seal our southern border by posting the United States Marine Corps there.