- How does your government value you? Here is a look at a state government very close to us, and their feelings about their own citizens moving back into the state of Sonora. The Mexican federal government also has become quite agitated on illegal immigration from Central America entering Mexico from the south. Hmm….
“The state of Sonora is angry at the influx of Mexicans into Mexico. Nine state legislators from the state of Sonora traveled to Tucson to complain about Arizona’s new employer crackdown on illegal immigrants from Mexico.
It seems that many illegal immigrants from Mexico are returning to their hometowns, and the officials in the Sonora state government are ticked off about it. A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson recently to say Arizona’s new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state. At a news conference the legislators said Sonora, Arizona’s southern neighbor comprised mostly of small towns, cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as Mexican workers here return to their country without jobs or money.
The Arizona law, which took effect Jan. 1, punishes employers who knowingly hire individuals who don’t have valid legal documents to work in the United States. Penalties include suspension or loss of business licenses. Because more companies are complying, illegal immigrants are finding it more difficult to find work, so they are going home.
The Mexican legislators are angry because the influx of their own citizens is placing a burden on the state government.
“How can they pass a law like this?” asked Mexican representative Leticia Amparano-Gomez, who represents Nogales.
“There is not one person living in Sonora who doesn’t have a friend or relative working in Arizona,” she said, speaking in Spanish. “Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems it will face as more and more people working in Arizona and sending money to their families, return to their hometowns without jobs.”
Statue in Nogales
“We are one family, socially and economically,” she said of the people of Sonora and Arizona.
The United States is a sovereign nation, not a subsidiary of Mexico, and American taxpayers are not responsible for the welfare of Mexico’s citizens. It’s time for Mexico – and its citizens – to stop parasitically feeding off the United States and start taking care of its citizens’ own needs.
I believe it’s high time for all American states to pass a law like the one in Arizona. Perhaps that would solve many immigration problems that the U.S. Congress refuses to address.
Joseph Jerome is a resident of Parowan and a member of The Spectrum & Daily News Writers’ Group.