The United States is a nation that is open to immigration, as opposed to Mexico. Little Green Footballs points to a news story about the differences between the U.S. and Mexico when it comes to immigration:
The foreign-born make up just 0.5 percent of Mexico’s 105 million people, compared with about 13 percent in the United States, which has a total population of 299 million. Mexico grants citizenship to about 3,000 people a year, compared to the U.S. average of almost a half million.
This article starts off, interestingly enough with a dateline of Mexico City, talking about how Mexico limits its immigrants.
If Arnold Schwarzenegger had migrated to Mexico instead of the United States, he couldn’t be a governor. If Argentina native Sergio Villanueva, firefighter hero of the Sept. 11 attacks, had moved to Tecate instead of New York, he wouldn’t have been allowed on the force.
Even as Mexico presses the United States to grant unrestricted citizenship to millions of undocumented Mexican migrants, its officials at times calling U.S. policies “xenophobic,” Mexico places daunting limitations on anyone born outside its territory.
In the United States, only two posts — the presidency and vice presidency — are reserved for the native born.
In Mexico, non-natives are banned from those and thousands of other jobs, even if they are legal, naturalized citizens.
I’ve written about the problems Mexico has on its own southern border, but I can’t help but dream of a state of reciprocity. In my dream, President Bush gives Presidente Fox a phone call and tells him that the U.S. will get rid of all its repressive laws about immigration and implements here in the U.S. the same sort of laws that Mexico uses for her own immigrants. After all, if these laws work so well in Mexico for the Guatemalans crossing the border, then the same type of laws should be equally good here in the U.S. for the Mexicans crossing our border.
But we won’t because we actually like legal immigrants here in the U.S.