America is trying to keep out ‘undocumented citizens,’ but Mexico just guaranteed us a massive influx of more economic refugees after a landslide election put a new, very different kind of leader in place.
Mexico obviously has its share of problems. Chief among them is violence. The ruthless drug cartels have their hands in everything, even the elections. Over 120 politicians who campaigned against the cartels were ultimately killed by them.
The people of Mexico are desperate to see these gangs curtailed, and have elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to do just that.
Lopez Obrador framed himself as an anti-establishment candidate, not unlike our own president did, but in reality, Obrador offers nothing more than the broken promises of a flawed economic system.
Obrador is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist, who called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech, declaring it a “human right we will defend” for all North Americans.
“And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said, adding that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.”
Obrador’s comments are extremely disturbing and will do nothing to restore order at the border. These statements highlight why the border wall needs to be completed.
Obrador’s economic stance also puts him at odds with our president.
Defeated in the last two presidential votes, Lopez Obrador now has a mandate unmatched by recent Mexican leaders to take the country in a new direction. He’s promised to govern as a pragmatist and says he won’t nationalize companies, or quit Nafta. Still, his procession toward victory has alarmed many investors and business leaders.
They worry that the privatization of the energy industry will be rolled back, and spending on social programs will push the country into debt. Lopez Obrador says his program can be funded without deficit spending, with the money saved by eliminating graft. Economists are skeptical. And looming over Mexico’s sea-change is the specter of left-populist governments, from Brazil to Venezuela, that ran their economies into the ground.
The economic downfall of Venezuela wasn’t enough of a warning to Mexico. Their willingness to vote for socialism ensures they’ll receive the same crippling poverty and starvation as Venezuela, and proves that they truly never learn.
It would be sad if it weren’t for the fact that they’re doing this to themselves. Mexico had a chance to embrace a leader who would empower entrepreneurs, foster economic growth, and make Mexico a country so great that no one would want to consider leaving it.
But when Obrador inevitably bankrupts his country, he will expect, nay, demand, that the United States take in the hordes fleeing his mess. I firmly believe we shouldn’t take them.
If Mexicans want socialism so badly, they need to remain in the country and accept the consequences, instead of coming here to turn our country into a socialist nightmare as well.