In this story from the Arizona Republic, we learn that Canada is fulfilling America's promise to the tired, poor and "wretched refuse". These are the Mexcian immigrants, who are simultaneously employed, exploited, depended upon, harrassed, arrested, and occasionally murdered in the US.
As the United States fortifies its border with Mexico, Canadian companies are reaching out to immigrants who are frustrated by U.S. restrictions and tempted by dreams of a better life in Canada.The article explains why Canada is courting Mexican workers, and how it's making it easier for them to live and work legally in Canada.
The Canadian government has been relaxing its immigration rules in an effort to attract students and skilled workers from all over the world. That, and the push by companies promising jobs and visas, is attracting Mexican professionals turned off by the Minuteman Project, new border walls, tougher U.S. entry requirements and laws like Proposition 200 in Arizona. . . .
"Canada has its arms open to immigrants, and the United States has its arms closed. It's as simple as that," accountant Marcos Ramírez Posadas said as he stood in line with other visa applicants outside the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City.
I happen to love Mexican culture, and my interactions with Mexicans, both in Mexico and with Mexican-Americans here in the States, has been overwhelmingly positive. I realize this is a generalization, and the usual caveats apply. But for the most part, Mexicans will bring hard work, close-knit families, neighborliness, and a consideration for others - especially strangers in need - to the Canadian immigrant mix.
American immigration policy towards Mexicans has such a long, convoluted and contradictory history. In a word, it's insane. Canada is smart to capitalize on that.
It's an interesting article, worth reading if you're interested in immigration issues. It closes with this:
"I find [Americans] very egotistical," said Ramírez, an accountant for an oil-drilling firm. "There are a lot of historical problems between our countries. Canadians are much nicer; they appreciate other cultures."
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For Victor Pérez Muciño, 33, a municipal worker in the town of Huixquilucan, recent news coverage of the Minuteman Project, a civilian patrol on the Arizona-Mexico border, was the deciding factor.
"We're always hearing about what they're doing to our fellow citizens . . . all these things with vigilantes, migrant hunters," he said. "Who wants to live with that?"