The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 February 2008

Fence? What fence?

Of all the immigration proposals out there, this is definitely one of them:

We stop guarding the US/Mexican border immediately. Any Mexican who wants to come to America may do so, no questions asked. If the number of Mexicans living in the US exceeds the number living in Mexico, then we get Mexico.

Effectively, the Mexican people will have voted with their feet, deciding they want to be Americans, not Mexicans. As we are a country that believes in majority rule, if most of them want it, we give it to all of them. Boom, instant citizenship for everybody, and land annexation for us. At which point they start earning minimum wage and paying taxes. And we get their cacti, tequila factories, and offshore oil fields.

The population of Mexico is upward of a hundred million, so it's going to take a whole lot of movement to achieve this particular, um, equilibrium. The hard part, of course, will be replacing their inept, bloated and corrupt government with our inept, bloated and corrupt government.

Still, it has potential as a Gedankenexperiment:

I'm actually more curious about what would happen (the chaos that would ensue) if we tried to implement this than I am interested in solving the issue.

My own "solution," which involves creating a wormhole at the Rio Grande that would instantaneously transport the undocumented to some random spot in the Southern Hemisphere, is perhaps less problematic, if most assuredly harder to implement.

Posted at 11:02 AM to Political Science Fiction

Hey, I like your idea.

Posted by: Jeffro at 11:45 AM on 21 February 2008

I've observed myself that the greatest of the past transgressions for which Mexico seems still to hold us responsible, was now more than 150 years ago. And maybe it would do both sides some good if we were to refresh that account.

The world would rip us a new one, of course, but they already do -- and at least this way there'd be a good reason for it.

Posted by: McGehee at 4:07 PM on 21 February 2008