So my exceptionally lovely landlady has cut off my telephone and internet for no discernible reason and doesn’t return my messages. Posting is difficult these days. But while I have, for a moment, a connection gracias a one of my neighbors, I thought I’d throw something up real quick.

For your reading pleasure: a really nicely done article in Orion on how the flow of Mexicans into the U.S. is just going to happen whether we like it or not, and how, perhaps, in light of that, we should change our approach. Here’s a bit I liked:

There are three things that must be faced on the line. The federal agents are being corrupted by the money of drug smuggling and people smuggling. The flow of people is far greater than acknowledged (there is a village just across the wire from the Buenos Aires that handles between 600,000 and 800,000 migrants a year—and it is one little dot on the map of a border almost 1,900 miles long). And finally, this is not a bunch of workers simply coming north to toil a few months; this is an exodus of men, women, and children from nations that cannot feed them or clothe them or educate them. This is the true face of the global economy and it is killing the land all along the border, ground already savaged by a change in the weather as global warming proceeds.

Think of a giant ecological shift. Streams of one species, Homo sapiens, are moving into the United States in order to survive. The land they cross is pulverized, just as once the great herds of bison thundered across the plains and left trampled earth in their wake. Nothing can alter these facts so long as jobs exist in the United States. No level of terror—not the agents, nor the rapes, the murders, the painful deaths from thirst in the desert—nothing will deter a person who has no future in his homeland and can hear a fine future whispering to him just across the wire. Any successful effort to make migrants unemployable and to deport them will result in the explosion of Mexico, a meltdown that would make Iraq look like a cakewalk.

What we are witnessing is the most successful antipoverty program in the world—past or present. What we are witnessing is a movement as relentless as the migration of plants and animals as they flee the new infernos of global warming. What we are witnessing is a response by governments that is as dishonest and pointless as the fabled campaign to contain African bees. We are witnessing the future, and for all living things, the future is the only place to go.

This is what is needed in most immgration discussions – a massive shift to the realization that it’s just not going to end. So, talking about “how to stop it” or “how to reduce it” is just missing the point. Give it up. It’s not ending. Start your conversation from there.

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