I have two sisters and several nieces and nephews who live in Guatemala.
Throughout Guatemala, it's universally understood that when someone sets out for America, he'd better hope and pray he makes it all the way. If such "migrants" are apprehended in Mexico, the lucky ones are jailed. The unlucky ones will be mugged, beaten and sexually assaulted before they are eventually thrown unceremoniously back into Guatemala.
Captured migrants in Mexico are not, as is the practice in the U.S., released pending a hearing. They will not be allowed to enroll their children in school, will not be eligible for medical services and will most certainly not be participating in massive street demonstrations for their perceived rights.
Sonia Nazario, the Los Angeles Times Pulitzer Prize winning author of the soon-to-be released HBO movie Enrique's Story, said that while she was doing research in Mexico, she was "afraid…afraid of the gangsters, the bandits, the Mexican police, of being beaten, robbed, raped…"
Nazario's simple sentence tells quite a tale about Mexico's lawlessness and machismo.
VDARE.COM has posted numerous columns and blogs that prove that major cities have been overwhelmed by the gangster mentality that dominates in Mexico.
Recently, James Fulford tallied up the numbers of Hispanics (mostly Mexican) on the Los Angeles Police Department's most wanted list. According to Fulford's informal count, 85% of the suspects were Hispanic.
(Thinking that perhaps George W. Bush, Western Civilization's number one booster of all things Mexican, is geographically too far removed from California to pay attention to our criminal profiles, I looked up the most wanted in the District of Columbia, home of the White House. Although Washington, D.C is synonymous with black crime, eight of the nine most wanted for murder are Hispanic.)
Recently, in Lodi, California, my hometown, a small Mexican restaurant/night club was closed. By day, Antonio's was a harmless Mexican buffet. But by night, enter at your own risk. According to police logs, 98 calls for help were made over an eighteen-month period.
The club closed partially because new owners worried that the numerous police calls would prevent the club for having its liquor license transferred. [ Violence outside Lodi club raises concerns for soon-to-be owners, by Jake Armstrong, Lodi News-Sentinel, June 26, 2006
Machismo: in a classroom incident several years ago, a student who I knew well and liked told me that he would be missing class for the next week or so because he had to return to Mexico to "take care of family business."
I naturally thought this meant an ill relative or maybe a funeral. But another student explained later that the trip home was to avenge his brother's murder. None of his friends thought a revenge killing was out of the ordinary.
Of course, Mexico has peace loving and devout, God-fearing people. But the presence in the U.S. of its criminal element has overwhelmed American society. Because Mexico's political culture is so lawless, and because criminals are rarely prosecuted, often the first course of action is macho physical violence rather than rational debate.
But where would Mexican citizens learn about rational debate?
Read these recent statements:
Mexican political analyst Marcela Bobadilla says: "This thing about size comes from a yearning among Mexicans for a strong president or even a strong party." [Size Matters in Mexico's Macho Elections, Reuters, April 26, 2006]
Given the crime rate, the sophomoric mentality and the rabid nationalism Mexico brings to the U.S., I can't fathom the White House's fascination…even though I understand but naturally disagree with the cheap labor angle.
We want more of Mexico? We want ourselves condemned to the locker room crowd?
When I first moved to Lodi about 18 years ago, I told my old New York friends that I would walk from one side of town to the other at any time of the day or night without fear.
That's no longer true. As I file this column on May 11, 2006, the Lodi News-Sentinel has three stories on pages two and three of today's edition.
[Stranger breaks into home in attempt to rape Lodi woman, by Layla Bohm, Lodi News-Sentinel, May 11, 2006]
[Five years after Lodi shooting, murder suspect's trail begins, by Layla Bohm, Lodi News-Sentinel, May 11 2006]
[Lodi teen Adrian Cortez's murder trail heads to jury, by Layla Bohm, Lodi News-Sentinel, May 11, 2006]
Right-minded Americans want the same thing I do.
I want my town back.
I want my country back.
Joe Guzzardi [email him], an instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.