American hedonism closes its eyes to death, and has been
incapable of exorcising the destructive power of the moment
with a wisdom like that of the Epicureans of antiquity.

- Octavio Paz
Death is un-American, and an affront to every citizen's inalienable
right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

- Arnold Toynbee
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"As long as such self-serving hypocrisy
motivates America's response, Ukraine will
only sink further into needless bloodshed,
and that blood will be on America's head."
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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors,
since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors,
for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal
applies only upwards, not downwards.

― Bertrand Russell
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"What those 'racists' are reflexively and rightly reacting
to is the soulless chill as the fire goes out beneath the
melting pot. Those who think America can thrive as a
'cultural mosaic' are worse than fools; they're Canadians."

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Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe.
It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster,
in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe
have grown to appalling dimensions.

― Frantz Fanon
What the United States does best is understand itself.
What it does worst is understand others.

- Carlos Fuentes
Poor Mexico, so far from God
and so close to the United States.

- Porfirio Diaz
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"Indeed, everything about the American southland was magical
and exotic to the young Canadian musicians, from the sights
and smells to the drawling manner of speech to, especially, the
central role that music played in people’s everyday lives."

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America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
- Sigmund Freud
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
- Auguste Bartholdi
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"This is the tone of the China Century, a subtle
mix of Nazi/Soviet bravado and 'oriental'
cunning -- easily misunderstood, and
never
heard before, in a real enemy, by the West."

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"And for the others who argued for English-only
patriotism, I note that there are more than
57 million Americans (about 20% of the nation)
whose first-language is not English...."

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"This is the behavior, and the fate, of paranoid
old-world tyrants like Hitler or Saddam, not liberal new-world democracies like America pretends to be."

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America is the only nation in history which
miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to
degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

- Georges Clemenceau
I found there a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce.
- Charles–Maurice Talleyrand
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle,
and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

- Edmund Burke
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.
- Marshall McLuhan
"The removal of racist sports nicknames (and mascots) seems outrageously belated
-- why, exactly, has this civil rights cause
taken so long to gain momentum?"

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The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the
United States reactionaries use to scare people.
It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.

- Mao Tse-tung
They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but
they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

- Red Cloud
In America sex is an obsession,
in other parts of the world it is a fact.

- Marlene Dietrich
I would rather have a nod from an American,
than a snuff-box from an emperor.

- Lord Byron
One day the United States discovered it was an empire.
But it didn’t know what an empire was.
It thought that an empire was merely the biggest of all corporations.

- Roberto Calasso
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather
be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

- Alexis de Tocqueville
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"No one, I thought, could watch those scenes, of young children slaughtered en masse, and so many parents grieving, without thinking that this, finally, would tip some kind of balance in the country."
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If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams
then you must still regard America today with the same naive
enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.

- Jean Baudrillard
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
- Samuel Johnson
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land.

- Philip Bailey
"What can be more powerful than disinformation in the Information Age?"
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England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- Sir Walter Besant
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by
posterity because he was the last to discover America.

- James Joyce
Now, from America, empty indifferent things
are pouring across, sham things, dummy life.

- Rainer Maria Rilke
If the United States is to recover fortitude and lucidity,
it must recover itself, and to recover itself it must
recover the "others"- the outcasts of the Western world.
- Octavio Paz
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
It has been going on now for three hundred years.

- Oscar Wilde
"America really is, for most Americans, all things considered, a good place to be, and all they really want is for everyone to enjoy the same privilege and pleasure."
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When good Americans die they go to Paris;
when bad Americans die they go to America.

- Oscar Wilde
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America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that
lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.

- Georg Friedrich Hegel
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room.
Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

- Arnold Toynbee
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill
The thing that impresses me most about Americans
is the way parents obey their children.

- Edward, Duke of Windsor
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering
what average opinion believes average opinion to be.

- John Maynard Keynes
Europe was created by history.
America was created by philosophy.

- Margaret Thatcher
America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of
Europe are melting and reforming!... The real American has not yet arrived.
He is only in the crucible, I tell you - he will be the fusion of all races.

- Israel Zangwill
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those
who have seen America only in their dreams.

- Pico Iyer
America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- Ringo Starr
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.
It has never yet melted.

― D.H. Lawrence
I have two conflicting visions of America.
One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

― Bono
The American mirror, said the voice, the sad American mirror
of wealth and poverty and constant useless metamorphosis,
the mirror that sails and whose sails are pain.

― Roberto Bolaño

December 12, 2018

Immigration reform in the U.S. Senate

from The News

Immigration reform in the U.S. Senate

Published on Monday, 01 July 2013 01:10

By Liébano Sáenz

The passing of the immigration reform bill this Thursday in the U.S. Senate is a transcendent measure for both the U.S. and for Mexico. Common sense has finally prevailed. The change isn’t a concession to illegality, as the reform’s opposers would have you believe. In reality, immigrants represent a significant economic contribution for the U.S. Yet, their “irregular” status creates distortions that should be solved through a fair and inclusive formal structure.Another factor that helped change political opinion toward undocumented immigrants is the growing influence of the “Hispanic” vote in elections. Republicans need to be proactive, as the support by this electorate for Democrats is overwhelming. In some ways, what the U.S. gains through immigration, Mexico loses. Many valuable young people and women leave the country because of a lack of opportunity in their hometowns.More than a few regions have been depleted of human capital precisely because of this, though you can’t ignore the benefit of remittances sent by immigrants to their families in Mexico. Unfortunately, these funds in the best part are spent on consumption, rather than invested. Temporary migration is an option that can benefit both countries. U.S. labor organizations and the country’s Chamber of Commerce have agreed on a temporary work program that could create up to 200,000 jobs, depending on economic variables such as unemployment and the opportunities presented by the labor market.The immigration reform has the ability to solve the illegal status of 11 million people. The content of the bill could still be modified, however, in the House of Representatives — the equivalent of our Chamber of Deputies. The reform doesn’t propose an amnesty, but a long process spanning more than 13 years for formalized citizenship, during which migrants would need to show they have no criminal record, pay a fine, pay their taxes, and learn English.One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the proposal that undocumented immigrants would obtain legal status as soon as they start the process — something that would not only bestow them with labor and legal rights, but would mean a virtual integration into the formal work force. An illegal status currently not only means a lower wage, but also jobs in areas that are of little interest to the formal workforce. There are two principal worries among conservatives: they feel uneasy on the one hand “rewarding” those that have entered U.S. territory illegally, and on the other hand, they don’t want to be seen privileging foreigners over natives.The fact is, immigration has always been a fundamental component driving the North American economy. If indeed it’s true that the country’s conservatives traditionally align themselves with the Republican party, it’s also true that here have been important figures in favor of immigration reform within this institution.President George W. Bush sought to make changes to the system (in vain), and now, Marco Rubio, a Cuban American Republican senator from Florida was a key member of the bipartisan committee of eight senators who achieved consensus in the Senate. At 42 years old, he has been rumored as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Concessions made to conservative lawmakers for the bill to pass meant a commitment to strengthening border security through more border guards, more fly-overs, more technology to watch over the border and the construction of more walls.

As with everything, it’s clear that there is a unilateral solution, a product of the political balance that exists in the Senate — a much more favorable environment for the immigrant cause than that in the House of Representatives.

The Mexican Foreign Secretariat has expressed the government’s support for the immigration reform, and a more modern and efficient border. It has also signaled that illegal immigration cannot be tackled by walls or police, but by attending the root causes that push individuals to migrate. It’s clear that the best solution for Mexico is a growing economy, one of the principal aims of the federal government and the Pact for Mexico.

The reforms and the accord in Congress between opposition parties and the government has been a recent phenomenon with enormous potential to improve the negative image of the country around the world, and in this way, make the country more attractive for foreign direct investment.

Though Mexicans comprise the largest number of immigrants in the U.S., they coexist alongside many other nationalities. In the case of the Hispanic groups, Mexico should assume a position of agreement and understanding with Central American countries where, owing to the size of their populations and economies, immigration has become a factor governing economic stability and the nation’s well-being.

As such, Mexico’s foreign policy in relation to the countries to its south should be based on a common goal of responsibility — a central tenet of the immigration issue — and particularly, a complete respect for human rights. This is something demanded of Mexico because of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants that travel north through Mexico from Central America and other parts of the continent.

The legislative route to ratify the Senate’s decision looks to be complicated. The balance between House members favors the conservatives, besides, there isn’t a large Hispanic electorate in many of their regions to put pressure on these representatives who hope for reelection — one of the most potent variables of the legislative vote in the U.S. Congress. The passage of the bill is a question of time.

Sooner or later, the economic and political need created by the millions of undocumented migrants will demand a response.