According to the author of the cited article American citizens of Mexican descent want a path to citizenship for those of their ethnic community who are presently residing illegally in the US. At the same time they find it acceptable that there be fairly onerous conditions placed on the "path" to citizenship.
"Latino voters are very comfortable with requirements regarding old or outstanding taxes, criminal background checks, continuous residence in the US and the learning of English. The community is more or less evenly divided on a provision for directly fining people, and a majority oppose touch-back provisions that requires undocumented residents of the US to return to nations of origin to complete the paperwork process." Beyondchron
I can see all that as a reasonable set of aspirations so long as it is combined with a continuing major effort to halt illegal immigration across our borders.
It is at that point that I part company with people like Congressman Gutierrez of Illinois who baldly insists that deportation of illegal residents of the US must stop. Living in the US without citizenship or a proper visa is a violation of US law. Was Gutierrez not sworn to uphold US law?
The president elect of Mexico has recently been in Washington talking about Mexico's hopes and requirements with regard to the US.
Americans should start talking about our demands and desires with regard to Mexico. The Mexican-American lobby operation in the US is seeking to create an ambiance in which only Mexico and Mexican-Americans in the US have "rights." In fact this relationship between the two countries must be one of reciprocity.
What should we want from Mexico in return for the "immigration reform" that it wants here?
- We should insist on the right to reside permanently anywere in Mexico that we choose after emigrating there legally. There should be a clear path to Mexican citizenship that mirrors provisions in US law. This path should not include a necessary renunciation of US citizenship. US law does not require that for naturalization.
- We should insist on the right to own real property in Mexico on the same basis as Mexican citizens. This should apply to personal as well as commercial property.
- We should insist that net profits after taxes of American owned businesses in Mexico should be fully repatriatable.
- We should demand a joint US/Mexican judicial tribunal that tries drug traffickers and condems the guilty to execution or imprisonmnt.