Going Home…

Two years ago, I

North Carolina Republican Congressional
candidate Vernon Robinson about his position on illegal

Robinson told me that Mexicans:


have homes.
We need to help them go home

Sadly, Robinson didn`t win his
Congressional bid. But his remark is worthy of
revisiting because of the constant implications by the


pro-illegal alien lobbyists
that returning Mexicans
to Mexico is

cruel and unusual punishment.

That`s a fascinating analysis when
you think about it. Normally, "going home" is
synonymous with all things good.

A lexicographer`s society once
concluded that along with "mother" and "love,"
"home" is one of the most comforting English

Look at American song and
literature: "I`ll
Be Home for Christmas
," "Home
on the Range
," "My
Old Kentucky Home
," "Look
Homeward, Angel
," "North
Toward Home

People feel better just reading the

Why then does suggesting that
Mexicans return home create such resistance?

Outside of the fact that

are higher in the US, Mexico doesn`t sound
like such a bad place…at least not after reading the
Mexico Tourism


Mexico, the thrill next door

begins at a horizon line, joining the heavens and the
desert in one great extension that invites us to
discover Mexico`s mystery with an endless of enticing

magnificent beaches to breathtaking canyons, desert and
mountains views, the vast region is one of unsurpassed
scenic beauty. Colonial Towns and prehistoric cave
paintings are a reminder of Mexico`s rich past while
gleaming cities are a testament to the nation`s vibrant
contemporary culture."


are more inviting:

beaches of México go on for over 9,660 kilometres. If
México is a treasure of breathtaking vistas and
beautiful places, the crown jewels must surely be our
beaches. The visitor will find white sands and turquoise
waters surrounding our Caribbean islands and beaches in
Cancún, Isla Mujeres (Women Island) and Cozumel, in the
State of Quintana Roo. To the west are the secluded
coves and palm-lined stretches along the Pacific coast
with places like Acapulco, Huatulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo,
Manzanillo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Beyond them
lies the stark, almost surreal contrast of land and sea
found on the

Baja California
, with beaches in La Paz, Loreto and
Los Cabos."

And the


is home of nearly 30,000 species of flowering plants,
including a thousand species of orchids and a thousand
species of birds, including fifty species of
hummingbirds alone. In the past, one might have planned
vacations from the viewpoint of trying to get away from
it all, but this time the visitor may be ready to step
away from the man made, and step into a world of more
natural wonders in

Baja California
and the Sea of Cortés, the Copper
Canyon, Sian Ka`an Biosphere, Cozumel, Xel Ha or Xcaret,
an ecological area near Cancún billed as `nature`s
sacred paradise`, with

underwater caverns,
tropical lagoons and channels
for excellent snorkeling."

Illegal aliens don`t want to return
to "paradise"? They prefer instead to work in an

Arkansas poultry plant
in substandard conditions at

slave wages?

I`m confused. Even allowing for
tourism hype, I can`t quarrel with Mexico`s self

I`ve traveled to Mexico and to

. If I were a Mexican, I`d

want to go home

Among most Mexicans I know,

home is where the heart is
…they live in the U.S. but

remain in Mexico. [Vdare.com
note: Sam Francis

wrote in 2003
Mexican immigrants frequently had

their bodies sent home for burial.



and customs are alive and widely celebrated
among my students.

If Mexicans are asked about
returning, their normal reply is that "there`s
nothing for me there."

But like so many

trite statements
that are repeated until
automatically accepted as truth, Mexico is

not a barren economic wasteland

Mexico has the world`s

ninth largest economy
. And as Steve Sailer pointed
out in his

recent blog
, "five billion people live in
countries with

lower per capita GDP
than Mexico.

Last weekend, I exchanged thoughts
about "going home" with two of the keenest minds
in immigration reform,

Brenda Walker

Roy Beck

Roy`s view:

is actually a place of some sentiment and that other
than the fact that the person makes less money in
Mexico, there is a lot about the culture, except for the
government, that is

pretty good.
That`s what all the news stories say
when they follow these illegals

back to Latin America
and report on how much nicer
their culture is than ours.

But for
the aliens the question is `Do you think that Mexico is


and that being sent back is tantamount
to persecution?`

person should admit is that going back is not
the cruelest thing in the world.

seems to me that implicit in these cries of how terrible
it would be to go home is that their culture is
retrograde. I wonder if they really want to tout that in

And Brenda posed this question: "Why
are millions fleeing a


Her answer: "America`s
immigration permissiveness that prevents long overdue

and social reforms in


I realize that "going home"
is not a concept that will be embraced immediately.

After all, my

VDARE.COM colleagues

have written extensively about Mexico`s pitfalls.

But I believe that illegal aliens
living in America can go home to fight for a better
Mexico by summoning up the courage they draw upon when

cross the border
, the cunning they deploy when they
arrange for

false documents
, the guile they use when they learn
how to

milk our system
and the tenacity they display when
they march in the streets for "

Imagine the impact 20 million
determined Mexicans could have on their country`s

To the

alien population
in the United States, let it be
known that for now and forever more VDARE.COM—who you
previously perceived as your enemy—is, in fact, your
staunch ally in

helping you fulfill
one of life`s noblest quests:
to go home

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.