Corruption and immigration, with a special word to Mexico.

Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs. Grand corruption consists of acts committed at a high level of government that distort policies or the central functioning of the state, enabling leaders to benefit at the expense of the public good. Petty corruption refers to everyday abuse of entrusted power by low- and mid-level public officials in their interactions with ordinary citizens, who often are trying to access basic goods or services in places like hospitals, schools, police departments and other agencies. Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power and wealth.

From the Immigration Policy Institute: The United States has been the top destination for international migrants since at least 1960, with one-fifth of the world’s migrants living there as of 2017. More than 43.7 million immigrants resided in the United States in 2016, accounting for 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population of 323.1 million. Immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 86.4 million people, or 27 percent of the overall U.S. population, according to the 2017 Current Population Survey (CPS).

As of 2016, these were the top immigrant groups, by approximate number, living in the U.S.: Mexico,  11.6 million; China/Hong Kong 2.4 million; India, 2.4 million; Philippines, 1.9 million; Vietnam, 1.4 million; El Salvador, 1.3 million; Cuba, 1.3 million; Dominican Republic, 1.1 million; South Korea, 1 million.

I get it, I get the argument, the emotional argument. These poor unfortunate people from all of these different countries want to come to the United States (and Canada and Western Europe). What do almost all of these countries whose immigrants want to settle here have in common? Corruption, corruption, and more corruption. Take a look at the corruption perception index map above. How much movement occurs from countries in yellow (low corruption) to countries in orange and red? VIRTUALLY NONE. The immigrant flow is entirely from high corruption to low corruption.

Sure, corruption may not be the proximal reason they leave, but it is the main cause of the other ills. Corruption flourishes in the soil provided by a worldview, their dominant religion, that: does not recognize a sovereign God; denies personal responsibility, excusing the effects of their decisions as fate or “Inshallah”; does not consider human beings intrinsically sinful…wait, what? You read that right. Religions other than Christianity do not accept that we are born in a state of rebellion against God, but since we are, Civil Government–“the authorities”–is instituted PRIMARILY for the purpose of restraining evil and protecting life, liberty and opportunity! worldviews

Some nations are still living on their “spiritual capital credit limit” and others never had any. Just like living on a credit card with a very high limit, eventually you will max out your credit! I assert that Judeo-Christian principles, and more specifically the theology of the Protestant Reformation, is the most viable source of spiritual capital on which to build a nation “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

The United States, I further assert, for all of our flaws, is the highest example of such a civil government. It is not coincidence nor accident that we are the preferred destination for the world’s immigrants. The U.S. Constitution was based on the Biblical ideas that 1-human beings’ desire for power over others needs to be restrained, because we are rebellious by nature, and if given too much power, we will want more and more and 2-the main role of civil government is to protect the doers of good and restrain and punish the doers of evil! Nations built on that foundation will be viable. Nations built on a foundation of religions that believe in the innate goodness of man, or which worship animals or a pantheon of gods, will fail. They will be the red orange corrupt zones.

If you’re a Leftist, the explanation of why the U.S. and other “western” nations are immigration magnets is simple (and simplistic): Western Imperialism, is the cause of corruption. Wrong! Corruption is homegrown. The perfectibility of Man is a myth. Now, a special word for the government of Mexico, at all levels. In 1973 I spent weeks in rural Chihuahua–in small towns mostly, or camping out–and entered and left Mexico via Ciudad Juarez. At that time, we had no sense of personal danger at all. We had lunch with Federales by the side of roads, were invited into the homes of strangers, and found the people and even the government officials friendly and open. In 1973.

In 2012, according to CNN, Mexico led the world in KFR–kidnap for ranson! Here is an excerpt: As recently as 2005, Monterrey was dubbed the safest city in Latin America by a global consulting firm. Historically a financial bastion, it was in 2010 that Monterrey became victim to the lawlessness and violence spreading throughout the country. Soon, parts of Mexico’s third-largest city turned into a cartel battleground where grenade attacks, shootouts and kidnappings dominated headlines.

While on a national level the government has fought the drug cartels (not very successfully), Mexico is so full of corruption at every level of government, cartel-related violence and the destruction of law and order has continued apace. Acapulco, once a paradise of beauty–notwithstanding full of tourists–is now all but deserted due to violence. Mexico loves to lecture us on how we should treat their illegal immigrants, but if an American was caught in Mexico illegally, they would be jailed with little or no due process! Can you clean yourself up Mexico so your citizens can have a chance to lead their lives? Not so far. As far as the corrupt members of the Mexican police, politicos and military goes–YOU SUCK.

Of course, if there were no demand for drugs, primarily from the U.S. there would be no drug cartels. Maybe not even enough money to spare for corruption. Who knows, maybe the habit of corruption would find another outlet. We’ll probably never know, since demand for drugs isn’t likely to end anytime soon.