Not sure about this but here goes............
I will be posting for the next few days on what it means to live in a border state and city.
As I am not a writer. I hope to keep it as short as I can. Each post I will write about one subject from Mexico, economics, exploitation of women and children by the drug cartels and their own families. How the illegals have affected my family and two very close friends, These are the stories you will never see on the news. It is the real life I/we live every day.
A little background on me.
I live in Tucson, Arizona which is about 66 miles from Nogales, Arizona and across the border to Nogales Mexico.
My family moved from Chicago to Tucson when I was very young. All and all my family has live here for almost 100 years. Not a super long time but enough time to see what is happening in my state. I lived here till I graduated from The University Of Arizona in Tucson, then moved away to work.
Born in the 40's I grew up in the 50's lived through the 60's and made it through to today.
Today in the news our border with Mexico is overwhelmed by children who are being used by the Cartels, Mexico and even their families.
I have lived with this for most of my life in California and Arizona. It is plain and simple exploitation to circumvent the law for monetary gain and power on both sides of the border.
I lived through the Vietnam War protests but my cause was Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez and the battle to start the United Farm Workers of America. I am not sure if anyone reading this will remember the grape boycotts (started in 1965 lasted 6 years) in California that helped galvanize the UFWA. But I do and I still have a hard time buying grapes even today. This was a big impact on my life.
I will not go into the fight for UFWA but what it boils down to is the rights of workers for better working conditions, payment and the health problems of working with pesticides.
What I learned about economics, was something Cesar Chavez said. He was talking about the growers hiring illegal workers undercutting the boycott by UFWA.
Illegal workers who would work for less money, longer hours in horrible conditions. The very things the union organize the boycott against the growers for.
What was true then has come around and is true today.
It was my "aha" moment.
You can't have a strong middle class (me) or any middle class when we are being undercut by someone who will work for less money, paid under the table and not report it and for longer hours with no benefits.
A strong legal workforce, befits us all.
Next post....... Mexico.