TACKLING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION THROUGH INVESTMENT

How do you keep the Mexicans from sneaking across the border? As the NAFTA nations meet to tackle the issue, some suggest economically sprucing up their home country so that its residents wouldnt want to leave in the first place.

Not a new concept its what the North American Free Trade Association was set up to do, indirectly but the proposed model offers something of a refresher course.

This assumes that the immigrants need the low-end jobs in more developed economies than vice-versa; that vice-versa is the standard argument for the Bush Administration (even if its not clearly spelled out). In the EUs case, the curtailment of Spanish and Portugese cheap labor was quickly replaced by a Turkish, North African and Arabic influx and a more contentious immigration imbroglio today. So even if an economic renaissance is pulled off in Mexico, the void left on the continents economic lower rung will be filled by Central and South Americans, or some other eager immigrant group.

DONT ASK WHERE THEY KEEP THE INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS

If you were to come upon a business establishment named CUM Books Well, you could make some pretty safe assumptions about what sort of books youd find inside.

Except, if said establishment was in Johannesburg, youd be wrong. Because CUM Books is a leading Christian bookstore chain in South Africa. So take that, sinner.

Why would a Bible-pushing business opt for such an unfortunate name? Apparently, the South African national character has a thing about indiscriminate linguistic and cultural labels.

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