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Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 7:15 am | Updated: 1:24 pm, Fri Nov 4, 2011.

There’s an old adage: If you want to know the truth, just follow the money trail. In a shocking turn of events, Mexican senators have indicated that they would like some face time with state lawmakers who have enacted tough illegal immigration laws. They contend that they have information that would convince Americans that immigrants coming into our country illegally from Mexico intend to stay out of trouble and contribute to our economy.

Is that supposed to make us feel good? Are we supposed to abandon our efforts to enforce our laws because a bunch of Mexican politicians say illegal immigrants have good intentions? Good intentions or not, the law is the law. That’s like saying we should abandon our drinking and driving laws because a report was prepared showing that most drinkers have good intentions.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mexican senators plan to meet with lawmakers from Arizona, Georgia, Utah, Alabama and South Carolina to present them with their findings. The question is, “Why?”

If you want to know the answer, you just have to follow the money trail. There is no doubt that SB 1070 has proved to be controversial. More than that, it has showed the federal government and the Mexican government that we are serious about protecting our borders. It proves that we are tired of footing the bill for free health care and education for those who come here illegally. Now other states have taken up the fight.

It also threatens the Mexican economy. No one knows for sure how much money Mexican illegals in the U.S. send back to their native country, but most experts agree that it is in the billions of dollars. Some estimates show that Mexico is the recipient of nearly $17 billion in remittances worldwide. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude the majority of these remittances originate from America.

Imagine what would happen to Mexico’s economy if that number dropped sharply. It would devastate their people and leave their country in worse shape than it already is. I contend that this is the reason that the Mexican government is initiating this public relations stunt. They need the money their natives make in America and send back to their country of origin.

Instead, these senators from Mexico should be showing us reports on what they are doing to develop their country and improve their economy that does not rely on Western Union. Show us what you are doing to stem the flow of illegals, narcotics and human trafficking into our country.

It would be nice if we could rely on their reports that illegals in this country have a desire to stay out of trouble and contribute to our economy. How would they know? Do they survey those being smuggled across the border? If so, stop them at the border. Have they surveyed the nearly 9 to 11 million who are already here illegally? If so, provide our government with their identities and whereabouts.

It’s a nice thought, but we cannot afford to abandon our efforts to protect our own citizens because of a report. Let’s face it, this is a farce. If you don’t believe me, just follow the money trail.

• Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard Saturday afternoon on The Mike & Winey Show on 92.3 KTAR from 3-5 PM. (www.mike&winey.com)

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