For more than a year, the shirts and pants worn by agents and inspectors with U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been made in Mexico. The uniforms are supplied by VF Solutions of Nashville, Tenn., which subcontracts its work to plants in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republican.
This according to a November 27 story by the Associated Press.
“The principle of it seems almost like an oxymoron,” said James Stack, the National Border Patrol Council’s vice president for the region that includes Texas and New Mexico. “Most agents don’t like it.”
Naturally, Mr. Stack was groping for the word ironic, not oxymoron, but he isn’t being paid to teach undocumented migrants English.
Now before you write to your Congressman, recall that the root cause of Mexican illegal immigration is joblessness (see my recent three-part series on the subject, beginning here: Coming to America).
So… as we hire more border agents whose uniforms say Made in Mexico, we are creating good jobs for more unemployed Mexicans, thus taking away their incentive to enter the US illegally and reducing the need for more border agents. It’s a classic win-win proposition, don’t you think?