As 2018 ends, I want to take this moment to thank all of you. I want to thank anyone that has read or reads my musings. The fundamental success of my blog are the readers who take the time to read my posts. You and your fellow readers give me the reason to continue my blog, so I thank you.

In 2018 I made some changes to my blog. As you have seen, I’ve moved away from El Paso politics towards border politics. Donald Trump has taken over my blogging activities because of his obvious hatred of Mexicans, like me. But, I’m not the only one. If you look at most news media outlets, Trump dominates the news cycle across most of them.

As such, it only makes sense that Donald Trump is a major focus of many of my blog posts.

But I haven’t moved away from my focus on border politics. It is all interrelated.

For 2019, I expect that border politics and immigration will dominate the news cycles. Although a part of me believes that immigration has finally become a political issue to be addressed. Although, sadly, it will likely be relegated back as a hot potato that politicos use to distract voters from other problems facing the country.

Today, as before, the Democrats use immigration as a rallying point, but in fact, remain unwilling to seriously deal with the issue because much of their labor base does not want to have to compete with immigrants for work.

That remains the fact, notwithstanding, the pontification of immigration reform from the Democrats.

The Republicans have simply abdicated their party and have fragmented into obscurity as they weather the Trump Administration hoping that the Republican Party remains somewhat relevant in the upcoming election cycles. The Republicans will focus on stuffing the federal benches with conservative-leaning judges while hoping that Trump does not irrevocably destroy the Republican Party.

As much I as I would love to see immigration reform in America, I expect that the status-quo will remain the same. I’ll continue to point out the hypocrisy out in 2019.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

One reply on “Thank You For Your Support in 2018”

  1. You’re welcome. Thank you for your posts and allowing for comments.

    As I read this article (link below) last night I recalled one of your posts on the voting rights for immigrants who have green card, at least at the local level.

    The two wings use immigration in their own ways as long as it serves their agendas. The thing with the Rs is not that they are worried el trompas ruining their party after all he is doing their dirty work; it’s that he’s a bit out of “control” and he doesn’t follow the “protocol”. Los Rs estan de c****a quedito but circle the wagons they will. Remember Flake?
    “Another objection might be that a national community should have the power to determine who is and isn’t allowed in its borders, and that granting non-citizens voting right might alter its capacity to do so. But such a notion of self-determination forgets that US economic policies and military interventions abroad have destabilized countless countries and eviscerated many migrants’ own capacity for self-determination.”

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