Who said private corporations do not have an interest or the right regulatory incentives in creating jobs? Recently, large multi-billion dollar private sector corporations have set up programs and have started hiring underprivileged teenagers in Texas. These “altruistic”corporations have set out to foster a strong work ethic amongst kids with the added bonus of paying them handsomely every time they finish a simple task. They have set up “command and control centers in Texas actively recruiting children for their operations, attracting them with what appears to be easy money for doing simple tasks.” They are bringing up the next generation of productive citizens who are being taught they need to work for their money. So why the concerns amongst the adults that teenagers are being hired by these corporations? Is it because they themselves want the jobs instead of letting teenagers have it? Or is it just an inherent distrust of big corporations? No, it is neither. It is because these big “private sector corporations” also happen to be the illegal and very violent Mexican drug cartels.

With over  9% unemployment for the last two years and very few new jobs being created in the private sector, we wait with baited breath for the new jobs report released every month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And every month we release that breath with a sigh. Unemployment remains stagnant at over 9%. Desperation has set in and the unemployed will do virtually anything for a job. The job market is so bad, that adults are now targeting jobs once held by teenagers, leaving the younger generation of workers at an unemployment rate of 24.6 percent, according to the Bureau.They have to ‘fight’ the adults for their seasonal jobs. Thus, the temptation for easy money is hard to resist. So while the supposedly 99% of the people are worrying about how corrupt the top 1% is on Wall Street, they should take a harder look at the real corruption in our society; the corruption that is molding our future generations. It is sad that the few private sector firms hiring people for lucrative work are those that are illegal. How do we fix this? Two simple words: border security.

In this past year alone, 25 children have been arrested in one border county in Texas “for running drugs, acting as lookouts, or doing other work for organized Mexican drug gangs” according to Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. At least six drug cartels have started using U.S children as “expendables” and luring them in with “easy money” to perform minor tasks for these cartels. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has started a program called “Operation Detour,” a program which McCraw says Texas will join. The program has law enforcement officials speak with the the parents and the children in the community, to try to deter them from working with these drug cartels.

More than 1,300 people have died along the borders as a direct result of the drug war this past year, and now these cartels are luring in children and becoming an even bigger problem. “The Texas border region represents 9.7% of the state’s population, yet has 19.2% of the state’s juvenile felony drug referrals and 21.8% of the state’s juvenile felony gang referrals.” Clearly, the passive steps by the Texas Department of Public Safety are not working. All is takes for teenagers to change their behavior is being lectured to by adults, right? It is very idealistic and naive to think that just talking with students and their parents will prevent kids from joining these cartels.

Of course this isn’t just a Texas problem, or for that matter just a border state issue. It is a national security issue. Why isn’t the federal government helping? The Obama administration has taken a few steps to help border security but again he has taken a perfectly good Mérida Initiative and made it more passive. There are some good programs like the much needed “The Edge Teen After School Program” that encourages teens to participate in intramural activities. These go a long way in keeping teens occupied and hopefully out of trouble. But these big bad corporations can be very persuasive and the lure of big money for doing easy tasks is just too strong.

According to CBP (Customs and Border Patrol), only when the Bush Administration increased funding to border security, including fencing and border troops, did the United States see a decline in drug trafficking. When Obama eased up, taking a less harsh stance on the issue, trafficking and violence has increased. Sure there are some economic problems to resolve this problem. How much would a fence cost? Well some estimate a fence to cost $21 million per mile. Steep price, I know. But not only would it fix the problem of drug transportation, inherently fixing the violence issues along the border, but it would also fix our illegal immigration issue which is a huge drain on our economy. Lets stem the flow of illegals into our country and take politics out of it; this is for the future of our country.

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