Think of yourself as a married American man. Imagine you and your wife have decided that you will sneak in to Canada because you feel you cannot do well in America, you cannot earn your fortune.

Now imagine you have been gone years. Perhaps you send money home once in a while. Though, otherwise you don’t do much about contacting your wife and kids. Still, even if you do your wife is raising your children alone. Your children have no memory of you. To them you are only a name on a money gram or a check.

Would your wife like this arrangement? Would you feel you were being a proper Father with this arrangement?

Or is it more likely that she would want you to come home? Don’t you think she would be sick and tired of your absence, even for the money?

The Washington Times brings us a story that reminds us that illegal immigration has a face to it that few think about. This face is that of Fatherless children and wives without their men stranded in Mexico. This is a story of whole towns in Mexico emptied of working age men who have run off to the United States to make more money.

The women of Tecalpulco, Mexico have created a cottage industry built upon the arts and crafts made by the local women left in the area and, along with advertising their works, they have created a website publicly calling for the USA to enforce its border laws. These industrious and lonely women want the USA to send their men home to them.

Calling themselves “Wetback Wives, Wetback Widows”, these women have had enough.(

TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT – CLOSE THE BORDER SEND OUR MEN HOME TO US, EVEN IF YOU MUST DEPORT THEM (only treat them in a humane manner – please do not hurt them)

The work is in the United States that is why the men left.

Leaving millions of broken families in the villages now our men are running from the police

But now we have organized our village cottage industry around the traditional handcraft jewelry of our region of Mexico.

Our village of Tecalpulco was very successful in the 1980s when our parents were the creators of the abalone shell jewelry

Ours is a beautiful place to live and since we have formed our womens artisans cooperative and begun to have some success our hope is that the Mexican men who have gone to the US return.

We dont need anybodys help, we are proud artisans, not anyone can make, the kind of beautiful jewelry we make in our workshops. God will help us to meet the needs of our family
to surmount the great difficulties we have always faced, as Mexican women over the centuries.

Writer David Yeagley of also had a short story on this last May wherein some letters written by these desperate women were published. Yeagley also locates Tecalpulco, Mexico for us: “Tecalpulco is a small village in Guerrero, Mexico, on Mexico’s southernmost border. It is just north of the city of Campuzano”, he writes.

On the Wetback Wives site we see the plaintive pleas from these abandoned women.

One woman asks for Ruben to come home. “I know we agreed you should try your fortune in the United States, but I didn’t know that it would be so lonely and that you would be gone for such a long time, please return to us,”

Another one calls out to Pedro, “how I miss you. you said you were only going to Arizona to get money for our house but now you have been away and did not come back when your sister got married. Oh how I worry that you have another woman! Dont you love me? You told me you love me. You love me. I know you love me, and our life together”

This aspect of illegal immigration is one not often thought about and reveals yet one more reason why the USA should take control of its borders. We Americans need to stop illegal immigration for ourselves, of course. But also for the Mexican families torn apart as a result of their men leaving home.

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