October 3, 2006
Mexico sends U.S. diplomatic note criticizing plan for border fence
The Associated Press reports that Mexico sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. government saying a plan to build hundreds of miles (kilometers) of fencing on the border to block illegal immigrants would damage relations. President-elect Felipe Calderon urged U.S. officials to reconsider the border plan, saying one "could stop more migrants with a kilometer of new roads and development (in Mexico) than with a wall." In the letter sent Monday to the U.S. State Department, Mexico's Foreign Relations Department called for comprehensive immigration reform to address the issue that has been a sticking point between the countries for years. Click here for the full story.
Sounds like the border fence and an enforcement approach is not good for U.S./Mexican relations.
Netscape ran some interesting commentary on the AP story. It begins like this:
Netscape Anchor Commentary Karina: This morning Netscape News asked two immigration experts to respond to this story. John Keeley is director of communications for the Center for Immigration Studies -- a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit think tank devoted to the study of the impact of immigration on the United States, and an organization that has advocated for stricter border control for some time. We also spoke with Kevin Johnson, a professor at UC Davis and a contributor to the ImmigrationProf Blog. Click here for the rest of the commentary and some heated exchanges among the readers.
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The Mexican government claims to be against illegal immigration, so why shouldn't it support the construction of a fence? I can hardly believe that they're concerned about how wasteful we are in spending our tax dollars. The truth is, a sophisticated fence may just may be successful. Even though it may only succeed in reducing illegal immigration by 75 percent it will still pay for itself. Mexico just can't stand the idea of a fence because it would dash its hopes for an open border and also stand as a monument to their government's abject failure at establishing an economy that supports its citizens.
Frankly, Mexican-American relations have been declining for some time now, fence or not. Fox and his replacement have offended millions of Americans by their continued interference in their political system and efforts to defeat enforcement of their immigration laws. The expansion of their consular system throughout the U.S. and the promotion of Matricular Consular Cards, all in blatant support of illegal alien Mexican nationals, is intrusive and truly offensive to most Americans, so why should they really care if Mexico is offended by a fence?
Posted by: George | Oct 5, 2006 4:48:46 PM