Thursday, May 9, 2013
I was sitting at my desk this morning listening to the Senate Judiciary Committee's "mark up" of the comprehensive immigration reform and jarred by the comments of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who repeatedly used the phrase “hell hole” to refer to Mexico and explain why people migrate from Mexico to the United States. “We have a Canadian border . . . . Why are we OK up there and not OK to the South? [It’s a] tale of two borders — why is one a problem and the other is not? Because Canada is a place where people like to stay. They like Canada. We like Canada. We love to have them visit. They want to go home because it’s a nice place.” Graham continued: “The people coming across the Southern border live in hell holes, they don’t like that. They want to come here. Our problem is we can’t have everybody in the world who lives in a hell hole coming to America.”
The World Bank does not describe Mexico as a "hell hole":
"Mexico, the second largest economy in Latin America, has remained resilient to the U.S. slowdown and the financial turmoil from Europe. Although the country is closely integrated with the U.S. industrial production sector and international capital markets; its strong fundamentals, sound policy frameworks and management have resulted in favorable financial conditions that have supported national economic activity."