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After the furor over the Illegal Alien Amnesty bill died down, I was content to move on to other issues and conversations. I was aware the issue still simmered out there and that flashpoints such as the recent deportation of Elvira Arellano existed, but none seemed serious enough to trigger additional response from me.
Until this morning.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s comments proved a fuel source rich enough to rekindle the flame of outrage in me. Evidently, proponents of illegal immigration are convinced this is a fight they can win. They seem determined to prod the sleeping dog until it gets up and tears their feral cat to pieces once and for all.
Calderon’s comment “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico!” by itself is no more offensive than “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy!”. When you add his statement, “Mexico does not end at its borders!” the meaning of his first statement becomes ominous. Is he suggesting Mexicans are a fifth column here in the US waiting to be activated by Mexico City? Is he saying Mexico’s official position is to make her northern borders irrelevant and that he intends to behave as if they do not exist? If he is concerned he is being misunderstood, he is free to issue clarifying statements. Absent corrections, he either acknowledging we understand him perfectly or he does not care how we take his words. Either option is unacceptable.
… the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government that have only persecuted and exacerbated the mistreatment of Mexican undocumented workers
The insensitivity toward those who support the U.S. economy and society has only served as an impetus to reinforce the battle … for their rights.
It is interesting Calderon classifies US actions as “unilateral” since actions necessary for a bi-lateral participation would need to come from Mexico! It is difficult to dismiss the conclusion Mexico has no intention of working with the US to address our concerns with the assault on our sovereignty.
Additionally, the alleged mistreatment of “Mexican undocumented workers” would cease this afternoon if said workers would simply return to Mexico. No Mexicans are being held here against their will. Where is the responsibility of illegal aliens for their plight being factored into the equation? Nowhere as far as I can tell.
The appeal to “the battle … for [the] rights” of illegal aliens is, perhaps the speech’s most inflammatory statement. Given the comment is from Mexico’s annual State of the Nation address, it is impossible to take it as anything other than representative of Mexican policy and intent. They are going to prosecute the war focusing on the “rights” of their people to do what they want and ignore the “right” of my nation to enforce her laws. This, too, is unacceptable.
I find Calderon’s statements fascinating in light of other information he presents. Mexico has produced 618,000 jobs since January and is continuing to fight to the drug lords who, practically speaking, rule portions of the country. If Calderon intended to speak to nationalistic pride and activism in the hearts of his countrymen, where was the call to Mexicans living abroad to return and participate in building and freeing their own country? If he believes the presence of Mexican workers in the US serves to “support the US economy and society” why does he not desire those supports from his countrymen for their own country and society?
It seems difficult to escape the conclusion that Calderon and Mexico are not interested in any other solution to the problem of illegal immigration other than permitting unfettered access to the US by any Mexican with the desire and ability to get here. So says Mexican President Calderon. That some here are inclined to object doesn’t seem to matter much. And them’s fightin’ words.
Thinking solutions other than unilateral ones take the opinions of all parties involved into account …
Blue Collar Muse