The Houston Chronicle reports that Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, doesn’t seem to respect America’s right to manage her borders:
President Felipe Calderon blasted U.S. immigration policies on Sunday and promised to fight harder to protect the rights of Mexicans in the U.S., saying “Mexico does not end at its borders.”
The criticism earned Calderon a standing ovation during his first state-of-the nation address.
“We strongly protest the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government that have only persecuted and exacerbated the mistreatment of Mexican undocumented workers,” he said. “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.”
He also reached out to the millions of Mexicans living in the United States, many illegally, saying: “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.”
Wow. Calderon’s statements just don’t track with reality at all, do they? Every illegal alien in the U.S. is his or her own little Mexican embassy now? That’s hilarious.
A nation’s borders are enforced at its own sole discretion and the relative porousness of said borders has nothing to do with the wishes of the corrupt leadership on the other side of the line/wall/river.
Perhaps what Calderon meant to say is: “Where there is a Mexican, there is a part of Mexico that our inept government drove away, a part that we desperately need to make our country competitive and that we have no idea how to bring back.”
That I could accept. As it is, Calderon’s statement explains much about the illegals’ need to escape the economy incompetence of their own nation and seek a better life in a land where they know from the beginning that the law and the people are against them.
That’s how little hope illegals from Mexico have in their government’s ability to address the problems of corruption, excessive taxation, and a poor job market. Reading their president’s remarks, I can’t say as I blame them.
Cross-posted at The Van Der Galiën Gazette.