Mexican president's blatant
By Lou Dobbs. CNN
New York (CNN) -- September 05, 2007. Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Sunday demanded the United States surrender its sovereignty, abandon the
rule of law and accede to Mexico's inherent supremacy.
Lou Dobbs says Mexican President
Felipe Calderon is showing "blatant hypocrisy" on immigration.
In his state of the union address to the Mexican nation, Calderon
established his imperialistic imperatives: "I have said that Mexico does
not stop at its border, that wherever there is a Mexican, there is
Mexico. And, for this reason, the government action on behalf of our
countrymen is guided by principles, for the defense and protection of
Calderon protested the U.S. government's increased raids on illegal
employers of illegal alien employees and work site enforcement. In what
is little more than a faint nod to the Bush administration's
responsibility to enforce U.S. immigration law, the Department of
Homeland Security had planned to send out notices to employers from the
Social Security Administration informing them of non-matching records
between an employee's name and Social Security number. These employers
would then be forced to resolve any discrepancy within 90 days or be
required to dismiss the employee or face up to $10,000 in fines for
knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.
But then, ethnocentric advocacy groups and some labor unions, trying to
bolster their membership, sued to stop the crackdown on hiring illegal
alien workers. A federal judge in California last week issued a
temporary restraining order blocking the plan, giving a victory to the
AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration
Law Center, all of which brought the suit alleging DHS exceeded its
authority in making the rule.
That U.S. District Court judge ruled as if she were an employee of the
Mexican government, rather than the U.S. government. Homeland Security
was simply enforcing existing immigration laws. Are we not a nation that
follows the rule of law? If not, we're no country at all.
Calderon must have been delighted by the judge's decision. Calderon,
like his predecessors, Carlos Salinas and Vicente Fox, has failed
miserably to establish policies that would create jobs for the Mexican
people and to eliminate shameful, unchecked corruption and incompetence
in the Mexican government.
Even by Mexico's standards, Calderon's blatant hypocrisy is
breathtaking. Calderon told the Washington Post more than a year ago
that he believes laws are not a relative concept, nor subject to a
personal concept of justice. Calderon declared a big difference between
himself and his rival for the Mexican presidency, Manuel Lopez Obrador,
was this: "I believe in the rule of law." Obviously he does not believe
in the rule of U.S. law on U.S. soil.
Calderon can't have it both ways. He cannot fail his citizens at home
and then act as the Great Imperialist Protector of his citizens who are
driven by poverty and corruption to enter the United States illegally.
The United States provides Mexico with an annual surplus of $65 billion
in trade, an estimated $25 billion in remittances from Mexican citizens
living and working here illegally, and at least another $25 billion
generated by the illegal drug trade across our southern border.
But it is President Bush and this Congress who should be most
embarrassed, because they are failing to assert rights for Americans in
their own country, rights far short of those demanded by Calderon for
his citizens living illegally in our nation.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the
Mexico Blasts U.S.
By Traci Carl. The Associated Press. Sunday, September 2, 2007; Mexico
City. 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
Since taking office in December, Calderon has maintained strong ties
with the United States, but he has often denounced U.S. immigration
policy, including more deportations that have divided many families,
sometimes forcing U.S.-born children to build new lives in Mexico.
In one of the most high-profile cases, illegal immigrant Elvira Arellano
was deported recently to Mexico after spending a year in a Chicago
church to avoid being sent home. Her 8-year-old son Saul, who is a U.S.
citizen, flew to Mexico on Friday to be reunited with his mother and
said he plans to stay indefinitely, helping her fight to return to the
Calderon addressed the nation Sunday from the National Palace, avoiding
a showdown with leftist opposition lawmakers who had vowed to prevent
him from making the speech in Congress, as Mexican tradition dictates.
Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal declared Calderon the winner of the
July 2006 race nearly a year ago, rejecting leftist candidate Andres
Manuel Lopez Obrador claims that Calderon's narrow victory was
Calderon's predecessor, Vicente Fox, was also blocked last year from
making his state-of-the-nation address in Congress after leftist
lawmakers stormed the stage and refused to give him passage. The
lawmakers claimed Fox unfairly aided Calderon's win, which Fox denied.
Both are members of the conservative National Action Party.
Lopez Obrador refused to recognize Calderon's eventual victory and
declared himself leader of a parallel government. But he has largely
disappeared from the public eye amid sharp divisions within his leftist
Democratic Revolutionary Party.
Calderon, meanwhile, has garnered some of the highest approval ratings
in Mexico's history.
He said Sunday that Mexico has created 618,000 new jobs since January
and needs to do more to close the giant gap between the rich and the
poor. He also promised not to let up in his nationwide crackdown on drug
gangs who control large swaths of Mexican territory.
"We can close our eyes to the reality, and because we are afraid or
irresponsible, let organized crime take over our streets," he said. "Or
we can decide to fight and defeat crime with all the risks and costs
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