Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Mexico to go the way of Venezuala?

The American Thinker by A.M. Mora y Leon

Not that this would be a major surprise but it would seem to reaffirm the commitment of the border protectors that this is what we need to do with illegal immigration from Mexico. Maybe if Mexicans didn't have the option of using the US to make and send money home to their families their energies might focus on changing the situation in Mexico. Vincente Fox has only exascerbated the problem of corruption in Mexico while at the same time using the poor to bring home money to Mexico.

As a substitute for reform, Fox encouraged Mexicans to skip over the border to the U.S., to take up life as illegal aliens - and send dollars back to Mexico. Ten percent of Mexican voters now live in the U.S. legally or illegally, but they account for fifty percent of Mexico's purchasing power. And they send home enough billions in foreign exchange to make the government in Mexico very comfortable indeed. The Interamerican Development Bank says they sent home $16.6 billion in 2004, up from $10.5 billion in 2000, the year Fox was elected. Fox has called these people 'heroes' - encouraging U.S. banks to accept Mexican identification cards to ease money transfers in 2002 and permitting his government to print out booklets advising Mexicans how to get over the border illegally but safely by 2005.

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