Felipe Calderón gets applause for criticizing the Arizona law, since he’s impotent in providing jobs and security to his own people:
And requests ban on “assault weapons and other deadly arms” as if his own army and police weren’t deserting and taking their weapons:
Congress would do well to listen to the US electorate: 71% in Arizona Now Support State’s New Immigration Law.
Calderon Criticism of Arizona Law Overlooks Mexico’s Tough Immigration Policy
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been ripping into Arizona’s immigration law as he tours Washington — while appearing to disregard the way his own country cracks down on immigrants along Mexico’s southern border.
Calderon said Wednesday that his country would retain its “firm rejection” of a policy where “people that work and provide things to this nation will be treated as criminals.”
The comments came just weeks after Amnesty International issued a report claiming illegal immigrants in Mexico — typically from Central America — face abuse, rape and kidnappings, and that Mexican police do little to stop it. When illegal immigration was a criminal offense in Mexico, officials were known to seek bribes from suspects to keep them out of jail.
Calderón mentioned next November’s global warming meeting in Cancun (why don’t they have these warming meetings in Northern Finland?), and closed by saying, “I believe in the future of North America as the strongest, most prosperous region in the world. That is possible.”
This is a particularly telling phrase. Mexicans refer to the USA as “North America”, not as America; by using this term in this context Calderón connotes that the US and Mexico already are one country.
Or is he including Canada in that?
I’ll be talking about this in this morning’s podcast at 11AM Eastern.