Yesterday, on the front lawn of the White House, Mexican President Felipe Calderon (through a translator) strongly denounced the Arizona Immigration law as President Obama stood near by. Calderon rehashed the White House’s talking points of “racial profiling” within the law. It appears actually reading the law is a taboo subject for anyone opposing it since both Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security (and former AZ Governor) Janet Napolitano have both admitted to not reading the bill. But in fairness to them, if they actually read the bill it would be much more difficult to object to it since it clearly forbids racial profiling and actually mirrors current Federal Law.
Suspiciously absent from Calderon’s speech was any mention of how the violent narcotics trafficking and border war currently occurring in his country is affecting Arizona and its residents nor was there any mention made of the more than 300 reported kidnappings in the Phoenix area in 2009, the large majority of which involved Mexican citizens (also known as illegal immigrants). He did however mention the need for the United States to stop the flow of weapons across the border which help fuel the drug wars. So just to recap he took a shot at both a states right to protect its border and citizens as well as a jab at our 2nd Amendment. Sounds like Obama’s speech writers were working overtime.
Later in the day, President Calderon was interviewed on CNN by Wolf Blitzer and surprisingly, Blitzer asked some remarkably pointed questions and didn’t seem to be “towing the line” of the Obama Administrations talking points. Calderon conducted the interview in English, showing he has great mastery of the language. So why was his speech done in Spanish? For the benefit of the airplay he could get back home while trashing America? (Just a thought)
Calderon’s first revelation was admitting his country has issued a travel advisory for Mexican Citizens to avoid traveling to Arizona. So now Arizona is going to miss out on all those Mexican tourist dollars as well as the nuts from San Francisco and LA? Darn! When asked why a person traveling from Mexico with the correct paperwork should worry about traveling to Arizona his response was; “because they look Mexican.” Brilliant! Of course, the police officers have nothing better to do than waste their time, not to mention risk their careers, by stopping people who “look Mexican.” Take it from someone with more than 20 years in Law Enforcement, we have better things to do!
Later in the interview President Calderon admitted if citizens from Guatemala, Honduras or other countries on their southern border wanted to enter Mexico, they would need to fill out paperwork with their correct name and verification of no criminal history prior to entering. He further admitted that any person who entered the country illegally was caught trying to get a job would be deported. So again, lets recap. If you are not a Mexican citizen and you try to enter their country you must follow a LEGAL process to do that. If you attempt to avoid that process, and enter illegally and they find out about it you will be deported. And the Arizona Law is bad why? I wonder if he is against the law because of the estimated 1 billion dollars per year that illegal immigrants reportedly ship back to their families in Mexico. Money earned in the United States while working illegally and paying little or no taxes. Here’s a thought, how about raising the standard of living in YOUR country so YOUR citizens won’t feel the need to come here illegally? We certainly don’t see a flood of Canadians coming from our Northern Border each year.
Again, let’s clear up the difference between immigration and ILLEGAL immigration. The United States is not MY country, it is OUR country. We recognize the important history immigration has played over the past 250 years and we still welcome, with open arms, those who want to come here to make a better life. But once you get here, follow the rules, follow our laws and don’t expect America to change for you. You’re not special, America is!