Monday, March 21, 2005

Not so crazy afterall.

Mexican President, Vincente Fox, concerned with losing the economic windfall his legal and illegal countrymen send back to Mexico, has taken offense that some groups in the US are exercising their right to a sovereign border, which seems awfully arrogant considering that a report was released today estimating the number of illegals in the US at 10.3 million.
Mexican President Vicente Fox believes concerned Americans joining civilian border groups to help guard against massive illegal immigration from his country are little more than extremists trying to take the law into their own hands.

Specifically, Fox is criticizing a group calling itself the Minuteman Project, which plans to patrol the border for 30 days beginning April 1 with some 950 volunteers. Fox and other Mexican officials say such groups are creating an anti-immigrant sentiment that is spreading across the U.S., says a report in the Arizona Republic.

"There are signs of these kinds of problems present today, and [they are] progressing," Fox told reporters this weekend. "We have to act quickly and on time to prevent these kinds of actions."

"We totally reject the idea of these migrant-hunting groups," Fox said. "We will use the law, international law and even U.S. law to make sure that these types of groups, which are a minority ... will not have any opportunity to progress."

"Vicente Fox can rant and rave all he wants, but he obviously doesn't understand what a democracy means," Chris Simcox, a co-organizer of the Minuteman Project, told the Republic. "We have been working within the law."

Fox, who will be in Texas next week to meet with President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, also criticized recent U.S. legislative efforts to fund construction of border fences.

"We are convinced that walls don't work. They should be torn down," he told reporters. "No country that is proud of itself should build walls. No one can isolate himself these days."

A number of U.S. lawmakers say they are concerned about possible infiltration of terrorist elements into the U.S. via Mexico, after American intelligence officials testified recently that there is evidence al-Qaida and other groups may try to infiltrate from south of the border – like hundreds of thousands of Mexican migrants every year.

Fox, however, downplayed those concerns. Regarding terrorists using Mexico as a transit point into the U.S., he said, "We have absolutely no evidence of that."

No? What about this, this or
this? And what kind of tax do illegals have on our health care, when uninsured or unpaid care is given to whoever walks into a hospital? And the tax on our schools? Even children of illegals are required to get a desk? Better life? Sure, but what about the $118 million Arizona spent in jailing illegals last year? Seems to me that a full fence would be a good investment, but not for Senior Fox.

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