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    Senior Member zeezil's Avatar
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    Calderon: Closing border would be very, very big mistake

    Mexican leader urges U.S. action on drug cartels
    Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:03pm EST
    By Jason Szep

    CAMBRIDGE, MASS., Feb 11 (Reuters) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon said closing the border would be a "very, very big mistake" for the U.S. economy, although he urged Washington on Monday to do more to fight illegal drug cartels.

    In his first visit to the United States since taking office in 2006, Calderon added that he hoped the winner of November's U.S. presidential election could change a perception in the United States that Mexicans are an enemy of American workers.

    "Probably the worst thing that happened in this country is this anti-Mexican or anti-immigrant spirit or perception in the people, and we need to change that," he said in response to a question after giving a speech at Harvard University.

    "I need to change Mexico's perception that the Americans are the enemies, and it's important to change the perception that the Mexicans are the enemy," he added.

    He said Mexico had made big strides in its war against drug cartels but that the United States also bears responsibility for the illegal drug trade and should do more to stop it.

    "Drugs is not only my problem. It's not mainly a problem of Mexico. Our problem is we are the neighbor of the largest consumer of the world. And we are paying the cost for this," he said in his speech to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

    Calderon has deployed 25,000 soldiers in his effort to destroy the cartels, an unprecedented campaign that began shortly after he took office.

    More than 2,500 people were killed in drug violence in Mexico in 2007 and at least 250 have died so far this year as cartels smuggling cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine fight for control of routes to the United States.

    "I think the American government must do its part in this terrible battle," he said.

    Calderon added that the U.S. economy's slide toward recession underscored the need for the United States, Mexico and Canada to integrate their economies into a free market in order to rebuff growing competition from Asia and Europe.


    "The American economy is suffering. But if you take the point of view that the solution for this situation -- the lack of competitiveness in the American economy -- is closing the border, you are making a very, very big mistake," he said.

    "Clearly we are two complementary economies. And that phenomenon is impossible to stop," he said.

    Last year, the U.S. Senate killed President George W. Bush's overhaul of immigration policy, dashing the hopes of some 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, many of them Mexicans.

    Hispanics are the biggest and fastest-growing U.S. minority -- about 15 percent of the population -- with Mexicans accounting for some 75 percent.

    Calderon lamented the sight of Mexican workers leaving for the United States, saying their loss hurt Mexican society, but he said the United States clearly benefited, citing a 2007 report prepared by Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.

    That report said immigrants boosted the productivity of U.S. native-born workers and increased their earnings by as much as $37 billion a year, although it noted "small negative effects" on the earnings of the least-skilled Americans.

    Calderon began his five-day trip to the United States on Sunday in New York. He will also visit Mexican communities in Chicago and California. ... SN11182962
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    On the border
    This is a bunch of bs!
    I've lived around the border on and off all my live and don't recall all these problems. I used to go down with no problem and just have lunch but not anymore. This isn't a matter of open borders we used to cross all the time with no problems, this is all about money and who is going to get it.
    I agree the drug cartels are a major problem and in my opinion they run much of Mexico and that is our problem! Americans are making money from them. But so is most of Mexico and they don't want to lose it.
    It's like a old west town where the bad guys could come in and be safe without fearing the law because they spent their money there and the towns folks just looked the other way cause they made money.
    None of this is any different.
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    Senior Member AirborneSapper7's Avatar
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    May 2007
    South West Florida (Behind friendly lines but still in Occupied Territory)
    the loss of 1 American(s) life (1) is not worth any and all of the pathetic comments this idiot made in favor of keeping our southern border open

    and here we are just over 50,000 Americans that were killed by this invasion.

    It doesnt matter how you slice it or dice it or how much sugar you put on it... this is an invasion onto American soil
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