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    Mexico boosts support system for immigrants in U.S.

    Mexico boosts support system for immigrants in U.S.
    The Associated Press
    Oct. 3, 2007 05:24 PM

    DALLAS - The Mexican government is giving its consulates in the U.S. more resources and wide latitude to ramp up a campaign to toughen its defense of immigrants, officials familiar with the strategy said.

    The move comes as deportations reach an all-time high and the toughest crackdown in decades by the U.S. government and police authorities.

    Among the actions under discussion are the creation of an anti-defamation league similar to that focused on protecting Jews; budget increases for some of the 47 consulates - especially in regions such as North Texas where Mexican migration has been swift and plentiful; and a media campaign aimed at counteracting groups opposed to illegal immigration and sometimes legal immigration.


    The effort underscores the tension in U.S. communities grappling with problems created by illegal immigration. And it is sure to further incense groups already demanding a crackdown on immigration, both legal and illegal.

    Jean Towell, the president of Dallas-based Citizens for Immigration Reform, called the move "arrogant," saying that the Mexican government does not "have the right to meddle in our affairs.

    "They have come out before saying it is wrong for us to meddle in Mexico's affairs," she said. "They are losing human capital. It would be better if they provided the right kind of incentives to keep their people there. It is a no-brainer."

    Mexican government officials gave few additional details about the plan, but said it would cover 11 million first-generation nationals, half of whom live in an "irregular migratory situation."

    Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said the plan "is guaranteed to backfire."

    "They may feel that if they want an amnesty, they have to try," he said. But "they are going to be directly engaging in American politics. That is something American consuls would be deported for."

    Krikorian said he was surprised by the new approach because Mexico's current U.S. ambassador, Arturo Sarukkhan, usually chooses his words so carefully.

    Nearly two dozen U.S.-based immigrant leaders, including North Texans, flew to Mexico City recently to meet with senior officials of the Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry to discuss the strategy. The Foreign Ministry and its Institute for Mexicans Abroad, or IME, is carrying out the government's plan.

    Mario Ramirez, a Dallas businessman and Mexican immigrant who attended the meeting, said he knows his loyalty to the U.S., as a naturalized citizen, will be questioned.

    But "as descendants of Mexicans and citizens of the United States, we feel it is our responsibility to create bridges of understanding because the anti-Mexican mood in the United States is causing us - and both countries - much harm," he said. "What do we have to lose anymore? We've been beaten up to the point that all we can do is fight back . . . Things will get worst before they get better."

    Foreign Ministry officials officially called the meeting part of a "strategy" by President Felipe Calderon to "reinforce consultations and communications with organizations dedicated to the defense of the rights of migrants . . ."

    Quiet diplomacy has failed, said those at the Mexico City meeting. As evidence, they pointed to what they call the "venomous" immigration debate over immigration and the death of legislation this summer to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.

    "There is a sense that nothing will happen in the next two years in the U.S. Congress so Mexican immigrants are determined to keep the issue alive and defend themselves with efforts like funding their own anti-defamation league," said Andres Rozental, a former Mexican ambassador and private consultant. "That in itself is quite an impressive statement."

    A more vigorous defense of immigrants, over time, might bring politicians back to the negotiating table, some said.

    "Our fight is no longer inside the beltway," said one senior Mexican official, who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.

    "We have been forced to change our strategy."

    The Mexico City meeting took place Sept. 15, the start of Mexico's Independence Day festivities. Hours later, at the National Palace, President Calderon gave the traditional grito of independence from Spain. Revelers in Dallas viewed a taped message in which Calderon boldly expressed his disappointment over the "lack of political good will" that led to the failure of an immigration overhaul.

    The tension created by Congress' failure to overhaul a broken immigration system is evident in cities across the country - where local and state governments are taking it upon themselves to address problems created by illegal immigration.

    Some 41 states, including Texas, have stiffened requirements for driver's licenses, placing a tourniquet on the ability of illegal immigrants to get what many workers consider an invaluable document. Scores of small communities have passed ordinances to crack down on day laborer sites. And still others, such as Farmers Branch, have adopted tough rental housing measures that have been challenged by U.S. lawyers.

    In Irving - a place where one out of three persons is foreign-born - deportations have soared to about 300 a month since city police began more rigorous interaction with federal immigration officers a year ago.

    When the Mexican Consul Enrique Hubbard Urrea heard reports that police had been targeting common areas in apartment complexes, asking people about their immigration status, the former ambassador spread the word in the immigrant community to stay out of Irving.

    Community protests began, followed by cheers from residents against illegal immigration.

    Eduardo Rea, spokesman for the Dallas Mexican consul and a key diplomat in that office, said they are very worried about the rights of immigrants in Irving.

    "We are trying to defend the rights of the people and at the same time, go to more forums, so that people understand the law and know that they have to respect it. And obviously, (make sure) that they understand their rights."

    Illegal immigrants now face the most significant crackdown in the United States in decades.

    In the first 10 months of this fiscal year, Immigration and Custom Enforcement carried out more than 220,000 alien removals - or roughly the population of Plano, Texas. That's nearly double the number in fiscal year 2001, according to ICE statistics.

    Mexico has a mixed record in defending its workers in the United States, note historians and immigrant advocates.

    In the 1930s, Mexico defended Mexicans and their U.S. citizen children in the San Diego, Calif., area when a school district tried to send those children to separate and inferior schools. The case was the first successful legal challenge to school segregation, said Paul Espinosa, an Arizona State University professor and filmmaker who produced a documentary on the episode called the Lemon Grove Incident.

    "The 1930s is a period where they were quite active," Espinosa said of the Mexican consulates. "It was quite challenging. They had to be active without appearing to be active."

    And so it is now, the professor said.

    Still, it remains unclear how richly the Mexican government will finance its plan. Many Mexican consulates have complained for years about being strapped for resources. In Dallas, the last two Mexican consuls have repeatedly announced plans to shutter their overcrowded offices off the Stemmons Freeway for something more spacious.

    In a statement released Friday, the Foreign Ministry reiterated its commitment to consulates sand said it would move the Dallas office into larger offices. It also said it has approved two more consulate offices, one in Boise, Idaho and another in Anchorage, Alaska.

    Still, other questions remain.

    Primitivo Rodriguez, a Mexico City resident who attended the meeting, said he worries that it's too late for the Mexican government to try a new strategy, and many Mexicans may soon be returning to a country unable to provide good-paying jobs.

    "There is a tsunami, not a thunderstorm, coming toward us, and I don't think the government has a plan," said Rodriguez, coordinator of the Coalition for the Political Rights of Mexicans Abroad, which has members in Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. "What will Mexico do with so many unhappy, desperate people? Mexico is simply not prepared for what's coming next."


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    I think I'm going to be sick.

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    "Our fight is no longer inside the beltway," said one senior Mexican official, who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.
    They are coming after us on the ground now in the cities and states. Mexico is taking off the gloves and so shall we.

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    In strict interpretation of international law and sovereignty, this quote is a blatant admission that the government of Mexico is interfering with domestic US government and policies:
    "Our fight is no longer inside the beltway," said one senior Mexican official, who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.
    It isn't any of their business - plain and simple.
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    Re:
    Still, other questions remain.

    Primitivo Rodriguez, a Mexico City resident who attended the meeting, said he worries that it's too late for the Mexican government to try a new strategy, and many Mexicans may soon be returning to a country unable to provide good-paying jobs.

    "There is a tsunami, not a thunderstorm, coming toward us, and I don't think the government has a plan," said Rodriguez, coordinator of the Coalition for the Political Rights of Mexicans Abroad, which has members in Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. "What will Mexico do with so many unhappy, desperate people? Mexico is simply not prepared for what's coming next."
    And, why is it only NOW they are just beginning to think about these problems...??? My advice to the government and people of Mexico, is:
    The first thing I would do is implement a tax policy which makes your super-rich elite *begin* to pay taxes. Then, I'd enact and empower a branch of government to actively enforce those policies - you know, like our IRS? Mexico needs to start taking care of it's own (as we should do for ourselves) and stop using the US as it's economic 'drug of choice'.

    And, while I'm thinking of it, why is it, that we hear so much about hard-working people, only seeking opportunity, wanting the 'freedom to work and succeed', die hard capitalists to the core, etc.... why, then, does Mexico have a state-run oil monopoly??? (PEMEX) Maybe those oil profits should be used to develop the country instead of being squandered on the gov't oil bureaucracy and the lining of billionaire's wallets.
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    The Mexican government has no pride in themselves or their broken, backwards country. If they did have pride, they would reform instead of whining for American taxpayers to take care of their citizens.

    And one more thing. If this is the "most significant crackdown in the United States in decades" on illegal immigration, this just shows how little enforcement there has been.
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    Our country has been Mexico's release valve long enough. We haven't done them any favors by allowing illegal immigration to go unchecked. If we enforced our laws Mexico would have to reform their own country.
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    A Third World Broke As_ Country; led by a Third World Broke As_ President might take a little advice to clean up his back yard before they even attempt to take a look in our back yard for funk.

    Notice how the pocket book drives a responce in Mexico's defence of it's Citizens... not American Citizens ... MEXICAN Citizens.

    I would suggest after we boot out all of the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS they take back they're country from a Corrupt Government

    JUST LIKE WE ARE GOING TO DO!!!!!!
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    The only reason they're fighting to keep their mexican citizens illegally in the US because if deportations continue Mexico will have an uprising and the people who are forced back to Mexico will actually demand change in the country. They don't care about their citizens only the remittances they send back. Mexico is corrupt and that tsunami of people flooding back to Mexico is going to hit and I for one cannot wait because then let's see who the Mexican government is going to come to for help. I think Calderon is going to crawl on his knees begging for help from the US when his government is going to get over thrown by his unahppy citizens because he has no course of action that will enable the Mexican government to have jobs for these people being deported back to Mexico. Well I guess Calderon can always give a map to the returning people telling them how to get to canada.

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    Here is the link to the article in the Dallas Morning News

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... 8b595.html

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