Mexican President Wants More Cooperation From U.S.
Posted by Joshua Price on February 13, 2008
Yes, you read that title correctly. It seems as though the new Mexican President Felipe Calderon doesn’t think we’re cooperating enough with Mexico and Mexican interests, specifically immigration and their economy.
I guess taking in 12-20 million illegals, mostly from Mexico, and NAFTA isn’t enough cooperation?
From the AP:
“Our nations will never find prosperity by closing their doors,” Calderon told a joint session of the California Legislature in his first U.S. visit since winning office in 2006.
“I know that immigration is a controversial issue today in this great nation. But I strongly believe that Mexican and Mexican-American workers are a large reason for the dynamic economy of California,” he said in prepared remarks.
“The choice is not between migration and security or between migration and prosperity,” Calderon told legislators. “The choice is between a future of integration and success or a future of distrust and resentment between us.”
Calderon said Mexico has taken steps to strengthen security at the border and improve its economy. “I am a president who is not glad to see Mexicans migrating to the United States,” he said.
He added, however, that U.S. prosperity continues to depend on Mexican laborers, and that “we need to make migration legal, safe and organized.”
President Calderon there is a “legal, safe and organized” way to migrate to the United States. It’s called going through the proper immigration channels to become a lawful resident.
You don’t want a legal, safe and organized way; you want your citizens to have unfettered access to this country.
What does Calderon have to say about the Mexican economy?
The government also has reformed the country’s tax and pension systems, attracted a record $23 billion in foreign investment and lowered inflation. He also said it is embarking on a $250 billion, five-year infrastructure plan to improve the country’s harbors, airports and highways.
Despite those efforts, Calderon said Mexico needs more cooperation from the U.S. and California, which has strong economic ties to the country.
Mexico needs investment from California and the rest of the nation to help improve the lives of the working class so its citizens do not have to seek work in the U.S., he said.
So let me get this straight, it’s America’s responsibility to grow the Mexican economy? So basically Calderon is threatening us: either invest and spend more in Mexico in an attempt to grow the Mexican economy or Mexico will send hundreds of thousands more illegals across the border to find work here?
Mr. President, why don’t you worry about growing your economy organically as opposed to the U.S. effectively subsidizing the Mexican economy!
I am so sick and tired of the illegals from any country thinking that are entitle to any- and everything from this country. I’m tired of the government of Mexico telling us that it’s our responsibility to take care of Mexico and its population.