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Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been making a big splash here lately. I’m wondering if our authorities checked his credentials when he entered the country. Probably not … racial profiling and all that, you know.
But the major news channels all dutifully trumpeted and broadcast his address to Congress, in which he lectured America on how we should conduct our immigration policy. After complimenting us on our history and standing in the world, he stated emphatically his disapproval of Arizona’s recent announcement that the state will more strictly enforce our immigration laws. He paraphrased President Obama’s earlier remarks about the Arizona stance not being reflective of America’s moral code and ethical standards.
You may have seen the reaction on TV: Speaker Pelosi jumped to her feet and applauded wildly, at which the whole left side of the hall (the Democratic side) also stood and applauded, while the whole right side (the Republican side, of course) sat stolid and non-approving – much the same reaction as that of our Supreme Court justices when Obama chided them in front of the world for a decision he disagreed with.
Even without any approval or support from the right side of Congress, I’m sure both presidents were gratified by their mutual support of each other and Calderon’s lecturing statements, which would immediately and repeatedly be spread abroad by the obedient media.
But amazingly, the Mexican president, after a congratulatory visit to the White House, granted one in-person TV interview, with Wolf Blitzer of CNN.
He probably deeply regrets doing that now.
To his great credit, Blitzer really pinned Calderon down on his own country’s immigration policies and enforcement of its laws. Blitzer had actually read Mexico’s laws – which have been, and are, far tougher on illegals entering their country than America’s are on illegals here!
They’ve never been a secret. Surely you, like I, have read the horror stories about Americans stranded in Mexico after money and passports were lost or stolen. About the extortion by authorities, and imprisonments in notorious Mexican jails and, in the last several years, the disappearance and murders of visitors by rampant criminal gangs.
I remember several fact-based TV movies about tourists being extricated from prisons in Mexico, once by a heroic helicopter rescue. Even our government has advised against “spring break” visits to Mexico by exuberant American college students – because of real dangers caused by rampant lawlessness, corruption, drug cartels and renegade gangs, armed to the teeth and threatening even to Mexican law enforcement.
But it’s being more widely revealed and known now: MEXICO’S IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE MUCH, MUCH TOUGHER ON ILLEGALS THAN AMERICA’S. And in his interview with Blitzer, Calderon – stammering at times, looking for the right words – had to admit it.