Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ted Poe makes Raw Story aghast with truthiness.

Immigration: Interesting recap by RAW Story who doesn't have the best of track records(Karl Rove indictments) but a little bit of searching will find that Poe made some points.

A Congressman took to the House floor yesterday insisting that illegal border crossings from Mexico have slowed due to fear of rape, robbery and beatings at the hands of U.S. National Guardsmen, RAW STORY has learned. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) began his one-minute statement by characterizing the US-Mexican border as a war zone. "Mister Speaker," he began, "news from the front: The border war continues. Generalissimo Fox and the Mexican media have taken a setback in the illegal invasion of the United States." The deployment of the US national Guard to the Mexican border, according to Poe's statements to the House, was actually little more than "a publicity stunt to appease Americans."
I agree with the stunt part, as for the Mexican media, they did sneer at us during the first marches
Some Mexican media outlets were even more euphoric, predicting final approval for the committee bill as drafted, and suggesting the weekend demonstrations showed Mexico still holds some sway over former territories which it lost in the 1846-48 Mexican-American War. "With all due respect to Uncle Sam, this shows that Los Angeles has never stopped being ours," reporter Alberto Tinoco said on the Televisa television network's nightly news broadcast, referring to a Saturday march in Los Angeles that drew an estimated 500,000, mainly Mexicans.
Back to Raw Story.
Still, the Congressman believes that it is responsible for a drop in crossings over a ten day period. In the Texas lawmaker's estimation, Mexicans hoping to enter the US have slowed their crossing out of fear of being brutalized by the National Guard, which they see as similar to "that Mexican military machine that is on the southern Mexican border--that reportedly rapes, robs and beats Hondurans and Guatemalans that are just trying to do jobs that Mexicans won't do." Honduras does not actually share a border with Mexico, but does lie southeast of Guatemala. "Just think," concluded Poe, "what would happen if we used more Guardsmen on the border front."
There has been a drop.
SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico -- The arrival of U.S. National Guard troops in Arizona has scared off illegal Mexican migrants along the border as a whole, significantly reducing crossings, according to U.S. and Mexican officials. U.S. authorities said Monday that detentions along the U.S.-Mexico border have decreased by 21 percent, to 26,994, in the first 10 days of June, compared with 34,077 for the same period a year ago. Along the Arizona border, once the busiest crossing spot, detentions have dropped 23 percent, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. ...."Some migrants have told me they heard about the troops on television and, because the U.S. Army doesn't have a very good reputation, they prefer not to cross," Loureiro said, referring to reports of abuse in Iraq. Others have been discouraged by smugglers' fees that have nearly doubled to more than $3,000.
Mexico is considered brutal to people coming from other Latin American countries and the border is a warzone which Mexico is losing to the drug cartel. So far Poe is 100% correct.
Poe blamed this "setback" for potential illegal immigrants on propaganda from the Mexican media, which he claims has "exaggerated the truth," about US Guardsmen, "taking a page from the New York Times and their hatred for the U.S. military." Poe had, just seconds earlier, characterized the Mexican media as part of the "invasion".
Dunno about the propaganda part as I haven't seen any stories about the Mexican media going that route, I wouldn't be surprised if its true.

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