Friday, October 20, 2006

Mexican consul says immigrants wrongly left out of debate

Immigration: Immigrants = illegals. For the record, illegals have very little to say about the debate since they are illegal.

LOS ANGELES - Mexican immigrants have been wrongly excluded from the immigration reform debate, and building more fence along the U.S.-Mexico border could exacerbate migration problems, said Ruben Beltran, Mexico's general consul for Los Angeles. During an interview Wednesday, Beltran blamed the exclusion in part on vocal anti-illegal immigration groups like the Minutemen, but argued most Americans don't share their views. He also said Mexico's position on immigration reform had been unfairly portrayed. "Our position has been labeled as only rooting for a solution that involves the A-word," or amnesty for undocumented immigrants, said Beltran. "Which frankly, I don't find to be the case." The diplomat said a "true solution" to the immigration problem would include increased Mexican border security, foreign investment to create more jobs in Mexico and an expansion of guest-worker programs to allow Mexicans to work temporarily in the U.S.
Mexico's positon has been clear for years, encourage immigration north to send money south. Now this angle of America having to invest into Mexico who have yet to clear up the corruption that goes on down there is another slap in the face. Allowing an expansion of guest worker programs lets Mexico off the hook to push thru reforms so we don't have an illegal alien problem.
Earlier this month, President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, which will add 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Beltran called the act a "fractured" response, saying it could ultimately cause more problems than it solves. "Are we going to favor organized crime that is preying on immigrants?" said Beltran, expressing views similar to the Mexican government's. He added that making illegal border crossings more dangerous could also increase the number of people who die trying to navigate miles of hot, barren desert. "And instead of having 300 deaths a year (in the desert), are we now going to have 600 deaths?" he asked.
Immigrants have a choice not to try and cross the border. It is the job of the Mexican government to capture the smugglers. Now considering they are powerless against the drug cartels. Smuggler crackdown won't happen anytime soon.

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