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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Fox in the Henhouse!

Via Yahoo/AP:

Mexican President Vicente Fox is expected in Salt Lake City this afternoon to begin a three-day visit.

To some, Mexican President Vicente Fox's visit to the United States is a sign of hope to Hispanics as Congress debates immigration policy. To others, it is an opportunity to rally again in support of tightening the border.

Immigration is a major focus of Fox's visit to Utah, Washington state and California this week as the U.S. Senate considers legislation to strengthen border security, authorize new guest-worker programs and give an eventual chance at citizenship to most of the estimated 12 million people already living illegally in the United States.
Get out your hip boots, folks, 'cause it's gonna get DEEP in Utah, Washington and California this week. I'm sure El Presidente (Fox, not Bush) will never tire of demanding that we be "good neighbors" and just let the 10-12-14 million (whatever) illegal aliens in the country stay. And not be prosecuted for all the laws they've broken. And not lose their jobs. And become citizens. And keep sending money home.

The irony, of course, is that while Fox is here kicking up dust in the henhouse, back at home they're busy working on this:

Even as Mexico presses the United States to grant unrestricted citizenship to millions of undocumented Mexican migrants, its officials at times calling U.S. policies "xenophobic," Mexico places daunting limitations on anyone born outside its territory.
If you aren't a native born Mexican (naturalized citizens need not apply), you can forget about holding many government jobs in Mexico, from congress to the military. But that's not enough for the government that's demanding a massive amnesty from America.

Recently the Mexican government has gone even further. Since at least 2003, it has encouraged cities to ban non-natives from such local jobs as firefighters, police and judges.

Mexico's Interior Department — which recommended the bans as part of "model" city statutes it distributed to local officials — could cite no basis for extending the bans to local posts.

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But because the "model" statues are fill-in-the-blanks guides for framing local legislation, many cities across Mexico have already enacted such bans. They have done so even though foreigners constitute a tiny percentage of the population and pose little threat to Mexico's job market.
But thank God we're the xenophobes, not them.

And, of course, when the laws get in the way you just change them:

Mexico's president no longer is required to be at least a second-generation native-born. That law was changed in 1999 to clear the way for candidates who have one foreign-born parent, like President Vicente Fox, whose mother is from Spain.
No wonder Senor Fox thinks that's a valid method to get his way in our country, too.

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