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Mexican Insult - by Monty Rainey

Mexican Insult - by Monty Rainey

Mexican Insult

by Monty Rainey
November 10, 2002

Now that the elections are over and the President has the backing he needs to get things done in the War on Terrorism, our leaders need to begin focusing attention on some other domestic issues. For one, immigration. The United States received a blatant slap in the face from our southern neighbors last week.

On Thursday, November 7, the Mexican Senate filed a formal complaint with the United Nations against the United States for systematically violating the rights of (illegal) Mexican migrants. At the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Theirry del Prado, Mexican Senators accused the United States of arbitrarily detaining (illegal) migrants. To that, I say, and I hope the President will too, keep them the hell out of our country!

Sen. Sadot Sanchez, president of Mexico’s Senate Human Rights Committee said many of the 53 (illegal) Mexicans currently on death row in the United States have been deprived of their right to consular access.

This all comes just one day after the U.S. Agency for International Development graciously gave $350,000 to the Hospital General de Nogales in an effort to improve Mexican border hospitals. U.S. hospitals wrote off $200 million in 2000 for medical costs to treat illegal aliens who crossed the border for medical attention. The gift to the Mexican hospital; is part of a test program to try to improve medical conditions across the border in hopes of eliminating some of the enormous costs being absorbed each year by U.S. hospitals. If it proves successful, more money will be forthcoming.

This is typical of the kind of generosity the U.S. has always shown to their southern neighbors, only to be the recipient of such accusations. I know President Bush and Mexican President Vincente Fox are close friends, but I hope the President does not allow that friendship to cloud his judgment.

Right now, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jorge Castaneda is gearing up to try to strike a deal with the new administration in Washington to regularize millions of illegal Mexicans currently living in the United States. Castaneda is also hoping to expand legal opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of future illegals coming into the U.S.

I hope George W. Bush takes the gloves off for this one. I’m all in favor of having good relations with our neighbors, but for this recent insult, Mexico needs to be reminded of just who we are and what we do to support their country and people. We have been and continue to be, more than generous to our neighbors. If they do not like the way the U.S is treating illegals who commit violent crimes in our country, then keep them in Mexico.

Monty L. Rainey

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