For example, some call for cracking down on undocumented workers in an effort to reduce the growing costs of social services while others (from such disparate political viewpoints as the Wall Street Journal editorial board to former NM Governor Gary Johnson) criticize measures like the Arizona immigration bill and efforts to build a wall along the US and Mexican border.
But along comes this story: Mexico is now building its own wall to deter contraband coming in from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Here’s the story from the InterPress Service News Agency, with a Guatemala City dateline:
According to the head of customs for Mexico’s tax administration, Raúl Díaz, in order to stop boats carrying contraband, the southern Mexican state of Chiapas is building a wall along the border river Suchiate, similar to the one the United States is building along its southern border with Mexico.
“It could also prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants,” admitted the Mexican official.
Read the whole story here.
However you feel about how to address the illegal immigration issue, this story rankles, especially after hearing Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s remarks at the White House this past May when he reacted to the Arizona bil by saying, “But we will affirm our firm rejection to criminalize migration so that people who work and provide things for this nation will be treated as criminals.”
Here’s the YouTube post of Calderon’s remarks: