June 27, 2013
On Tuesday, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Meade, criticized the portion of the proposed immigration bill that would add 700 miles of fencing and increase the number of border patrol agents. Calling the fence construction an “unfriendly move,” Mexican analysts threatened U.S. officials with, “We have things we could shut down, too.”
“We are convinced that fences do not unite [both nations],” Meade said. “The enlargement of this wall is not congruent with plans to create a modern and secure border, and to develop the region.”
Until recently, Mexican officials have chosen to stay out of America’s immigration debate. But, now that passage of some type of immigration reform seems imminent, analysts in Mexico are pressuring their government to stand up for Mexico’s interests abroad.
According to ABC News: “This is a contradiction,” historian Lorenzo Meyer said in a Monday morning radio show about plans to build up border defenses. “The United States wants commerce with Mexico, they want [laws that allow U.S.] investment, but they don’t want the unavoidable part of this relationship between unequal countries: The [Mexican] workers.”
Former Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda said, “It is a very unfriendly move,” and compared the U. S. border proposal to borders between enemy countries, “like North Korea and South Korea.”
Meade did have the foresight to thank the U.S. for providing a pathway to citizenship for the millions of Mexicans who are in our country illegally. But he says the fence will hamper commerce along the border and cause unnecessary hardship for the 14 million people who live in countries on either side of the fence.
The real problem Mexico has is this: If you build a 700-mile fence, we won’t be able to get into your country to drop our anchor babies and suck up your government funded housing and medication, food stamps and social security.
In 2010, the Pew Research Hispanic Center released findings that 340,000 babies were born in the U.S. in 2008 to at least one undocumented parent. And of all the children of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., about 80 percent were born here, in the United States.
In 2010, Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham told Fox News:
“People come here to have babies. They come here to drop a child. It’s called ‘drop and leave.’ To have a child in America, they cross the border, they go to the emergency room, have a child, and that child’s automatically an American citizen. That shouldn’t be the case. That attracts people here for all the wrong reasons.”
Earlier this month, Fox News interviewed Marita Nelson, a self-confessed illegal immigrant who’s been living in Florida for more than 20 years. Nelson has 7 children and receives $240 a month in food stamps, free medications, a housing allowance and $700 a month in Social Security.
Still, Meyer insists, “We have things we can shut down, too. Meyer suggest that Mexico retaliate by making it harder for U.S. companies to invest in the country, or canceling laws that enable U.S. citizens to buy property in Mexico. Meyer realizes these measures would only have a small impact on America but at least it would show how displeased the Mexican government is with America’s idea of immigration reform.