January 2, 2013 Current Site Visitors ->
Mexico Turns Away from Drug War
Plans to please citizens (Good for the Goose)
|Texas Tribune -- Austin -- January 2
Policy Shift in Mexico Seen as Push for Sovereignty
Security initiatives recently announced by the Mexican government suggest that the country may move to reaffirm its sovereignty and focus less on the interests of the U.S. and other foreign countries, a former assistant special agent at the Department of Homeland Security said.
David Ramirez, who also worked in Texas as a U.S. Border Patrol agent and later as the director of investigations for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, said a government's priority should be the safety of its people and stability, and Mexico is no different.
"I am looking at it as someone who worked the border for 30 years," he said. "As a country, Mexico has to take care of its people and say 'I don't have to please any other country but I have to please my citizens.'" [...]
Olson [Eric Olson, the associate director of the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars] said that U.S. efforts to secure the border will probably remain at their current levels and Mexico's plan wouldn't change that. He said, however, that proponents of tighter border security could use immigration as a bargaining chip when comprehensive reform is debated during the next Congress.
"There seems to be talk that in exchange for creating a pathway to legalization, either residency or citizenship, there may be more support for more border enforcement, so that might increase" he said.
American Patrol Report Comment
Who is Olson trying to kid? The American people have long supported border enforcement over legalization by a 2-1 margin.
He is pushing the idea that if the government promises border enforcement, we should grant amnesty. Are we going to be fooled again?
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