Friday, May 21, 2010

Mexican President Felipe Calderon supports (and opposes) Arizona immigration law

Exerpts from the official CNN transcript of Wolf Blitzer's interview with Mexican President Felipe Calderon:

BLITZER: So if people want to come from Guatemala or Honduras or El
Salvador or Nicaragua, they want to just come into Mexico, they can just walk

CALDERON: No. They need to fulfill a form. They need to establish their
right name. We analyze if they have not a criminal precedent
. And they coming
into Mexico. Actually...

BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they
suspect are illegal immigrants?

CALDERON: Of course. Of course, in the border, we are asking the people,
who are you?And if they explain...

BLITZER: At the border, I understand, when they come in.


BLITZER: But once they're in...

CALDERON: But not -- but not in -- if -- once they are inside the -- inside
the country, what the Mexican police do is, of course, enforce the law. But by any means, immigration is a crime anymore in Mexico.

BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you're saying?

CALDERON: It's not a crime.

BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some
other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job


BLITZER: They can work.

CALDERON: If -- if somebody do that without permission, we send back -- we send back them.

BLITZER: You find them and you send them back?

CALDERON: Yes. However, especially with the people of
Guatemala, we are providing a new system in which any single citizen from
Guatemala could be able to visit any single border (INAUDIBLE) in the south. And
even with all the requirements, he can or she can visit any parts of

"The police enforce the law" Find them and send them back"

Sounds very similar to Arizona Senate Bill 1070. In hearing Presidente Calderon's feelings about his own country's immigration policies, I can safely assume he has not read the Arizona law he so boldly opposes.

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