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Posted: 9/9/2005 11:09:45 PM EDT
Mexico's Fox Says U.S. to Give Disaster Aid to Illegal Migrants
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=a36SJAt7Zwn4&refer=latin_america
Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Mexico's President Vicente Fox helped persuade the U.S. government to relax controls on illegal immigrants so they can receive aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Any of the 145,000 Mexicans living in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who don't have documents will qualify for help finding family members, getting food and receiving other assistance even if they don't have proper documents, according to Fox's office in Mexico City.

About 11 million Mexicans live in the U.S., more than half illegally. Fox, 63, has responded to the devastation caused by Katrina by sending a navy ship loaded with rescue equipment and a convoy of trucks carrying mobile kitchens and food -- as well as placing soldiers in the U.S., the first time Mexican troops have been in the country since World War II.

``Fox has this opportunity for a very public display of goodwill toward the U.S. and to show he cares about his people in the U.S.,'' said Joy Langston, a political studies professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City.

Since his election in 2000, Fox has made a priority helping Mexican migrants in the U.S., who were largely ignored by previous governments. Fox pushed President George W. Bush for a bill to give legal status to the estimated 6 million undocumented Mexicans in the U.S. and signed a law that gave Mexicans living abroad the right to vote for the first time in Mexico's presidential elections next year.

After the Aug. 29 hurricane hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, Fox pledged help for illegal immigrants there.

No `Pressure'

``Those who don't have documents at this time in that region of the U.S. won't be subject to any pressure or persecution so they can obtain assistance from American authorities,'' Fox said in a Sept. 2 speech in the southern Mexican city of Morelia.

The U.S. has also said it won't sanction companies that hire workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina who cannot present appropriate documents.

Mexicans living in the U.S. sent home $16.6 billion in 2004, second in foreign currency earnings behind oil exports, according to the central bank. Remittances jumped 17 percent in the first seven months in 2005 to $10.97 billion from a year ago. The number of Mexican migrants in the U.S. have grown 15-fold to more than 11 million in 2004 from 760,000 in 1970, an average annual growth rate of 8 percent, according to a study by the Washington- based Pew Hispanic Center.

Mobile Consulates

Fox has set up mobile consulates in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama to provide aid to Mexicans who are wary of seeking help from U.S. authorities because they may lack immigration papers, said Carlos Gonzalez, chief of the Houston consulate. The mobile units were introduced three years ago to bring services to the fields and factories where Mexicans labor.

``The government's first priority is to provide protection and support for Mexicans who live abroad and take actions as much as possible that improve their quality of life,'' Juan Bosco, the foreign relations ministry's North America chief, said in an interview in Mexico City.

Migrant organizations, such as the Washington-based League of United Latin American Citizens, are working with Mexican officials and Hispanic media to persuade Mexicans displaced by Katrina to seek help, said Hector Flores, president of the Lulac, the largest Hispanic advocacy organization in the U.S. with 100,000 members.

``The issue now is how we educate people about what is available and steer them to the right programs where they won't be turned away and where they're not going to be arrested either,'' Flores said.

The Mexican government's effort to aid its citizens has been limited by security measures in the storm-damaged areas, Flores said. For example, Flores' plan to tour New Orleans with Juan Carlos Romero, the governor of the state of Guanajuato, was canceled because the U.S. denied permission, Flores said.

Permission Required

``I believe they've acted as responsibly as they could given the fact that they have to ask permission to come in and participate,'' he said.

Before the 1990s, migrants were ignored and even shaken down by corrupt customs officers at the border when they returned home, said Rafael Alarcon, a professor with the College of the Northern Border in Tijuana. Former President Carlos Salinas set up a program in 1989 to reduce the corruption migrants faced at the border in a first attempt to recognize the rights of millions of Mexicans residing in the U.S.

Fox, who ended seven decades of one-party rule with his July 2000 election, has gone much further, setting up literacy classes, health care and other services for migrants. He created the Institute for Mexicans Abroad in 2003 to coordinate all migrant programs and named a Cabinet-level adviser on immigration issues.

``The government has understood that it's important to have a good relationship with the migrant community,'' said Alarcon, who has written a book on immigration and edits an immigration policy magazine. ``Besides the remittances they send home, the government is hoping migrants can have an influence on U.S. policy.''
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 12:13:14 AM EDT
Kick 'em back across the border where they belong. That will solve the problem and save the American taxpayers some money.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 12:19:23 AM EDT
Shit, they were already "displaced" even before Katrina!
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 12:20:40 AM EDT
For the moment, I think it's OK for Fox to send aid to his countrymen. I don't think it will help the disaster recovery measures to make illegal immigrants desparate. That said, repatriation should be a priority. We have enough displaced legal US citizens to deal with before we start paying for aid to illegal immigrants.
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 12:36:38 AM EDT
Hmmm so how many refugees are we sending to Mexico city?
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 8:51:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ProfGAB101:
Hmmm so how many refugees are we sending to Mexico city?



Not enough!
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 9:01:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 22bad:
Mexico's Fox Says U.S. to Give Disaster Aid to Illegal Migrants
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=a36SJAt7Zwn4&refer=latin_america
Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- as well as placing soldiers in the U.S., the first time Mexican troops have been in the country since World War II. .''



Why are there Mexican soliders in the U.S.? These the same tards that have been shooting at our border patrol agents?
Link Posted: 9/10/2005 11:20:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CSUSB_Coyote:

Originally Posted By 22bad:
Mexico's Fox Says U.S. to Give Disaster Aid to Illegal Migrants
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000086&sid=a36SJAt7Zwn4&refer=latin_america
Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- as well as placing soldiers in the U.S., the first time Mexican troops have been in the country since World War II. .''



Why are there Mexican soliders in the U.S.? These the same tards that have been shooting at our border patrol agents?



I don't think they ever caught the tards that shot, or shot AT our BP Agents.........
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 12:17:25 AM EDT
Of course he wants the US to help the illegal aliens, 'cause he can't! Those poor SOB's left Mexico because it's a backwards country with little or no opportunity. I say screw 'em. If they are illegal, deport them. Shoot if they resist.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 12:41:00 AM EDT
If I say anything it'll just turn into a long, bitterly sarcastic and scathing rant filled with more obscenities than a Tarantino flick.
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