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Posted: 1/27/2006 5:53:34 AM EDT
I predict nothing will be done about illegal aliens in this country. They can't be deteriorating that much since the US Govt. refuses to do anything about the problem.

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Mexico-U.S. Relations Deteriorating

By MARK STEVENSON
Associated Press Writer

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It has been a trying week for Mexico-U.S. relations: a tense border confrontation between U.S. agents and apparent drug traffickers, a Mexican group's offer to print maps of the Arizona desert for illegal migrants and an exchange of terse diplomatic notes.

The administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox has its share of quarrels with other countries, but this promised to be one of the trickiest - involving the country's northern neighbor and largest trading partner at a time when the U.S. Congress is debating immigration reform.

For Mexico, migration to the United States is a mainstay of the economy; U.S. officials, on the other hand, see the issue in terms of national security and border safety. (So why don't they actually do something about it?)

"The situation is very sensitive, because the points of tension are very sensitive," said political scientist Oscar Aguilar Ascencio.

Not coincidentally, those issues have come to loggerheads just as Mexico enters the campaign season for its July 2 presidential elections.

Mexico's decision on Thursday to issue a diplomatic note asking U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza to stop making public comments about security and immigration issues may have more to do with domestic politics than anything else.

The note also demanded results in the investigation of the December shooting death of a Mexican migrant in California, which caused outrage south of the border.

"It's for internal consumption," Aguilar Ascencio said. "We're in an election year, and that's the context in which you have to view this."

The same context could apply to Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez's suggestion Thursday that uniformed men in a military-style Humvee who helped apparent drug traffickers escape back into Mexico earlier this week may have been U.S. soldiers or U.S. criminals disguised as Mexican troops.

As unlikely as that may be, it plays well for domestic audiences, Aguilar Ascencio said.

Not all the rhetoric has come from Mexican officials: Many here say U.S. proposals to build hundreds of miles of border walls are political grandstanding for a domestic audience, rather than a realistic solution to illegal immigration.

On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff condemned in "the strongest terms" plans by a Mexican governmental commission to distribute maps showing highways, water tanks and rescue beacons in the Arizona desert.

"This effort will entice more people to cross, leading to more migrant deaths and the further enrichment of the criminal human trafficking rings that prey on the suffering of others," Chertoff said.

The United States sent its own diplomatic note demanding an investigation of Monday's border incident in which the men dressed in military-style uniforms unloaded what appeared to be bundles of marijuana before setting fire to an SUV that bogged down in the Rio Grande as Texas law enforcement officers watched from the other side of the river.

Mexican leaders are eager not to be seen as backing down in the face of U.S. pressure. When Mexico "suspended" plans to print the migrant maps, it said it did so to avoid exposing migrants to American vigilantes, not because of U.S. criticism.

"We are not responding to that," said commission spokesman Angel Paredes. "We have not taken that into account."

Mexico may be relying on Washington to understand that it's election season here, and not to respond to the rising rhetoric.

"I don't think this is going to damage things very much," Aguilar Ascencio said. "There are interests at stake that are just too practical."

"I think what the United States is likely to do is not escalate the conflict," Aguilar Ascencio said. "Just take note ... and say 'That's fine, I understand.'"

"The Mexican government is obliged to do this song and dance," he said.



Link Posted: 1/27/2006 5:57:13 AM EDT
How about this? How about Vincente Fox rolls over like a puppy dog so he can stay warm and fed from the scraps of the master's table?

Those little midgets that they employ in the Mexican Army need to rethink their badassness.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 5:59:24 AM EDT
Fuck them, shit any more border incursions, and they should let slip the dogs of war....

I seriously doubt it would take long to march to Mexico city.....

Fuckers....
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 5:59:30 AM EDT
We SHOULD put armed HMMV's down there. Have to pick the troops carefully, though. A lot of money is there for those willing to take it.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 6:35:43 PM EDT

Mexico may be relying on Washington to understand that it's election season here, and not to respond to the rising rhetoric.


It is election season here too you flocking a$$hat
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 10:18:21 PM EDT
Fox is probably hoping every morning when he wakes up that nobody brings him news of another stupid thing his government has done that will piss off more and more Americans Because he knows that they are on the wrong side of any US action and the Bush Administration and the Republicans are going to have to get tougher or they are going to take it in the Electoral shorts.

The Maps fiasco, the tunnel, the incursion, the screaming about the BP Agent shooting the guy attacking him,. Just about the time they started thinking they were making some PR points over here by extraditing some criminals, some bureaucrat over there steps on the government dork again.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 4:00:06 AM EDT
Yawn...so what are Vicente Fox's demands for today?
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 6:17:09 AM EDT
The Mexican gov. speaks of it's people as though they are little childeren.

Link Posted: 1/28/2006 6:55:07 AM EDT
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