A full page ad from the government of Mexico appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and the Washington Post on Monday. While they do have a right to take ads even from foreign governments, the choice was particularly apt considering that all three papers support illegal immigration. And, it's a bit ironic considering an ad that the Los Angeles Times refused to run.
There are probably even readers who thought they were reading an article and not an ad. From the advertisement's text:
Acknowledging the sovereign right of each country to regulate the entrance of foreigners, it is indispensable to find a solution for the undocumented population that lives in the United States and contributes to the development of the country, so that people can be fully incorporated into their actual communities, with the same rights and duties.
It would be better if you could see it performed live. In that case, someone would be in the background making quote marks with his hands while Joe Isuzu read the text.
Mexican demands include not just "a far-reaching guest workers scheme" but they claim that "in order for a guest workers program to be viable, Mexico should participate in its design, management, supervision and evaluation."
In case you aren't laughing/crying hard enough, the ad goes on:
Mexico does not promote undocumented migration... [Mexico] is committed to fighting all forms of human smuggling and related criminal activities.
Thank you, Joe Isuzu and quote-marks guy.
Immigration · Mon, 03/20/2006 - 12:53 · Importance: 1