New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former UN ambassador, was named as the Organization of American States' special envoy on migration in an effort to improve US-Latin American dialogue.(For those who don't follow this issue closely, the AFP was very misleading above. Bush is as strong a supporter of "comprehensive reform" as Richardson, and he only signed the fence bill reluctantly.)
..."The migration issue is key to improving relations (between Latin America and the United States," Richardson, 59, said at a news conference alongside OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.
...Richardson, whose state borders Mexico, rejected plans backed by President George W. Bush to build a huge fence along the US-Mexico border to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
Instead, he called for comprehensive reform to regularize undocumented workers.
"Two things must take place. One, a plan to legalize the 12 million (illegal) immigrants in the United States, and I think that it is important to improve border security," he said, pointing to the need for increased patrols and more cooperation with Mexico.
Immigration · Sun, 12/10/2006 - 02:32 · Importance: 1