PRESIDENT BUSH: Buenos días. Estamos encantados de estar en Mexico otra vez. We're delighted to be in Mexico again...The first paragraph is important because it shows that he said the second paragraph in English. Thus, he used the word "migration", which is one of the Mexican government's euphemisms for "massive illegal immigration to the U.S." And, while we definitely are part of a region called North America, I don't recall a vote on how close we want to get to our neighbors; Bush is promising to help build "an Americas" which is almost certainly beyond good neighbors made by good fences (so to speak). And, the choice of "safety and prosperity" is eerily similar to the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America".
President Calderon, I appreciate your determination to create new opportunities for the people of Mexico. I share your commitment to building an Americas where the poor and the marginalized begin to feel the blessings of liberty in their daily lives. I respect your views on migration. Because we're working together, I believe we will make good progress on this important issue. Together, we're working to ensure that we have a secure and modern border that speeds the legitimate flow of people and commerce, and stop those who threaten our common safety and prosperity.
The United States respects rule of law. But in the debate on migration, I remind my fellow citizens that family values do not stop at the Rio Grande River, that there are decent, hardworking honorable citizens of Mexico who want to make a living for their families. And so, Mr. President, my pledge to you and your government -- but, more importantly, the people of Mexico -- is I will work as hard as I possibly can to pass comprehensive immigration reform.He's pledging something that the great majority of Americans would never support if they knew everything involved. Instead of making promises to foreign leaders, he should remember who he's supposed to be working for.
Today, the most important ties between the United States and Mexico are not government to government, they are people to people. These ties include churches and faith-based institutions that serve people on both sides of the frontera.What, collaborateurs like Humane Borders? The Catholic Church? Aren't even the "people to people" ties extremely problematic, in that they retard assimilation and encourage people to think of themselves as belonging to two countries?
Immigration2007a · Tue, 03/13/2007 - 13:47 · Importance: 1