Mexican President says “radical and anti-immigrant candidates have been left behind”

Posted on February 7, 2008. Filed under: Illegal Immigration, Politics |

The unmitigated gall of the Mexican president to act like we OWE them anything is ludicrous! Why does he get to come to America and tell us how to run our country?? Why does he tell Mexicans that, “no matter what their immigration status”, he’s going to work  with the US gov’t “to bring a halt to the campaigns that harass migrants?” What?  First of all, ILLEGAL immigrants should not be here at all!! Why is everybody ignoring that? I’m going to explode!!

Mexican president foresees friendlier U.S.

In a wide-ranging interview, Felipe Calderon sees a better chance for immigrants to gain legal status in the next administration.

By Héctor Tobar, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 7, 2008

MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday that a shifting political climate in the U.S. could improve the chances that a new administration in Washington will help bring a comprehensive reform law that would legalize the status of Mexican immigrants.

In a wide-ranging conversation with The Times, Calderon, scheduled to visit California next week, also addressed the decline of the government-owned oil fields and the war against drug traffickers that has claimed thousands of lives.

“My hope is that whoever the next president is, and whoever is in the new [U.S.] Congress, will have a broader and more comprehensive view” of the immigration problem, Calderon said. Speaking at the presidential residence Los Pinos on the morning after the Super Tuesday presidential primaries in the U.S., Calderon said he took heart from the results, though he did not mention specific candidates.

“It seems to me that the most radical and anti-immigrant candidates have been left behind and have been put in their place by their own electorate,” Calderon said.

He arrives in Sacramento on Feb. 13 on the final leg of a five-day U.S. trip that will also take him to Chicago, Boston and New York to visit local officials and representatives of Mexican immigrant communities.

In Sacramento, he is scheduled to meet with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Latino legislators. In Los Angeles the following day, he is to meet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and migrant groups’ representatives assembled by the nine Mexican consulates in California.

He will tell fellow Mexican citizens “that we are actively working to defend their human rights,” Calderon said. “No matter their immigration status, they are human beings with dignity and rights that should be respected. We are working, with the full effort of the government, to bring a halt to the campaigns that harass migrants.”

Calderon said one goal of his trip, which will include a talk Monday at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, was to build public support for an immigration reform law that would allow millions of Mexicans to work in the U.S.

He said Americans would recognize “sooner or later” that the health of the U.S. economy is linked to integration with its neighbor and “the increased flow of goods, services, investment” between the two countries “and also greater freedom in labor markets.”


U.S. legislators are debating a $550-million proposal by the Bush administration to assist Mexico and Central America in the battle against traffickers.

“This is a battle in which Mexico obviously needs the help of the United States to win,” Calderon said.



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