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Thursday, May 18, 2006


A little-noticed side-effect of Bush's speech Monday on immigration: it has drawn a widespread negative reaction in Mexico, and could help leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gain ground in the race for the July 2 presidential elections. Read it in my column in The Miami Herald.


Blogger Boli-Nica said...

This country is supposedly trying to resolve the immigration issue, but the news channels and media give no importance to the crucial issue of Mexican politics. They think its simply okay to bash Mexico's government and establishment.

If AMLO wins, the results could ironically result in more immigration. Even if the opposition stops him from reversing any previous economic reforms, he clearly is not going to push for opening up Mexico's economy further.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple weeks ago I was relaxing at home watching some of my all time favorite actors perform together in a pretty entertaining flick called “Space cowboys” when suddenly a very small part of the dialog got stuck on my head and keeps coming back every time I read or watch a story on the immigration issue.

In the picture, the head of NASA tells a Russian general that the problem with Russians is that they always see the glass half full while we, Americans, always see the glass half empty.

It is amazing how things change. Russians today see the glass half empty while America keeps sliding deeper into the depressive state of a society with the bleak perception of the glass half full.

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

immigration is hard to stop too many inbalances in the world.
As long as mexicans are poor and govt steals;they will find a way to come in. So on so on, dictators breed immigration too;rather die at sea then die of nothing. So as one south african friend told me: stop the evils at home and in the long run you will see an improvement in your home.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subject: Bush and "Illegals"

Your analysis of our approach to illegal immigrants has so many flaws I can't cover
them all. To highlight, when someone breaks the law they are actiing illegaly. This
is simple english. To try and subvert that meaning only angers those whose language
is english first.

Mexico is and has been corrupt for so long it doesn't matter who runs the country. My
father built the first soft drink factory after WW II in Mexico city. The local businessmen
stole the business under mexican law.

I used to fly with the "flying doctors". They donate their time to help the poor, in case you
didn't know. When we left, one time, the ususal corrupt official put a 50 cent a mile tax
on the airplanes. The doctors vowed never to go back.

They have stolen so much in American deposits thru devaluation and other corrution it is no longer
worth mentioning. Property ownership rights are subject to interpretation that leave foreigners
holding an empty bag.

Other foreigners who have attempted to build businesses find themselves in the position of having
to leave the country for their families safety or live in compounds with 24 hour private security
guards. Kidnapping has become the leading domestic mexican business.

The rulers of mexico are the most corrupt, pathetic, dishonorable individuals to ever inhabit the
earth. It matters not who rules. They will continue to steal from whomever they are able to,
their own people or a new generation of stupid foreign investors.

All in all the cry should be "piss on the mexicans and the mules they rode in on" I trust this
is clear enough even for you.

Jim Reid
San Diego

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only has Bush probably shifted Mexico left, but he has also shifted the rest of the world left. In addition, if you listen closely, you will also hear America shifting left.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The U.S. is ignoring the need to develop the countries south of the border, instead of expending in a barricade. Most important is ignoring the development of sound institutions in Latin America.This is due to the fact that if it were to plow millions of dollars in a new Marshall Plan for Latin america, the money will end in Swiss accounts.Hence , the importance of Nation building changing institutions as explained by Prof.Daron Acemoglu of MIT

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Exactly, that is the latin american way. Screw the poor, and middle class, and hippee-horaay for the rich. And, a certain Herald "immigrant" writer has the nerve to write about Chavez and the poverty under his reign. Ignoring the wealthy who raped and plundered that nation of its natural resources for hundreds of years, and then who fled cowardly to the comforts of Weston. Latin American "immigrant" writers are amazing, absolutely amazing. Well, i for one will begin to read more closely a "certain" Latin American "immigrant" writings at the Herald. As im sure he wants to turn America into the 3rd world pit of sin, from which he escaped. As long he is able to maintain his elite, wealthy lifestyle, all the while writing his right wing dribble in order to trick "real" Americans like myself, into looking the other way, while he lines his already fat "immigrant" pockets.

5:21 PM  

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