'BREWER AND MCCAIN'
[La Cronica De Hoy, Mexico]
La Jornada, Mexico
NAFTA Should Be Reopened to Protect Mexican Workers
"In a frankly fascist way, Arizona Bill SB 1070 is persecutory and racist. ... Mexico
should call for the creation of compensation fund to reduce the economic imbalances
among the three signatories to the pact, as well as an equalization of working conditions in the three countries that guarantees
respect for and protection of worker rights."
Translated By Douglas
April 26, 2010
Mexico - La Jornada - Original Article (Spanish)
On Friday, April 23rd, the governor
of Arizona signed Bill SB 1070,
which, when it goes into force three months from now - unless it's repealed -
will permit police in that state to detain anyone they find suspicious. Those
detained will be charged with crimes if they aren't able to prove their legal status
in the United States.
By signing this bill,
Governor Janice K. Brewer now shares responsibility for its contents with the legislature
of the state, thus giving it the greatest political force in the state's political
a frankly fascist way, Bill SB 1070 is persecutory and racist.
Posted by WORLDMEETS.US
The regulation of migration in
the United States is a federal issue. President Barack Obama has instructed his
administration to examine the constitutionality of the law. Meanwhile, Phoenix
Mayor Phil Gordon, whose attitude is representative of many officials and large
sectors of the population, has declared that he'll file a challenge with
judicial authorities with the aim of overturning the law, which he describes as
unconstitutional and unenforceable. If the case reaches the Supreme Court,
there's a chance it will declare the state law invalid. But that's only a possibility,
especially considering the highly conservative composition of the Court today.
The Mexican government,
through the Foreign Affairs Ministry, has responded to SB 1070 by declaring
that it will use all resources at its disposal to defend the rights and dignity
of Mexicans in Arizona, and that the diplomatic and consular agencies of our
nation will redouble their aid activities, consular protection and legal
counseling services, regardless of the immigration status of our citizens.
This declaration well
demonstrates that the the
issue of migration bears little resemblance to the illegal transit of goods. It also shows that criminalization isn't the best way to
resolve the phenomenon
of undocumented immigration and that the existence of cross-border labor markets
demand integrated, long-term solutions.
Now is the opportunity for
the Mexican government to go beyond rejecting SB 1070 with this statement, and to
make a proposal that will fully resolve the issue of irregular migration from
our country to the United States.
SEE ALSO ON THIS:
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Europe and U.S. Equally Cruel to Migrant Workers
El Periodico, Guatemala:
Obama is Right: U.S. People Need Spanish Lessons!
It's time to propose an addendum
to the North
American Free Trade Agreement, which will allow for the creation of
compensation fund to reduce the economic imbalances among the three signatories
to the pact, as well as the adoption of a declaration or social commitment that
establishes mechanisms by which, when implemented, allow within a reasonable
period of time, an equalization of working conditions in the three countries that
guarantees respect for and protection of worker rights, wherever they are, and
that allows for the free movement of people.
The defense of the rights of Mexican
migrants, who already face countless threats in the United States and which
have only been compounded by SB 1070, will be more effective if the attitude of
the Mexican government isn't just a reaction to the direct effects of putting
this arbitrary and repressive law into force. Rather, it should propose a long-term
solution with an integrated vision of the socio-economic problems that exist in
the northern part of the continent. This should be done bilaterally and
trilaterally and be promoted with vigor and determination in the official and
civil media in Canada and the United States, as well as among those who make
these decisions in our own country.
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