May Day marchers in Los Angeles demonstrate against Arizona

Law SB 1070. About 60,000 people Marched down Broadway.




Excelsior, Mexico

'Comprehensive' Mexico-U.S. Integration is the Only Answer


"The U.S. has never imposed a law like this on any other community, including Muslims after the September 11 attacks. As has been said, in that state [Arizona], it will be illegal to detain someone for looking like Osama Bin Laden, but anyone can be detained for looking Mexican."


By Jorge Fernández Menéndez



Translated By Florizul Acosta-Perez


April 29, 2010


Mexico - Excelsior - Original Article (Spanish)

American Hispanics flex their muscles on the streets of Los Angeles in protest against Arizona's new law on immigration, May 1.


BBC NEWS, U.K.: Across America, tens of thousands of Latinos march against Arizona Law SB 1070, May 1, 00:01:59 RealVideo

The Arizona anti-immigrant law is a dangerous precedent for Mexico-United States relations. Like any nation, the American Union and all of its individual states have the full right to safeguard their borders and provide a legal channel for migration. There is no debate about that, although the phenomenon of migration between our countries should be addressed with legislation that goes well beyond the simple regulation of entries and departures. The real danger is that the Arizona law is racist and specifically applies to Mexicans or other Latinos, and establishes rules that clearly violate the U.S. Constitution.


The new law allows local authorities to arrest persons of Latino origin under suspicion of being undocumented: ultimately, any Mexican living, working or traveling in Arizona, must prove his or her legal status in Arizona if any authority (or even a neighbor) approaches them to ask - or if they are stopped. The U.S. has never imposed a law like this on any other community - including Muslims after the September 11 attacks. As has been said, in that state [Arizona], it will be illegal to detain someone for looking like Osama bin Laden, but anyone can be detained for looking Mexican.


This also shows how badly many elements of our bilateral relationship and regional integration with the U.S and Canada are going. In fact, although bilateral trade is enormous, there is no plan for achieving real integration. During the Zedillo Administration [1994-2000], there was no opportunity for this due to the [financial] crisis of 1995 and all of its consequences. Then, since 1997, there hasn't been a legislative majority willing to pursue the matter. The Fox Administration seemed enthusiastic about it, but between the victory of George W. Bush and his lack of comprehension and interest in the region - coupled with the consequences of the attacks on 9/11 and the war against terrorism, Afghanistan and Iraq, any possibility of achieving a real plan for integration was lost. The Calderon government has very good communications with Washington by means of Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, but has shown no interest in either achieving a deeper plan for integration - perhaps because the federal government still doesn't have a legislative majority with which to agree on the key points of such a plan. But I fear that this isn't the biggest problem. Rather, there appears to be a lack of real interest in going beyond good diplomatic relations toward a real effort at integration.


A protestor from Las Vegas demonstrates against Arizona's new law on

illegal immigrants at the Arizona Capitol of Phoenix, April 29. As Mexico

ramped up the diplomatic pressure on Washington, American Latinos

began their own series of protests across the country.



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For example: can anyone be against what Bill Clinton said here last week, about the need for a Plan Mexico (that emulates Plan Colombia, launched by Clinton at the end of his presidency) to attack drug trafficking? Clinton was careful about speaking of intervention - and even explained that a comprehensive plan should involve local Mexican forces, and on this basis, involve the cooperation of the United States. Plan Colombia cannot be repeated in our country for the simple reason that intervention of direct military force as it exists in Colombia, even if it's limited, is inconceivable. But it is possible to do a great many other things in the security area. It's true that the U.S. has a debt to pay Mexico, and hasn't even fully implemented the Merida Initiative, which has already been overtaken by events. The difference would be to increase joint security efforts: first, as a bilateral challenge; and second, as part of a plan for integration. 



One may say that it cannot happen - but it's possible. In the same way that Europe was unified by steel and coal, North America could be integrated based on very concrete projects, the clearest of which would be a regional energy policy - although even our own legislation is quite an impediment to allowing this to happen. But there would be no legal impediments, for example, to deepening the existing integration of the automotive industry and a number of other areas of manufacturing.


What's happening is that since 1994, it's been very difficult to speak, either here or in Washington, of regional integration, an integrated market and a security scheme for North America. Without that, there will be no solution to the challenge of migration.



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