Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The vulpine Fox weighs in on US politics

Mexican President Vicente Fox ripped into the just passed HR 4437, which among other tough reform measures calls for a fence to be built in the most porous areas along the southern border:
Fox said barriers between nations belonged to the last century and had been torn down by popular uprisings, referring to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

"This wall is shameful," Fox said at an event for migrants in his home state of Guanajuato...

"When we look at their roots, the immense majority are migrants, migrants that have arrived from all over the world," he said.
What audacity he has to criticize our legislators for listening to their constituencies and passing a resolution that is in the best interest of the US. The Berlin Wall was built to keep people in--it was tantamount to a prison inclosure. This fence will be keeping people out--there's a huge difference. A better comparison would be made with the Israeli barrier, which has done a phenomenal job in protecting that country's citizens from external hostilities.

The previous three waves of immigrants, each of which is dwarfed in comparison with the prodigious magnitude of this fourth wave, came from Europe. With the possible exception of Ireland, they were as developed or more so than the US. They came from countries characterized by average IQ scores similar to those of the US. There was a booming need for manual labor that is continually disappearing from a contemporary economy built increasingly on technical skill and professional education.

And of course, there was not a huge safety net or welfare system that provided free health care, medical services, infrastructure, and so on to whoever could skirt by the border patrol undetected. German families abruptly picked up English with the onset of World War II--today, some 11 million people residing in the US are deemed 'nonliterate', meaning they cannot partake in even the most basic forms of English communication. Training and paying translators are yet another hidden economic cost of rampant underclass immigration.

Fox's comparisons are spurious indeed. He is looking out for the well being of Mexico at our expense.

(Immigration)

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