This isn’t about the southern border of the United States, running drugs or running guns. This is a significant issue the government of Mexico has an they must be proactive to deal with it. We do not know the circumstances, but the first reports are worrisome.
I can not comprehend how stupid these people are. Supposedly when Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-Va.) was visiting with Mexico’s attorney general, he asked what was the one thing the United States could do to help Mexico in their battle against the drug cartels. They wanted the federal assault weapons ban (AWB) brought back of course!
Oh, this is just great. How can this not be a serious issue discussed by the main stream media? Drug runners were trying to bring a boat or two filled with drugs across the border – the Rio Grande River – into Texas when US authorities in patrol boats attempted to stop them. First, criminals from Mexico started throwing rocks, then they started shooting.
A story broke yesterday concerning the retrofit of more than 100 trucks from Mexico that do not meet United States environmental standards. Our federal government is paying to upgrade these trucks, yet when the state of California and the EPA set new rules for US-owned trucks, they fine companies who do not comply.
Hey, this question wouldn’t surprise me if it were asked by an American reporter. Still it was great just to see the President have to defend the second amendment. You have to wonder though if he was thinking the same thing? Read more
Last year, many Americans began to see the job-killing effect of this administration’s constant pandering to unions, and, it recently got worse.
To explain, let me take you back to 1993 when the U.S. Senate ratified NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Under this treaty goods are supposed to move freely across the borders of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. In 1995, under pressure from the Teamsters, President Clinton banned Mexican trucks from carrying imports from Mexico into the United States. In response, Mexico began negotiations with us…with no success…and, finally, in 2001 Mexico prevailed before a NAFTA “court”. President Clinton’s ban did, in fact, violate NAFTA.
In 2007, President Bush “lifted” the ban on Mexican trucks transporting goods across our southern border. The program was designed as a “test” for the purpose of determining the safety of Mexican trucks. Even though the “test” determined that Mexican trucks were as safe as American trucks, one of the first things President Obama did as president was to abolish the test program established by President Bush. Thus, we are, once again, in violation of NAFTA.
Mexico responded in March 2009 by putting tariffs of 10 percent to 45 percent on U.S. goods including vegetables, wine, juices, sunglasses and toothpaste.
According to Mexican Economy Minister Bruno Ferrari,
imports [from the United States into Mexico on the list of products that had the newly imposed tariffs] dropped 81% in the first year after the tariffs were imposed in March,2009…
A few weeks ago, Mexico upped the ante.
Washington state apples and California oranges and pistachios…will now cost 20% more in Mexico than they did…Cheeses from California and Wisconsin now face a 25% tariff… [Additionally, new tariffs have been placed on] pork, ketchup, chewing gum, grapefruit, chocolate and dried fruit… [while keeping the tariffs on] pears, apricots, cherries, peas, almonds, potatoes and wines.
American businesses, growers and workers are clearly hurt by these tariffs. At a time when we cannot afford to lose any jobs in this country, we certainly don’t need self-inflicted job losses that are little more than a poorly disguised attempt to protect the Teamsters union.
Ron Gochez is a high school social studies teacher at the Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles. In his spare time he calls for a Mexican revolution from the steps on the UCLA campus, of which he has determined to be stolen, occupied Mexican land.
I need a margarita Jack & Coke after reading this. Four students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. were sent home from school after refusing to remove bandannas and T-shirts on May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – since their apparel was incendiary.
Y’know that law in Arizona that has the Mexican government all upset???
From the AP, via Yahoo:
“MEXICO CITY – Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants.
The group’s report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes undocumented migrants.
The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that the mainly Central American migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the United States suffer abuses, but attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants.”
Now, what mechanism would be in place in Mexico that discourages illegal immigrants from seeking the protection from the Mexican federales, you ask?
“One of the main issues, Amnesty says, is that migrants fear they will be deported if they complain to Mexican authorities about abuses.
At present, Article 67 of Mexico’s Population Law says, “Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal … are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues.””
Pot. Kettle. Black. Sorry, wouldn’t want to offend anyone…
The Mexican law goes far beyond the Arizona law, which leaves inquiry into immigration status to the discretion of the officer. Taken literally, the victim of a crime has to be interrogated as to their immigration status before the officer may so much as inquire as to the nature of the victim’s complaint.
How do you say, “Methinks the President doth protest too much” in Spanish?