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Trouble on the Border.

Apparently, our neighbor to the South is less than happy with the Arizona state legislature…

“The Mexican government criticized Wednesday a tough immigration law approved this week by Arizona legislators, saying it could result in rights violations and racial profiling and affect cross-border relations.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said in a statement relayed through Mexico’s U.S. embassy that it viewed the measure with great concern and said it “could have potentially serious effects on the civil rights” of Mexican nationals.”

Now, far be it for me to tell the Mexican government how to run their nation, although they seem pretty willing to tell Americans how to run theirs, but this is just a little too cute for words.

Illegal immigrants are, definitionally, criminals and, as such, are entitled to a bus ticket back to Mexico.  Now, I understand that these “undocumented tourists” might not be happy with the idea of returning to their country of origin, what with the poverty, the corruption and the violence in the streets, but that would be a “local matter” for the Mexican government.  The fact that they cannot even maintain peace and order in the tourist areas of the country speaks volumes as to the competence of their police and security forces.

Now, Mexico has a vested interest in keeping the illegal immigrants north of the Rio Grande.  Remittances — transfers of money for individuals in the United States — were the second greatest source of income for the nation, second only to the revenues generated by Mexico’s petroleum industry.  What we in the US call “illegal immigration” would apparently be Mexico’s “war on poverty.”  With all apologies to Horace Greeley, the Mexican answer to their woes is “go north, young man!”  The Mexican government has gone so far as to produce a manual on how to cross the border.

Now comes the Arizona state legislature which has, with the murder of a rancher, decided that, is the Federal government is not going to deal with the problem, then they would and have passed a law that seeks to address, among other things, the shift in the flow of illegal immigrants away from California to Arizona.  Never mind that Mexico’s legislation on illegal immigration is draconian, even compared to the strict law proposed in Arizona, it would seem that the government of Mexico thinks that the US economy is their private preserve.

Allow me to propose a compromise.  The United States should treat Mexicans here illegally as Mexico treats those who enter that nation illegally.  Who could complain about that, other than, of course, Mexico?

Taxpayers subsidize border crossing assistance for illegal aliens

A new program put together by liberal whack-jobs at the University of California in San Diego will provide free GPS-enabled cell phones to illegal aliens prior to starting their border crossing. The phones will provide direction to watering holes during their journey and recite poetry on the way.

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Blame Canada, Again.

This time it’s the Mexicans. CNN did a man on the street, asking folks who is to blame for the spread of the swine flu. Not Mexico they said. The last interview is the best. Hey, stop kicking Mexico around, OK?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaeZa21MDwA

Mexico guns – the 90 percent lie continues

Just today, I’ve now heard the “90 percent of the seized weapons in Mexico came from the United States’ outright lie three times today. Three times.

I do not have the ability to record video, and do not have the time to edit it down either, but this morning at about 7 a.m. ET, WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford went to a “shared” reporter who used the 90 percent statistic. I screamed at the TV.

Then Bob Beckel – on Fox News during America’s Newsroom – tossed out the same 90 percent lie. I screamed at the TV.

Let me point out that I’ve watched a total of five minutes of TV today, so seeing the 90 percent lie must be some sort of divine intervention – hence this post.

Now, Morrissey over at Hot Air picked up the story from today’s Washington Post.

The financial sanctions provide an additional tool against the organizations, whose drug and gun trafficking has proved exceedingly difficult to curtail. Mexico, for example, has seized more than 35,000 firearms from narco-traffickers since December 2006, and both governments say 90 percent of the weapons originated in the United States.

Look, it’s a lie. More from Ed; and Jim covered on the show and here on April 2two weeks ago.

The ATF correctly states that of the guns that can be successfully traced by the ATF or FBI from the guns sent to them by Mexican authorities, about 90% have origins in the US.  However, Mexico doesn’t send all of the guns that they capture to the US for tracing; only about a third of them get sent here.  Of that third, roughly half can’t be traced at all, thanks to efforts to strip the weapons of registration markings.  With the other half, about nine of ten can be traced to the US, which works out to about 17% of all weapons seized by Mexican officials.

Let me be perfectly clear. I do not want any weapons to be transferred to Mexico illegally. None. I don’t want criminals to have any guns, but taking the rights away from honest, law-abiding Americans will not take one gun out of the hands of a criminal, here or in Mexico. Not one.

About those guns coming from the US, umm, never mind

I discussed this on the show, after the Secretary of State made the claim that 90 percent of the guns being used by the drug cartel in Mexico come from the US. And yet they are recovering weapons that can’t be sold in the US. So how could this be?

Watch and listen to this Fox exclusive. It’s clear, at least to me and I hope Steve will add to this post, that the Democrats were hoping to use this to clamp down on gun ownership in the US. But that’s just me.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-kPbDsrfgI

Here’s a post by Glenn Reynolds … the first person I know to catch the discrepancy.

So all this talk about U.S. gun shops arming Mexican gangs with bazookas was just gun-control propaganda, then?

Call me paranoid, but I am glad Fox jumped on this early … or is it already too late? Or does it even matter with this crowd in DC? Comments welcome.

Update: (Steve) … Malkin points us over to the Fox News exclusive as well, so maybe these lies and myths have a chance of being squashed, but honestly, this is exactly how the anti-gun crowd operates. They deal with conjecture and feelings all the time; since Mexico is a poor country, they certainly are not responsible for their actions. Plus, it always needs to be about the big bad Americans and their negative influence on poor countries.

Kind of reminds me of the drive by media.

Here’s an excerpt from the Fox News exclusive, which is a must read since it provides detailed information about the number of weapons traced, where they come from, and where they do not come from.

There’s just one problem with the 90 percent “statistic” and it’s a big one:

It’s just not true.

In fact, it’s not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What’s true, an ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency’s assistant director, “is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S.”

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

“Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market,” Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

Hot Air is now on topic, as is Gateway Pundit. Ed Morrissey does ask the question – why lie?

So why make up the lie? The more conspiratorial will conclude that the Obama administration wants to have a pretext for seizing weapons. Public statements like those made by Hillary Clinton certainly put pressure on the US to take some sort of action, if we’re admitting to being the problem. So far, the Obama administration has not proposed a solution to this mythical problem, but we will want to keep a very close eye when they do.

We’ll, maybe they didn’t lie, the administration just hears what they want to hear and passes it along. That way, if the 90 percent figure goes viral and everyone believes it – they can pass more restrictive gun legislation.

If they get caught – just like all of the administration tax cheats – it just becomes a clerical error that is really no big deal.

Cenote diving in Mexico

Sorry, I just have to take a few moments to tell everyone how happy I am being in Mexico while Connecticut endures inches and inches – or is it feet and feet – of snow.

Since Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit started talking about scuba diving on a conservative blog awhile back, I figured I could post one picture from our adventure today.

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