Friday, May 13, 2005
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No More Free Rides for Presidente Fox

Financial Times: Mexico furious at tough US law on migrants By John Authers in Mexico City and Edward Alden in Washington
Mexico has reacted furiously to a bill signed into law by the US this week that would fund a border wall and prevent illegal Mexican migrants from obtaining US driving licences. President Vicente Fox said he would lodge a diplomatic complaint, and was considering complaints to multilateral bodies if Mexico could not unable to resolve the problem bilaterally. In the US, leaders of the Mexican community threatened to strike to send a message to US employers that they could not survive without cheap Mexican labour. Santiago Creel, Mexico's interior secretary, said the “Real ID” law was “negative, inconvenient, and obstructionist”. “Building walls doesn't help anyone build a good neighbourhood,” he said. “Taking away the possibility of obtaining driving licences for people who are working in legal jobs, who pay their taxes there, who send remittances home here, seems to us to be an extreme measure, particularly given the new understanding that we thought we had after the re-election of President Bush.”
Their jobs can be legal but their presence in America is not. They may pay taxes, but they remain here illegally. They may send money home, but they are in America illegally. They can pay all the taxes they want, but that is hardly a justification for illegally being in America. Is this so hard to comprehend?