Nothing in the current political climate should shock me anymore. However, I was absolutely stunned by the blatant disregard that Mexican President Felipe Calderon demonstrated against our nation and our constitution during an address to Congress last week.
What was even more disconcerting was the fact that certain members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, actually applauded this “payaso” (clown) as he denounced our beloved state and demeaned the Second Amendment during his remarks on Arizona’s new immigration law (SB 1070).
What are Pelosi and Reid thinking? How can they be giving this “broma” (joke) of a leader a standing ovation while at the same time wearing anti 1070 bracelets?
Has the fact that Arizona is still a state in the union slipped their minds? As members of the House and Senate, they should be protecting and defending any state at all costs, especially against the rants and raves of a foreign leader who makes statements such as:
“It (SB 1070) introduces a terrible idea using racial profiling for law enforcement,” Calderon said. “I am convinced that a comprehensive immigration reform is crucial to securing our common border. However I strongly disagree with your recently adopted law in Arizona.”
First, I wonder if Calderon has actually read the bill. Or, is he in the same camp as many of our leaders, i.e. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who made remarks that incited protests and boycotts without actually reading the bill. I’ve read the bill twice. I have yet to find the portion in the bill that leads to racial profiling.
Second, how can we take this man at his word when he cites core values? What are his core values? I don’t believe that these remarks were based on the concern over the plight of the Mexican people. I do not believe that human rights are at the center of his thinking.
Unfortunately, the sad truth is that these remarks are financially motivated. If you don’t believe me, then just follow the money trail.
The truth of the matter is that immigrants from Mexico are transferring large amounts of cash back to Mexico each year in record numbers. Depending on the reports you read, it is estimated that $13 billion to $17 billion will be wired to Mexico this year alone. What’s more alarming is the fact that many experts believe that the majority of the transferred money will be sent from those who are in our country illegally. I don’t know about you, but I would like to retain that money in America.
These figures raise an interesting notion: If we were able to successfully deport all the illegal Mexican immigrants back to Mexico, what would the financial future of their country look like? It would be disastrous for Mexico. There would be more people and a lot less money.
So, Mr. El Presidente, we find your remarks against this great state and our constitution a bit disingenuous considering your apparent motives, except for those who have not read the bill.
Michael Weinstein is co-host of the “The Mike & Winey Show” heard at 7 a.m. Saturdays on KKNT (960 AM) or on the web at www.kknt960.com.