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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Mexico declares war on the United States?

MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, pledged Tuesday to block the plan and organize an international campaign against it.

Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant*** sentiment north of the border, the government has taken out ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States. It also is hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image and counter growing U.S. concerns about immigration.

Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced the U.S. measures, passed by the House of Representatives Friday, as "shameful." His foreign secretary, Luis Ernesto Derbez, echoed his complaints on Tuesday.

"Mexico is not going to bear, it is not going to permit, and it will not allow a stupid thing like this wall," Derbez said.

.....Jose Luis Soberanes, head of the government's National Human Rights Commission, suggested Mexico go further.

"I would expect more energetic reactions from our authorities," Soberanes told local media. "It's preferable to have a more demanding government, more confrontation with the United States."

***Judgmental words like "illegal" are not permitted in today's diverse global dystopia.

By all means, energetically react to, block, internationally campaign against, demand, confront, disallow, not permit, and be unwilling to bear such a stupid thing. There are millions of potential legal immigrants waiting to enter who aren't lucky enough to share a border with the United States. The Mexican government will need creativity to top this provocation.

The Mexican government should think about putting some effort into Mexico.

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