The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, has struck back with radio ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States. Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government is also hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image.
Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced the U.S. measures, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, as "shameful" and his foreign secretary, Luis Ernesto Derbez, said Monday the wall was "stupid."
"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.
Good thing this wall is on our territory then. Otherwise, it almost sounds like Mexico is looking for a fight.
Many Mexicans, especially those who have spent time working in the U.S., feel the proposal is a slap in the face to those who work hard and contribute to the U.S. economy.
He said many Mexicans felt betrayed by the anti-immigrant sentiment.
I don't think any of the honesty, hard-working Americans take issue with an immigrant that has come to the country legally. This sentiment isn't anti-immigrant, it is anti-illegal alien!
The House bill, passed on a 239-182 vote, includes a proposal to build 700 miles of additional fence through parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It would also enlist military and local law enforcement to help stop illegal entrants and require employers to verify the legal status of their workers.
As demand goes down, the workers will look elsewhere. You have to ask why these people aren't heading south into Central America. On second thought, nevermind.
Mexicans are outraged by the proposed measures, especially the extension of the border wall, which many liken to the Berlin Wall. Some are urging their government to fight it fiercely.
Berlin wall was built to keep people in. Big difference.