Saturday, January 19, 2008

Futility Watch

Okay. This really IS ironic. Mexican lawmakers were in Arizona, complaining that Arizona's new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state of Sonora, because of a lack of resources to provide services to the Mexican citizens who will return there after being unable to find work in the Arizona.

"Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems" it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns in Sonora without jobs, [Representative Leticia Amparano Gamez (National Action Party - Nogales)] said.
I don't know if I think of this as just odd, or downright bizarre. I understand that Mexico has an interest in people being able to come to the United States to work, and that Mexico's first priority is, well, Mexico. (Amazing, isn't it?) But it seems odd that they would allow themselves to become SO dependent on the United States not enforcing immigration laws effectively, that they are, in effect, prompted to come to the United States to plead that potentially effective measures be scuttled. Although part of me suspects that this is actually playing to the home crowd - an opportunity to say to the folks back home: "Hey, it's not OUR fault. Blame the Americans." Politics is, after all, politics.

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