U.S. amnesty plan not good for Mexicans

Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

While it should come as no surprise that Mexico's new president favors Barack Obama's efforts to provide U.S. amnesty to millions of Mexican citizens, an immigration reform organization says it's not good news for either country.

On December 1, Enrique Pena Nieto became Mexico's new president. The week before taking office, Nieto met with his American counterpart to extend his support for Barack Obama's amnesty plan, pledging his cooperation on border security and promising efforts to reduce violence in his country.

But Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), does not believe Mexico's president wants to take care of his own people.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)"The Mexican government's interest is to send their unemployed, underemployed, unhappy people to the United States, allow us to provide for their needs, provide jobs for them, while in return Mexico receives billions of dollars every year in remittances," he tells OneNewsNow. "It certainly makes sense for the ruling regime in Mexico to support this."

But as the FAIR spokesman notes, that does not make much sense for the Mexican people, because it does not serve their best interests.

"What really is in the long-term interest of the country of Mexico is political, social and economic reform -- and that's never going to happen as long as there is no incentive for them to ever make the kind of reforms that are necessary there," he contends. "But it is up to our government to represent the interests of the United States, and that is where the failure has been."

Mehlman adds that has been the case with both Democratic and Republican administrations.

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