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Monday, January 16, 2006

Mexican politicians debate emigration

Presidential candidate Lopez Obrador blames the emigration from Mexico to the U.S. on poor economic policy and unemployment in Mexico.

President Fox (who cannot run for re-election) disputes this claim and asserts that 85% of Mexicans that go to the U.S. have a job.

The Church in Mexico questions the efficacy of building physical barriers to entry into the U.S. and asks Bush to reconsider. Fox's Secretary of State agreed that walls will not solve the problem. Even author Sergio Pitol chimes in to criticize immigration policy. (That La Jornada has a short article about his comment on immigration reflects more about the newspaper than about the author, I think.)

posted by Michelle @ 5:06 PM,


At 1/24/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Elenamary said...

I wonder how Fox and Obreador define employment?

At 1/24/2006 1:06 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Yes, while most immigrants left "jobs," those jobs were of very poor quality or job security. Relative to the jobs they find in the U.S. quite easily, there is little comparison.


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