Mexico issues sharp rebuttal to Arizona immigration law
Citizens and officials in Mexico reacted angrily to the new Arizona immigration law signed Friday, with Mexican President Felipe Calderón saying it hindered collaboration along the border region.
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Mexico condemns Arizona law
Nevertheless, she says condemnation, even from the highest levels in Mexico, will do little to change the course of the debate north of the border.Skip to next paragraph
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President Calderón was joined by Patricia Espinosa, the foreign affairs secretary of Mexico, and a slew of newspaper columnists in condemning the law. Lawmakers of all political parties told the local press they were calling for economic boycotts to punish Arizona.
Ms. Espinosa said in a statement that she regrets that the state of Arizona did not consider “the valuable contributions of immigrants to the economy, society, and culture of Arizona and the United States."
Given the violence plaguing the border region, she said that it is only with mutual respect and trust that the two nations can work together. She said the Mexican government will reconsider the “viability and usefulness of the cooperation schemes that have been developed with Arizona.”
To many Mexicans, the new law symbolizes America's conflicting desires.
On the one hand US businesses want cheap labor, though Americans are also afraid of losing jobs to foreigners.
Even though Juan Hernandez Reyes, who works with his wife overseeing the maintenance of a business office in Mexico City, has no relatives in Arizona, he says the law resonates here because it symbolizes the US's historic hypocrisy.
“We are good workers, we know how to work hard and do the work Americans won’t,” he says. “It is Arizona that is losing out.”
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