Is Calderon calling kettle black?
Where you find illegal immigrants, there will always be resentment from
the local citizens. Puerto Rico and Dominicans, France and Moroccans,
The US and Mexicans. As Calderon offers soundbites to warm a Mexican national's heart, his country's own actions toward illegal immigration makes him out to be just another political hypocrite.
It's a far cry from what happens on Mexico's southern border. While President Felipe Calderon vowed in his state of the nation speech Sunday to mount "an energetic protest at the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government which exacerbate the persecution and abusive treatment of undocumented Mexican workers," Central American immigrants trying to cross into Mexico face real abuse. If they don't fall prey to criminal gangs on the border, they're subject to shakedowns or worse by notoriously nefarious Mexican authorities. The State Department cites "credible reports that police, immigration, and customs officials frequently violated the rights of undocumented migrants, including rape."