10.08.2014

MEXICAN PRESIDENT'S CONVENIENT POSITION ON EMIGRANTS


Enrique Peña Nieto believes the Unites States discriminates against Latin American migrants.

Written by R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us

Enrique Peña Nieto (CC)


“I think this is a country, whose origin, to a great extent, is one of migration. And that's why it's unfortunate to hear this exclusionary and discriminatory tone regarding the migration flows into the United States.”   
    -Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico



Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently chimed in on the US immigration debate with accusations of discrimination against 'migrants', as he describes them, from Mexico and Central America. 

Remittances, money sent home by immigrants working in the United States, were a staggering $21.6 billion US dollars in 2013 (Link). Remittances to Mexico account more revenue to its economy than tourism (Link)

It is quite likely that the Mr Nieto's position is based largely on economics rather than simply compassion. The Mexican government's actions highlight its preference of encouraging poor Mexicans to 'migrate', rather than addressing its own lacking infrastructure and issues of economic inequality, in a country with a trillion dollar economy. 

THE RULE OF LAW

The disparaging remarks against American immigration policy and the insinuation of inherent American bias against Latin America disregards the legitimate concerns expressed by the US public and some of its law makers. 

In Mexico, where rule of law is a fluid and negotiable, Americans' demand for control of its international border may appear sinister and racist, from the perspective of the Mexican president. Or more likely, it's his trump card to silence the common sense voices that look to defend American sovereignty. 

Unmitigated 'migration flows', as favored by Mr Nieto, have created cultural enclaves in US metropolitan centers containing criminal networks. These criminal entities operate in concert with drug cartels and US crime syndicates. This chaos is a residual effect of anemic border enforcement. 

THE DANGER OF CULTURAL HETEROGENEITY

The ever deteriorating immigration enforcement situation is resulting in cultural heterogeneity, defined simply as the birth of societal behavioral traits dissimilar to the prevailing value system. If the country continues to allow massive 'migration flows' into the country, the politics and direction of the nation will be reshaped permanently. 

I wouldn't expect Mr Nieto to be concerned about America's future, but the American public should take his opinions with a grain of salt.