President Felipe Calderón on Monday vigorously condemned a tough new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to question anyone who appears to be in the country illegally -- a measure Calderón said "opens the door to intolerance and hatred."
Mexico's health minister, José Ángel Córdova, who is widely credited with stemming the global spread of swine flu, called it "a discriminatory law, abominable for us."
José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, the governor of the Mexican state of Baja California, which abuts California, warned that the law "could disrupt the indispensable economic, political and cultural exchanges of the entire border region."
A senator and a leader of the center-right National Action Party, Josefina Vázquez Mota, said the Arizona law would mean "the criminalization of all Mexicans."
Calderón called the Arizona law "a violation of human rights" and promised it would be at the top of his agenda when he comes to Washington in May to meet with President Obama, who has called the Arizona measure "misguided."
Calderón said he was instructing Mexico's foreign ministry and consulates in the United States to organize and work with a network of lawyers to defend the rights of Mexicans.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Mexican officials condemn Arizona for immigration law.
This may cut into the money being sent back to Mexico to prop it up and we can't have the send them north so they send money south "policy." There is a certain amount of arrogance by Mexico that it is outrageous America has tough immigration laws.