As Bush nears the end of his South Asia visit, a meeting with Mexico at the end of March is scheduled...We know that the President will continue working with Congress so that he can sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill into law in 2006.
I believe that this problem will be solved, only when the Mexican Government assumes more responsibility for its own people. Not only with concern for the extreme and unacceptable poverty, but with opened drug sales by which children are forced to be recruited as drug runners, a visible police assisted cartel, unsanitary and unlivable conditions, and the list goes on...
To escape across the border is the end of the line for many and, whether we wish to address it or not, the neglect of the Mexican Government greatly impacts our ability to achieve safety at our borders.
[Zapatista-1994; Chiapas Mexico]
~Many are angered by President Bush... But let’s get a closer look at the events after the Zapatista Rebellion. I will continue to write more about this group each week. (Including an interview)...But first, take a look at how prior immigration issues were handled:
The U.S. Role- 1994-1998
Since the emergence of the Zapatista rebellion in 1994, the United States has stepped up military aid and training for Mexico's small armed forces under the rubric of assistance for that country's narcotics interdiction effort. After the appearance of the EPR guerrillas, then Ambassador James Jones offered Mexican authorities "whatever they need" to combat the new force, which he labeled "terrorist," though the State Department has not decided whether to officially apply such a label.
The United States has carefully avoided antagonizing the Mexican government over the growing list of human rights abuses attributed to the military and civilian security forces and the paramilitary groups associated with both. In early 1995, moreover, after a dramatic collapse of the peso on the scale of the Asian crisis of 1998, the Clinton administration pushed through a $20 billion bailout (with the International Monetary Fund and others promising an additional $19.5 billion), designed to protect overexposed U.S. bankers and financiers in Mexico and help restore confidence in the Mexican economy.
In a context of violent conflict in the Mexican countryside, these considerable demonstrations of commitment to the current regime carry with them very real dangers to U.S. domestic and foreign policy interests. Indeed, the crisis in Chiapas and other southern states poses a number of challenges for U.S. foreign policy:
The risk of increased migrant flows as the conflict continues at the present level or deepens; the dampening effects of rural upheaval and the perceived political failure of the regime to reach a settlement on investor confidence and on continuing economic instability in Mexico, with spillover effects in the United States; continued abuses of human rights and democratic freedoms, at variance with traditional U.S. concern for these values; and the danger that, through military assistance and diplomatic support, the United States will become entangled with the repressive tactics of an increasingly unpopular regime.
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