Friday, October 27, 2006

Outfoxed

At long last, President George W. Bush yesterday signed into law a recently passed bill that will provide funds for approximately 700 miles of fencing along the United States-Mexican border. While Bush certainly could have (and perhaps should have) made a bigger deal about the bill signing (whereas most bills are signed with dozens of ceremonial pens in a drawn-out ceremony in the Rose Garden, this one was done quietly, with one pen, in the Roosevelt Room), and while he still felt the need to throw in some obligatory nonsense about how a guest worker program was essential to American economic health (which happens to not be true), he at least signed the damn thing. Construction should commence sometime next year.

I think we all knew it wouldn't be long before Vicente Fox, the outgoing president of our alleged ally to our south, would throw his two pesos in:
Mexico's president sharply criticized U.S. President George W. Bush's signing Thursday of a bill to build hundreds of kilometers (miles) of additional fencing on its southern border, calling the move an "embarrassment."

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President Vicente Fox told reporters in the Caribbean resort city of Cancun that the fence would not stop millions of Mexicans from heading north in search of jobs.

"It is an embarrassment for the United States," Fox said. "It is proof, perhaps, that the United States does not see immigration as a subject that corresponds to both countries."
I think Fox is just bitter because the United States has taken a step, albeit an all-too-small one, toward reinforcing its own sovereignty, which thereby interferes with Mexico's Aztlan strategy. He is probably also unhappy about the fact that he does not get to personally preside over the reconquista. Too bad.

Hey, Vicente: if you can somehow get over the border (illegally, of course, like the rest of your countrymen), we might be able to find a Taco Bell for you to manage.

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