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  1. #1
    http://www.letxa.com/guiamigrante.php

    THE GUIDE FOR THE MEXICAN IMMIGRANT
    The Truth and English Translation

    There are people who are making the accusation that the Mexican government is intentionally encouraging the illegal immigration of their population to the United States. To say this is absurd is an understatement. As an American who has lived in Mexico for close to a decade I've heard the constant radio and TV spots in Mexico warning their people about the risks of doing so, and encouraging them to stay in Mexico with their families. Even popular music, such as Juan Gabriel's "Cancion 187", sings about how the singer supposedly went to the U.S. illegally in search of work only to be mistreated, discouraged, and eventually come to the conclusion that they're better off with their family in Mexico.

    The latest flap is about a booklet produced by the Mexican government that is targeted at those Mexicans that may be considering crossing the border illegally. Some radical sites are even suggesting "It is a guide on how to enter the US illegally. It is an act of war. It is part of a long-term plan to flood the US, particularly California and the Southwest, with illegal Mexicans...".

    This article at AZCentral.com quotes immigration-control advocates that "worry that some of the tips may encourage illegal border crossers.". It then goes on to quote a few passages from the booklet and raise questions about potentially conflicting messages.

    The truth is far less sensational and comments such as the booklet being an act of war are too absurd to even take seriously--such comments are an attempt at sensationalism appealing to the fears and bigotry that some people in the United States have towards people that, quite simply, don't speak our language. Since many don't speak English they are somehow mysterious to those Americans that don't speak Spanish--and people fear what they don't understand. Attempts to demonize Mexicans and the country of Mexico as having "declared war" are blatant attempts to appeal to the basist and most dishonorable emotions that we, as humans and Americans, have.

    ABOUT THE BOOKLET

    The booklet is a survival guide to try to reduce the number of Mexicans who die in their attempt to enter the United States illegally. The booklet aims to discourage such immigration by repeatedly making clear the risk of being detained and even dying--as many Mexicans do each year in their attempt to sneak into the U.S. The booklet also provides information regarding the rights that any person in the U.S. has, illegal alien or not. Since so many Mexicans are detained it is perfectly reasonable that these people know their rights.

    According to AZCentral.com:

    "The book is being distributed as a free supplement to El Libro Vaquero, a popular cowboy comic book, in five Mexican states that send many migrants to the United States: Zacatecas, MichoacÃn, Puebla, Oaxaca and Jalisco. The government plans to print 1.5 million copies."

    For those that do not know, El Libro Vaquero is a rather sensual, glamorized cowboy-like comic/story popular primarily among relatively uneducated men. El Libro Vaquero would definitely be "R-rated" if it were a movie and the comic book often depicts sexual encounters in an erotic, if not vulgar, way that may appeal to the kind of men that make up the manual labor workfoce both in Mexico and the United States.
    This booklet is not being widely distributed across Mexico--it is being distributed as a free insert into a rather low-end adult comic book targeted at precisely the demographic that tends to try to enter the United States illegally.

    It does not encourage illegal immigration nor does it glamorize it in any way. It is full of warnings of potentially deadly situation and confinement in prison--and some of the pictures depict the potential risks.

    DEBUNKING SOME CLAIMS

    Some things have been quoted, particulary here.


    "The book comes with a yellow disclaimer saying it does not promote undocumented immigration, and it repeatedly warns against crossing illegally. But it gives no information about the steps for seeking a U.S. visa.
    While it is true that the booklet doesn't specifically provide information about how to seek U.S. visas, the very first page does state that the correct way to enter another country is with a Mexican passport and a visa from the country that is to be visited. That it does not enter the details of how to obtain an American visa is not surprising--it is a survival guide targeted at people that are not going to request a visa.


    "The book's pictures are drawn to match the style of El Libro Vaquero. They portray the migrants as strong and healthy men and women, wading into a river or walking through the desert."
    This further confirms the target market. It also shows a strong, healthy man lying in the middle of the desert on the page following the one that talks about dehydration in the desert. If anything, the subconscious message is that even these strong, healthy men can't beat the heat of the desert.


    "Dramatic drawings show undocumented immigrants wading into a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol and crouching near a hole in a border fence."
    It also tells them not to do these things. The booklet also has a picture of a man striking his wife on page 26 in a section that warns against family violence. Are we to assume that the booklet is encouraging domestic violence?


    "Seven pages are devoted to migrants' legal rights after they are detained and another four to living peacefully in the United States. 'Avoid attracting attention, at least while you are arranging your stay or documents to live in the United States," it says. "The best formula is to not alter your routine of going from work to home.""
    Actually, this text is found in a section of what to do if you've been accused of a crime and are awaiting sentencing. Nevertheless, the tips are valid for anyone and are not particularly designed at helping the immigrant to avoid attracting attention but rather are just general tips for anyone that might be coming from Mexico. Things like how to deal with being stopped by a police, telling the truth, and perhaps avoiding playing loud music to avoid bothering the neighbors are all things that might not be readily apparent to a Mexican (legal or illegal). In Mexico it is common to ignore a traffic cop that asks you to stop, people often find it easier to fudge the truth when asked by a corrupt traffic cop, and playing loud music at parties on the weekend until 4am is not something the police are going to respond to.


    "A Border Patrol spokesman said he does not think the book encourages illegal crossers. "If they've already gone ahead and made that decision to cross illegally . . . then anything that helps protect lives is worth it," said Andy Adame, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector."
    This really sums it up. A spokesman of the U.S. Border Patrol--an organization that discourages illegal immigration--does not even believe it encourages illegal crossers.


    "A lot of it is disclaimers, but then there's this part about if you're going to cross the desert, do it when the sun isn't so hot," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. "It's a mixed message.""
    Where is the mixed message? It is a survival guide. If the person has decided to cross I see absolutely nothing wrong with giving him some survival information to reduce the probability that he'll die.


    Said John Vincent, editor of a newsletter published by Virginia-based Americans for Immigration Control: "It really looks like the Mexican government is encouraging illegal immigration. It shows the contempt that the Mexican government has for our laws."
    This is completely unfounded. The booklet is a survival guide and explains the rights anyone in the U.S. has. There is nothing in the booklet that would encourage anyone to cross illegally. If anything, the repeated warnings of the risk of death and prison should discourage it.


    The Mexican government produces a similar book aimed at Central American immigrants who try to enter Mexico illegally. The book covers much of the same information about legal rights and repeats many of the warnings. It even shows a group of migrants struggling to breathe inside a truck. But that book doesn't give the same kind of safety tips on crossing the border or advise immigrants on how to live peacefully in Mexico.
    Most likely because it is well known that most Central Americans that illegaly enter Mexico are on their way to enter the U.S. Very few Central Americans illegally enter Mexico and plan to stay in Mexico.


    THE PROBLEM AND REALITY OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

    I am a social and fiscal conservative. I agree 100% that we should protect our borders and that all illegal immigrants should be deported immediately. If someone wants to live and work in the U.S., they must go through legal channels to do so.

    But I'm also a realist. Mexicans will continue to flood our borders as long as Americans continue to hire them. They are not here for free social security, they are not here for welfare checks, and the vast majority of them are not here to engage in theft or other crimes to finance their lives. They move to the U.S. to work.

    I agree that we must better protect our border. But our border with Mexico is thousands of miles long and we will never win the war on illegal immigration as long American companies continue to hire the cheap labor that illegal immigrants provide. Yes, we need to stop people from entering our country illegally but defending the border is only half the battle. We must crack down on American companies that illegaly hire illegal workers. Serious investigation and strict enforcement of labor laws in geographic areas and in job markets that typically employ illegal immigrants is an obvious and appropriate response. Stiff fines levied on those employers could more than pay for the cost of enforcement.

    To turn around and try to blame our immigration problems on a neighboring government is absurd and gets us no closer to the solution. It is sticking our head in the sand and blaming the problem on someone else. The Mexican government has absolutely no responsibility to protect our borders for us--and their citizens would be rightfully upset if their government violated their own Constitution and limited the free movement of its citizens. The Mexican government does, however, have a responsibility to look out for the well-being of their people regardless of where they are and how they got there; just like American consulates look out for the well-being of our citizens abroad--including those Americans that have violated a law in a foreign country.

    The United States has enough enemies in the world already. Creating a non-existant enemy out of Mexico or its people serves no productive purpose other than to promote and encourage further tension, racism, and resentment on both sides of the border. Illegal immigration is illegal and, as such, those that engage in it should be detained and deported. However, to suggest that the Mexican government is actually encouraging it--much less to suggest that it is an act of war--is extremism, bigotry, and simply uninformed bunk which cheapens the legitimate debate of how to resolve the problem of illegal immigration.

    It is my sincere hope that journalists, our U.S. politicians, and especially our society will not let themselves be deceived by those that would seek to intentionally demonize the government and people of our southern neighbor.


    ENGLISH TRANSLATION

    The rest of this page contains the English translation of the "Guide for the Mexican Immigrant" along with the accompanying pictures that are included in the original Spanish version. Each page of the translation below includes a link to the original Spanish version for anyone that wishes to verify my translation. If you find any error in my translation please let me know.

    http://www.letxa.com/guiamigrante.php

  2. #2
    http://www.letxa.com/guiamigrante.php

    THE GUIDE FOR THE MEXICAN IMMIGRANT
    The Truth and English Translation

    There are people who are making the accusation that the Mexican government is intentionally encouraging the illegal immigration of their population to the United States. To say this is absurd is an understatement. As an American who has lived in Mexico for close to a decade I've heard the constant radio and TV spots in Mexico warning their people about the risks of doing so, and encouraging them to stay in Mexico with their families. Even popular music, such as Juan Gabriel's "Cancion 187", sings about how the singer supposedly went to the U.S. illegally in search of work only to be mistreated, discouraged, and eventually come to the conclusion that they're better off with their family in Mexico.

    The latest flap is about a booklet produced by the Mexican government that is targeted at those Mexicans that may be considering crossing the border illegally. Some radical sites are even suggesting "It is a guide on how to enter the US illegally. It is an act of war. It is part of a long-term plan to flood the US, particularly California and the Southwest, with illegal Mexicans...".

    This article at AZCentral.com quotes immigration-control advocates that "worry that some of the tips may encourage illegal border crossers.". It then goes on to quote a few passages from the booklet and raise questions about potentially conflicting messages.

    The truth is far less sensational and comments such as the booklet being an act of war are too absurd to even take seriously--such comments are an attempt at sensationalism appealing to the fears and bigotry that some people in the United States have towards people that, quite simply, don't speak our language. Since many don't speak English they are somehow mysterious to those Americans that don't speak Spanish--and people fear what they don't understand. Attempts to demonize Mexicans and the country of Mexico as having "declared war" are blatant attempts to appeal to the basist and most dishonorable emotions that we, as humans and Americans, have.

    ABOUT THE BOOKLET

    The booklet is a survival guide to try to reduce the number of Mexicans who die in their attempt to enter the United States illegally. The booklet aims to discourage such immigration by repeatedly making clear the risk of being detained and even dying--as many Mexicans do each year in their attempt to sneak into the U.S. The booklet also provides information regarding the rights that any person in the U.S. has, illegal alien or not. Since so many Mexicans are detained it is perfectly reasonable that these people know their rights.

    According to AZCentral.com:

    "The book is being distributed as a free supplement to El Libro Vaquero, a popular cowboy comic book, in five Mexican states that send many migrants to the United States: Zacatecas, MichoacÃn, Puebla, Oaxaca and Jalisco. The government plans to print 1.5 million copies."

    For those that do not know, El Libro Vaquero is a rather sensual, glamorized cowboy-like comic/story popular primarily among relatively uneducated men. El Libro Vaquero would definitely be "R-rated" if it were a movie and the comic book often depicts sexual encounters in an erotic, if not vulgar, way that may appeal to the kind of men that make up the manual labor workfoce both in Mexico and the United States.
    This booklet is not being widely distributed across Mexico--it is being distributed as a free insert into a rather low-end adult comic book targeted at precisely the demographic that tends to try to enter the United States illegally.

    It does not encourage illegal immigration nor does it glamorize it in any way. It is full of warnings of potentially deadly situation and confinement in prison--and some of the pictures depict the potential risks.

    DEBUNKING SOME CLAIMS

    Some things have been quoted, particulary here.


    "The book comes with a yellow disclaimer saying it does not promote undocumented immigration, and it repeatedly warns against crossing illegally. But it gives no information about the steps for seeking a U.S. visa.
    While it is true that the booklet doesn't specifically provide information about how to seek U.S. visas, the very first page does state that the correct way to enter another country is with a Mexican passport and a visa from the country that is to be visited. That it does not enter the details of how to obtain an American visa is not surprising--it is a survival guide targeted at people that are not going to request a visa.


    "The book's pictures are drawn to match the style of El Libro Vaquero. They portray the migrants as strong and healthy men and women, wading into a river or walking through the desert."
    This further confirms the target market. It also shows a strong, healthy man lying in the middle of the desert on the page following the one that talks about dehydration in the desert. If anything, the subconscious message is that even these strong, healthy men can't beat the heat of the desert.


    "Dramatic drawings show undocumented immigrants wading into a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol and crouching near a hole in a border fence."
    It also tells them not to do these things. The booklet also has a picture of a man striking his wife on page 26 in a section that warns against family violence. Are we to assume that the booklet is encouraging domestic violence?


    "Seven pages are devoted to migrants' legal rights after they are detained and another four to living peacefully in the United States. 'Avoid attracting attention, at least while you are arranging your stay or documents to live in the United States," it says. "The best formula is to not alter your routine of going from work to home.""
    Actually, this text is found in a section of what to do if you've been accused of a crime and are awaiting sentencing. Nevertheless, the tips are valid for anyone and are not particularly designed at helping the immigrant to avoid attracting attention but rather are just general tips for anyone that might be coming from Mexico. Things like how to deal with being stopped by a police, telling the truth, and perhaps avoiding playing loud music to avoid bothering the neighbors are all things that might not be readily apparent to a Mexican (legal or illegal). In Mexico it is common to ignore a traffic cop that asks you to stop, people often find it easier to fudge the truth when asked by a corrupt traffic cop, and playing loud music at parties on the weekend until 4am is not something the police are going to respond to.


    "A Border Patrol spokesman said he does not think the book encourages illegal crossers. "If they've already gone ahead and made that decision to cross illegally . . . then anything that helps protect lives is worth it," said Andy Adame, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector."
    This really sums it up. A spokesman of the U.S. Border Patrol--an organization that discourages illegal immigration--does not even believe it encourages illegal crossers.


    "A lot of it is disclaimers, but then there's this part about if you're going to cross the desert, do it when the sun isn't so hot," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. "It's a mixed message.""
    Where is the mixed message? It is a survival guide. If the person has decided to cross I see absolutely nothing wrong with giving him some survival information to reduce the probability that he'll die.


    Said John Vincent, editor of a newsletter published by Virginia-based Americans for Immigration Control: "It really looks like the Mexican government is encouraging illegal immigration. It shows the contempt that the Mexican government has for our laws."
    This is completely unfounded. The booklet is a survival guide and explains the rights anyone in the U.S. has. There is nothing in the booklet that would encourage anyone to cross illegally. If anything, the repeated warnings of the risk of death and prison should discourage it.


    The Mexican government produces a similar book aimed at Central American immigrants who try to enter Mexico illegally. The book covers much of the same information about legal rights and repeats many of the warnings. It even shows a group of migrants struggling to breathe inside a truck. But that book doesn't give the same kind of safety tips on crossing the border or advise immigrants on how to live peacefully in Mexico.
    Most likely because it is well known that most Central Americans that illegaly enter Mexico are on their way to enter the U.S. Very few Central Americans illegally enter Mexico and plan to stay in Mexico.


    THE PROBLEM AND REALITY OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

    I am a social and fiscal conservative. I agree 100% that we should protect our borders and that all illegal immigrants should be deported immediately. If someone wants to live and work in the U.S., they must go through legal channels to do so.

    But I'm also a realist. Mexicans will continue to flood our borders as long as Americans continue to hire them. They are not here for free social security, they are not here for welfare checks, and the vast majority of them are not here to engage in theft or other crimes to finance their lives. They move to the U.S. to work.

    I agree that we must better protect our border. But our border with Mexico is thousands of miles long and we will never win the war on illegal immigration as long American companies continue to hire the cheap labor that illegal immigrants provide. Yes, we need to stop people from entering our country illegally but defending the border is only half the battle. We must crack down on American companies that illegaly hire illegal workers. Serious investigation and strict enforcement of labor laws in geographic areas and in job markets that typically employ illegal immigrants is an obvious and appropriate response. Stiff fines levied on those employers could more than pay for the cost of enforcement.

    To turn around and try to blame our immigration problems on a neighboring government is absurd and gets us no closer to the solution. It is sticking our head in the sand and blaming the problem on someone else. The Mexican government has absolutely no responsibility to protect our borders for us--and their citizens would be rightfully upset if their government violated their own Constitution and limited the free movement of its citizens. The Mexican government does, however, have a responsibility to look out for the well-being of their people regardless of where they are and how they got there; just like American consulates look out for the well-being of our citizens abroad--including those Americans that have violated a law in a foreign country.

    The United States has enough enemies in the world already. Creating a non-existant enemy out of Mexico or its people serves no productive purpose other than to promote and encourage further tension, racism, and resentment on both sides of the border. Illegal immigration is illegal and, as such, those that engage in it should be detained and deported. However, to suggest that the Mexican government is actually encouraging it--much less to suggest that it is an act of war--is extremism, bigotry, and simply uninformed bunk which cheapens the legitimate debate of how to resolve the problem of illegal immigration.

    It is my sincere hope that journalists, our U.S. politicians, and especially our society will not let themselves be deceived by those that would seek to intentionally demonize the government and people of our southern neighbor.


    ENGLISH TRANSLATION

    The rest of this page contains the English translation of the "Guide for the Mexican Immigrant" along with the accompanying pictures that are included in the original Spanish version. Each page of the translation below includes a link to the original Spanish version for anyone that wishes to verify my translation. If you find any error in my translation please let me know.

    http://www.letxa.com/guiamigrante.php

  3. #3
    Activists to provide migrants Ariz. maps
    Safe routes, stations for water included

    Chris Hawley
    Republic Mexico City Bureau
    Jan. 24, 2006 12:00 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's human rights agency says it will give out detailed maps of the Arizona desert, including rescue beacons and water stations, to guide migrants safely through the most popular and deadliest corridor into the United States.

    The maps were designed by a Tucson-based group, Humane Borders, which plans to hold a joint press conference today with the National Human Rights Commission in Mexico City to announce its strategy.

    The maps are the latest effort by activists to aid undocumented immigrants as they trek across the border, helping to fuel a raging debate over illegal immigration in Arizona and other parts of the United States.

    Two rights commission officials confirmed the quasi-governmental agency had agreed to print and distribute the maps through its state offices to reach Mexican migrants before they ever leave their hometowns. It has not decided how many copies to print or how much it will spend on the project, the officials told The Republic.

    They spoke on condition of anonymity pending the official announcement today. Officials in President Vicente Fox's office said Monday that they were unaware of the project and had no immediate comment. The Mexican Foreign Ministry said it would not be involved in distributing the maps.

    The plan's proponents say they are trying to prevent deaths, and they deny the maps encourage people to cross.

    "This is good information, and it will save lives," said Rev. Robin Hoover, president of Humane Borders.

    But border-control advocates say they fear the maps could embolden people to make the trek.

    "I'm afraid that maps and water jugs do nothing but give illegal crossers false hope," Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a Republican, said in a written statement. "Either we convince potential crossers not to make the journey or, failing that, we stop them from crossing the border."

    Last year, the Mexican government outraged border-control activists in the United States by publishing a comic book containing safety tips for illegal immigrants. Soon afterward, the southeastern state of Yucatán published its own guide containing detailed information on routes through the desert.

    Arizona has become the most traveled corridor for Mexicans trying to enter the United States illegally. Border Patrol agents in Arizona caught more than 577,000 undocumented migrants, most of them Mexicans, during the 2005 fiscal year. At least 279 immigrants attempting to cross the desert died during that time.

    Humane Borders has produced maps for each of the four main corridors through Arizona: Douglas, Lukeville, Sasabe and Nogales.

    The maps show mountains, roads, railroads and cities. Blue flags show where migrant-aid groups have left water tanks in the desert. Blue stars indicate Border Patrol rescue beacons where migrants can push a button to summon help.


    Black lines show how far a migrant can expect to get walking one, two or three days.

    The maps use red dots to show where migrants have died during the past four years. Humane Borders used data from the Border Patrol, medical examiners and other agencies to pinpoint each death.

    At the top of each map, a bar graph shows the number of deaths during each month of the year. At the bottom are several tips including:

    "Go with people you know and trust."

    "Don't cross the desert between May and August, because the temperatures are very high."

    "Bring enough water and food."

    "Know your route well and the distance well before starting."

    "Look for tanks of water in the desert that are marked with blue flags."

    Large letters say "Don't go! There's not enough water! It's not worth it!"

    Future versions of the maps will include circles showing cellular telephone coverage, Hoover said.

    In May, Humane Borders distributed a few maps in Sasabe, Sonora, just over the border in Mexico. But the group decided it needed to get the information ****her south, to discourage potential migrants before they even leave their hometowns, Hoover said.

    The Human Rights Commission pledged its support in December. The agency is technically independent of the Mexican government, but it is funded by Mexican taxpayers and operates under a government charter.

    The effort is supported by Pima County, partly as an attempt to help alleviate the expense of dealing with hundreds of corpses found in the desert, said Enrique Serna, a deputy county administrator who accompanied Hoover to Mexico.

    Pima County encompasses Tucson and some 115 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border.

    Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe, a Republican, said he supports the maps as a way of saving lives. But the best way of keeping migrants from dying in the desert is by helping Mexico create jobs and reforming U.S. laws to better manage migration, he said.

    "It's hard to disagree with giving information to your citizens to save their lives," Kolbe said. "Ideally, what I would prefer is that they hand out flyers saying {grave}You don't have to cross the desert because there are jobs in Mexico, and here is some job information.' But that isn't going to happen, because there aren't jobs in Mexico."

    Critics of the maps said they don't do enough to emphasize the dangers, or the illegality, of crossing the border.

    "If you want to tell people, {grave}Don't go,' then that's an entirely different handout. You don't give people a map," said Rick Oltman, western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.



    http://1492columbus.blogspot.com/2006/01/heres-your-map...egally-get-into.html
    Wolves Travel In Packs
    ____________________

  4. #4
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe, a Republican, said he supports the maps as a way of saving lives. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    You obviously have no idea of the meaning of:

    a) A SURVIVAL GUIDE
    b) EXCESSIVE use of bold text

  5. #5
    Mexican Government Sends Illegal Immigrants To Death Knowingly
    By Sam Francis

    Antiquarians may recall that, long ago in April, two high Mexican government officials came to the United States and boasted of how much they were going to help us in controlling illegal immigration. Last week the help arrived in the shape of the Mexican government's plan to distribute some 200,000 survival kits to Mexicans who plan to sneak across our borders"a wee bit too late to help 14 Mexican illegals who died in the Arizona desert.

    "For the first time," Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago Creel said during his April visit to Washington, "the Mexican government is recognizing that we have a responsibility regarding the migratory flows" into the United States. That sounds like the Mexicans might actually do something to try to stop or slow down the vast flood of their own countrymen pouring out of their own country into ours.

    But the decision last week to hand out the survival kits to prospective illegal immigrants tells us just how much help we can really expect. It also confirms, once again, the ugly truth behind the self-righteous gabble the Mexicans always serve up to Americans about immigration. The truth is that the Mexican government and ruling class, unable to provide a decent economy or government for their own citizens, welcome getting rid of them by encouraging them to leave. Indeed, so eager are the Mexican oligarchs to cleanse themselves of their own poor that they're now willing to hand out survival kits to make sure they get out and stay out.

    "We are not going to close our eyes," the Mexican's survival czar, a munchkin named Juan Hernandez, head of the Office for Mexicans Abroad, piously told the press. "We have individuals who are dying at the border. This office was created specifically to watch out for their needs." If Señor Hernandez and his comrades in the Mexican state really didn't close their eyes, they might do something to control the exodus of their own people out of their country into ours, at the risk of their lives. What kind of government is it anyway, that has to have a special bureaucracy to deal with its own nationals living outside its own borders?

    But of course the Mexicans don't consider moving to the United States to be leaving Mexico. Since they claim we stole their territory in the Mexican war, they think they're simply moving to another part of their own country when they swarm over the Rio Grande and occupy entire cities and states. If the swarm continues, survival kits or no, they'll be right: This will be their country.

    Nevertheless, the survival kits came too late to help the 14 Mexicans who died in the desert after illegally crossing the border with Arizona. It might be noted that it was U.S. Border Patrol helicopters and four-wheel-drive vehicles that searched for and tried to save more, not the Mexicans. The death of the 14 gives the Mexican government yet another chance to strut about American "refusal" to take however many people Mexico wants to dump, but if Mexico did anything whatever to reduce the emigration from its side, neither these 14 nor the hundreds of other casualties every year would die.

    The survival kits, however, are only part of the package. The kits are part of a larger program to instruct illegals in what to expect once they sneak into the United States alive, and the pre-sneak training sessions include "tips on maintaining self-esteem and on Asian meditation techniques to combat depression, stress and anxiety in a country they have entered illegally and without speaking the language," The Orange County Register reports.

    It's hard to find anyone who doesn't think the program is a swell idea. Gloria Chavez of the U.S. Border Patrol says it sounds like a good idea because "our mission is to prevent deaths." Actually, her agency's mission is to prevent illegal aliens, but even her boss seems not to grasp that. Visiting Mexico the same week the survival kit program was announced, Attorney General John Ashcroft beamed, "Our first priority is border safety."

    No one wants Mexicans to die of heat and exposure in the Southwestern deserts, but providing them with survival kits and making it clear to them that their own government wants them to emigrate only encourages more to leave, more to come here and more for whom the survival kits and the Asian meditation techniques won't work and who will die in the deserts anyway. The brutality of the Mexican plan is transparent to anyone who thinks it through. Yet another ugly truth is that although the Mexican government probably has thought it through, there seems to be no one in authority in our government who has thought about it at all.

    COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
    Wolves Travel In Packs
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  6. #6
    Whknapp,
    The condescending nature of your post is offensive, please consider rephrasing....!

  7. #7
    Wolves Travel In Packs
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  8. #8
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Beverly:

    COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Got anything more recent than that?

  9. #9
    ...You know I was just messing with you again whknapp!

  10. #10
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by whknapp:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Beverly:

    COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Got anything more recent than that? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Well gee, in light of the fact that Vicente Fox WHO IS NO LONGER THE PRESIDENT OF MEXICO was the author of the instructional books/maps, and in light of the fact that they are totally embarrased that their scheme was exposed, I doubt they have an upgraded or 2nd edition. Then again we're talking about the oligarchies of the cesspool known as Mexico, so if you're that obsessed with an newer version, good luck in your search.
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