Shortly after President Bush signed the bill into law to erect a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, thirty countries have announced their backing for Mexico’s protests. The article by Sky News covered this newly-formed coalition and their cause.
Nearly 30 countries are backing Mexico in protests against plans by the US to erect a 700-mile long fence across its southern border.
The White House wants to put up the fence to trim the number of illegal immigrants. Parts of it are already in place. President Bush has signed into law the bill giving the go-ahead for the fence to run along the whole border.
“The United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and therefore illegal immigration has been on the rise,” he said
But 28 countries in the Organisation of American States, which counts the US as a member, said the barrier would not solve the problem and urged a rethink.
Mexican President Vicente Fox called the plan “shameful” and compared it to the Berlin Wall.
An estimated 11 million Mexicans live in the United States, about half them illegally.
Mexico says it will challenge the fence plans at the United Nations.
Despite the propaganda from Communist Bloc during the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was meant to prevent people from fleeing East Germany into West Germany. Highly skilled workers were migrating out of the Communist regions for better paying jobs and better living conditions, so Soviet Leader Nikita Kruschev approved the building of the wall.
Mexico claims that it plans to bring up the U.S. security fence to the United Nations and that 28 of the Organisation of American States will back them up. Of course Mexico would like to put a stop to the fence. If Mexico couldn’t export its unemployed, they might actually have to deal with them. Furthermore, a fence would stop the billions of dollars a year that is sent from the U.S. back to families in Mexico and which is raxed by ithe Mexican government.
The people of this nation have demanded relief from the influx of illegal immigrants and our government has finally gotten off their collective asses and passed this bill. Regardless of Mexico’s claims, the United States is a sovereign country and has the right to build a fence, wall or alligator pit to protect its borders.