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Colonia Libertad is a violent, drug infested sewer, right along the border fence in San Diego. I’ve driven through there with Border Agents at night and it truly is a war zone. There needs to be an Israeli style border wall to shut this area off completely. There’s no reason to put our agents in harms way.

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MEXICO CITY - The president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, criticized that in the United States the contenders to the presidency of that country compete for showing “who has the most swagger, who is the most macho, and who is the more anti-mexican”.

“The U.S. does not have competitiveness”

In interview with the newscast radio Focus, the Mexican president regretted that in the neighboring country a problem “serious” exists, political and economic, and they are transferring to Mexico “their anger”.

“In politics they have placed as hostages the Mexicans in U.S.. The only theme in the electoral campaign is to know “who has the most swagger, who is the most macho, and who is the more anti-mexican”. Calderon said, who has just completed his first year in Government.

The leader of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) said that in the last days he is hearing “pre-global arguments”, just as before he heard arguments that where “pre-colonial” which affect Mexico.

The reason why many American businessmen want to manufacture in Mexico or of any another country is because the production in the neighboring country turns out to be very expensive, according to Calderon.

“That has nothing to do with the prosperity of Mexico. It has to do with the fact that the United States does not have competitiveness, it has to see that, by financing its adventure on the war, they are spending the money of the Americans and getting the Government into debt, and that is displacing the private investment”, criticized the conservative leader.

Calderon added that in the United States the contenders to the presidency “are being mistaken in their diagnosis” and “deceitfully the internal campaigns of the parties are aiming at someone that is innocent, that is Mexico”.

On the United States’ economic problems that are affecting Mexico by being its main commercial associate, Calderon indicated that he expects a relaunching of the economy of the neighboring country “in the third quarter of next year”.

According to the leader, the United States is “very wrong” in the economic issue due to that fact that “they are evading the problem of the lack of competitiveness of the American economy and they believe that closing their borders is going to resolve it”, he concluded.

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TIJUANA, Mexico ? Gunmen killed the police chief of a Mexican city bordering California Tuesday by shooting him some 50 times in an apparent revenge attack after police found a drug-smuggling tunnel under the border.

Gunmen broke into the house of Tecate police chief Juan Soriano in the early hours of the morning and shot him repeatedly in the face and torso as he slept in bed with his wife, an official at the Baja California state attorney general’s office told Reuters. His wife was not hit.

The killing of Soriano, who had started his job only last week, appeared to be an act of revenge against Mexican police, who Monday discovered a tunnel nearly a mile long running into California from Tecate near the Pacific coast after a tip-off from the U.S. Border Patrol.

?As soon as Soriano made public the discovery of the tunnel, he went home and hours later, they executed him in his bedroom,? said the official, who requested anonymity.

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The cartels are busy killing everybody.

Two Popular Mexican Singers Murdered

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A new book, “Why Mexicans Think & Behave the Way They Do!–The Cultural Factors that Created the Character & Personality of Mexicans,” should be of extraordinary interest and use to business people, immigration officials, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and those planning on visiting Mexico as tourists.

Written by Boyé Lafayette De Mente, internationally known for his business and cultural-insight books on China, Korea and Japan, the book not only points out the cultural pitfalls and misunderstandings most people encounter when dealing with Mexicans, it provides pointers on how to avoid these problems and turn the experience with Mexicans into a plus.

Mexicans have a saying: Como México, no hay dos! (There is no other place like Mexico!), and author De Mente not only agrees, he recounts in vivid detail the cultural factors that created the unique character of Mexican men and women.

He writes: “Mexico’s traditional values and morals were forged in a caldron of aggressive racism, religious intolerance, male chauvinism, corruption and an elitist political system that connived with the Catholic Church to keep ordinary people ignorant and powerless and deny them the most basic human rights.

“But,” he adds, “the reality of Mexico has always been obscured behind a variety of masks–of piety, pride, courage, gaiety, indifference and stoicism.”

De Mente relates how the sexual miscegenation policy of the Spanish conquistadors who destroyed the Aztec empire, and the Spanish administrators and military forces that followed them, created a new race of mix-bloods–mestizos–whose only source of pride and dignity–for mestizo men in particular–was an extreme form of machoism and personalism that was to plague the country down to modern times.

“Personalismo or personalism was and still is the foundation of Mexican society–in business as well as in social relationships,” he says. “It still rules the lives of Mexicans to a degree that is both fascinating and frustrating, especially to Americans.”

De Mente also explains the traditional Mexican view and use of time, of truth, of respect, of face, and the simpatico syndrome. He says that the historical Catholic Church-inspired taboo against criticism of any kind–of anybody about anything–was the primary factor in the continuation of the negative facets of Mexican culture down to recent times.

He goes on to say that despite the fact that the traditional character of Mexicans is a mixture of medieval Catholicism, traditional Indian and Spanish authoritarianism, machoism and self-serving personalism, it has another face: an inherently joyful nature that manifests itself in music, singing, dancing and art.

“For Mexicans life is very personal, very intense,” he adds. “One is always on a stage; with every action, every word, subject to careful scrutiny that must measure up to cultural standards of courtesy, dignity, pride and self-respect in a virtual world based on situational ethics and morality instead of principles.

“But,” he continues, “the same character and personality attributes of Mexicans that often frustrate foreigners in their attempts to understand and deal with Mexico can also make life there deeply satisfying emotionally, spiritually and intellectually.”

“Why Mexicans Think & Behave the Way They Do” removes the masks that have traditionally obscured the realities of Mexican culture, and in doing so provides invaluable insights that make it possible to both understand and deal more effectively with Mexico.

Other books on Mexico by De Mente include “There’s a Word for It in Mexico!–The Complete Guide to Mexican Thought & Culture” and “Romantic Mexico–The Image & the Realities!”

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LA Slimes

WASHINGTON — The man from Arlington, Texas, could barely contain his smirk as he looked into a computer video camera to pose a question of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Paul’s followers talk about such conspiracy theories as “merging the United States with Canada and Mexico . . .,” the questioner said in a YouTube video shown during the Wednesday debate. “Do you really believe in all this?”

Paul did not miss a beat. The Texas congressman coolly raised the specter of a dire new national threat — an as-yet unbuilt superhighway.

A border-spanning “NAFTA highway” now on the drawing board, Paul said, would link the U.S., Mexico and Canada, worsening illegal immigration and threatening American independence. “Our national sovereignty is under threat,” Paul warned.

Federal and state highway and trade officials and transportation consultants reacted Thursday with befuddlement and amusement. The fearsome secret international highway project Paul described does not exist, they said.

“There is no such superhighway like the one he’s talking about,” said Ian Grossman, a spokesman with the Federal Highway Administration. “It doesn’t exist, in plans or anywhere else.”

“It’s complete fiction,” said Tiffany Melvin, executive director of NASCO, a consortium of transportation agencies and business interests caught in the cross hairs of anti-highway activists. “This is the work of fringe groups that have wrapped a couple of separate projects together into one big paranoid fantasy.”

A loose confederation of conservative Internet bloggers and some right-wing groups, among them the John Birch Society, has seized on a burst of activity in federal highway projects in recent years as evidence that the Bush administration is pushing toward a European Union-style government for North America.

The problem, public officials said Thursday, is that the new emphasis on highway construction reflects a growing concern about renewing the crumbling U.S. road system, not a secret extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“These whispers have been around in some form or another ever since NAFTA was signed,” said Grossman, who pointed out that numerous U.S. highways already are connected to Mexican and Canadian thoroughfares.

Paul took up the issue in recent years, sounding alarms in the Congressional Record after activists rallied against a $1- billion Texas project that aimed to build a privately financed highway corridor from the border with Mexico to the Oklahoma state line.

“The ultimate goal is not simply a superhighway,” Paul wrote to his constituents in October 2006, “but an integrated North American Union — complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy, and virtually borderless travel within the Union.”

During the Wednesday debate, Paul also linked the purported NAFTA highway to his concerns about the Trilateral Commission — an enduring bugaboo of conspiracy theorists — and the World Trade Organization’s “control [of ] our drug industry, our nutritional products.” Paul added: “I don’t like big government in Washington, so I don’t like this trend toward international government.”

Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign spokesman, said Thursday that Paul believed that the threat of a NAFTA highway was real. “Dr. Paul is not alone in thinking this is a substantial compromise of federal sovereignty,” Benton said. “There’s a strong belief by a lot of people that [the highway] would run clear up through Canada.”

Benton noted that Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) had introduced a resolution expressing opposition to a NAFTA superhighway. It is signed by 42 congressmen, including Paul and two of his Republican presidential rivals, Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Tancredo of Colorado.

In Texas, Benton added, legislators voted to withhold funding from the project linking Mexico to Oklahoma, known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, despite Gov. Rick Perry’s support. But with much of the $1-billion project expected to be defrayed by private developers, the effort is moving forward, said Coby Chase of the Texas Department of Transportation.

The anti-highway movement has surged from a Texas-based group,, to old-line groups like the Birch Society and to Jerome Corsi, a conservative author who aided the Swift boat targeting of Sen. John F. Kerry during the 2004 campaign.

As alarms about NAFTA’s illusory highway have spread across the Web, the issue’s whiff of paranoia has ignited sparks of humor. Comedy Central mock commentator Stephen Colbert took up the issue earlier this year, saying the highway plan was real “because I got it from the Internet.” He added that “it’s a plan to make Canada, the U.S. and Mexico one country and force us to eat moose tacos.”

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An insider who presented a paper at a recent North American Forum meeting in Mexico is concluding that the Security and Prosperity Partnership plan has failed.

“The Security and Prosperity Partnership is dead,” reporter John Ibbitson of Canada’s Globe and Mail told WND in a telephone interview.

Ibbitson, who was invited to present a paper at the meeting because he is a strong proponent of increased international trade, especially between Canada and the United States, said he believes public exposure has stalled SPP efforts.

Others disagree with his conclusion, but they do agree that the public’s awareness of the program and some of its features will trigger changes.

“The opposition in all three countries has exposed the SPP North American integration agenda,” wrote Stuart Trew, a researcher and writer for the Council of Canadians. “But it is not fair to say the SPP has died altogether.”

He said the SPP “as an over-arching project may have suffered from being exposed, but progress in North American integration will continue in many different areas of public policy as long as the trilateral working groups remain in place and the bureaucrats from the three nations keep meeting.?

WND has obtained a copy of the North American Forum’s secretive annual meeting on “North American Cooperation and Community,” held this year in Mexico from Oct. 12-14.

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Eastern Arizona Courier

Mexican bureaucrats criticize our efforts to restrict issuing driver?s licenses to illegal immigrants with no proof of citizenship, so why does Mexico require an American to have a valid visa in order to get a Mexican driver?s license?

In Mexico you cannot receive free social services and an education unless you are a Mexican citizen. Why does Mexico feel illegals should get these benefits free in the United States?

Illegal immigrants caught on Mexico?s southern border are often beaten, robbed and thrown in hellhole prisons. Why is Mexico concerned with how illegals are treated in our country?

Mexico claims to be working to stem the flow of illegals into our country, but it issues maps showing them how to enter the United States illegally. Mexican air carriers are doing a booming business booking flight to get illegals near our border, and police officials ignore all the smugglers and businesses that have sprung up along the border that exist solely to help illegals sneak into our country.

Now Mexican President Felipe Calderon is upset at our efforts to round up illegal immigrants in what he terms a ?growing harassment.? He admits that 6 million of the 11 million Mexican immigrants in the United States are here illegally.

According to the Associated Press, Calderon has endorsed the creation of a League Against Discrimination Against Mexicans in the United States. The AP reported he wants to ?launch direct media campaigns aimed at showing migrant success stories and raise awareness of the many contributions migrants make to the U.S. society.?

In other words, Calderon wants Mexico to sponsor ad campaigns that encourage more illegals to enter our country.

Most American love their Mexican neighbors and understand why its hopelessly poor seek a better life in our country, but until Mexico cleans up its widespread corruption and comes to terms with its blatant hypocrisy in the illegal immigration debate, American hostility toward illegal immigration will continue to grow.

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Miami Herald

MEXICO CITY — Anger in Mexico is growing in the wake of a number of new state laws in the United States, including those in Georgia, Oklahoma and Arizona, considered by critics to be anti-Mexican — a shift reflected in President Felipe Calderón’s recent verbal lashing of U.S. presidential candidates.

In tougher rhetoric toward U.S. immigration policies, Calderón scolded presidential candidates for using migrants as ”thematic hostages” and announced a media campaign aimed at influencing American public opinion.

Calderón’s comments earlier this month represented a dramatic departure from the more timid statements of past leaders and were welcomed by many in Mexico.

”I think the current American government has gone too far against illegal Mexicans,” said Fernando García, a 36-year-old Mexico City office administrator. “I don’t like the raids and how they destroy families [and] . . . the hate they are generating against Mexicans.”

In Georgia, new state laws require increased verification of legal status to register a car and hold some jobs. They also require that local officials alert federal immigration agents to any suspected illegal immigrants booked on felony or DUI charges.

Supporters in the United States say such laws are designed to curb illegal migration.

But many in Mexico see them as discriminatory, while failing to address the larger issue of U.S. immigration policy.

”Bush is the modern-day Hitler, the same as the rest of his party,” said Antonio González, a 35-year-old Mexico City accountant. “They don’t treat the Russians or English or other white Europeans like that, and so for me they are a bunch of racists.”

The Calderón administration last week also blasted the U.S.-backed border wall, calling the idea “medieval.”.

At a migrant advocates’ conference last week in Mexico City, attendees cited some 170 anti-immigrant measures adopted by local and state governments in the United States. Many said the time had come to directly confront what is increasingly seen as a rising tide of xenophobia.

”Just the idea that our children will live in . . . humiliation is something we cannot allow,” said Alonso Flores, member of the Institute of Mexicans in the Exterior, an agency of the Mexican government that fosters ties with Mexicans living abroad.

His agency estimates that 1 million Mexicans will be deported in the coming year from the United States as a result of the new laws.

Calderón, in a speech to the conference, said a new media campaign would change the ”distorted” perceptions Americans have about Mexican workers and build consciousness of the “many contributions they make for the society in which they work and live.”

Experts in Mexico say it’s too early to tell whether Calderón’s comments signal a change in how the Mexican government deals with American politics.

”In the coming weeks and months, we will see if [Calderón’s] declarations form part of a new strategy,” said Luis Escala, a researcher at the Tijuana-based College of the Northern Border.

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Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — The Bush administration’s proposed counternarcotics aid package for Mexico would set in motion a vast reengineering of the country’s justice system, revamping the legal education process, creating a network of court clerks and helping to write new laws, according to two summaries obtained by The Washington Post.

The $500 million plan would also fund anti-drug and human rights campaigns and new citizen complaint centers. It would provide money for efforts to develop “centers of moral authority” and for media campaigns to create “a culture of lawfulness.”

Under the plan, which has drawn criticism from some on Capitol Hill, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons would conduct training sessions and military officers would provide instruction related to aircraft.

Nearly every sector of Mexico’s federal justice system would receive a slice of the proposed aid, with millions being doled out for equipment and training for prosecutors, federal police, prison managers and customs inspectors. It would also give birth to new institutions: Money has been set aside, for instance, to help establish a training academy for drug-sniffing dogs and their handlers.

Bush proposed the package Oct. 22, announcing its inclusion in a supplementary war spending bill. The aid was requested by the Mexican government, which has been struggling to contain a war among drug cartels that are blamed for more than 4,000 killings in the past 18 months. If approved by the U.S. Congress, the package would represent a landmark in relations between the two countries, which often have failed to coordinate counternarcotics efforts.

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USA Today

MEXICO CITY ? The question of whether to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants has ignited a national debate in the United States.

Yet in Mexico, the biggest source of immigrants to the USA, there’s no debate: If you’re not in the country legally, you can’t get a driver’s license.

All of Mexico’s 31 states, along with the federal district of Mexico City, require foreigners to present a valid visa if they want a driver’s license, according to a survey of states by USA TODAY.

“When it comes to foreigners, we’re a little more strict here,” said Alejandro Ruíz, director of education at the Mexican Automobile Association.

The issue took the national spotlight after presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said a move by the New York governor to give licenses to illegal immigrants “makes a lot of sense” during a debate.

Proponents said the plan would have made the roads safer by ensuring that drivers are trained and insured, but the ensuing public outcry forced Gov. Eliot Spitzer to abandon the effort this week. U.S. Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., filed a bill Wednesday that would bar states from any future attempts to give licenses to illegal immigrants.

Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington allow drivers to get licenses without proving they are legal residents, according to the National Immigration Law Center. Most other states require applicants to prove they are citizens or legal residents.

In Mexico, by contrast, the policy is similar across the country and often strictly enforced.

“The fact that all 31 states in Mexico would have such a common-sense position ? shows to me a certain hypocrisy on the part of the Mexican government, because they are constantly criticizing those of us in Congress who want immigration laws to be tougher up here,” King said.

Licensing offices in all of Mexico’s 31 states, along with the Federal District, where Mexico City lies, said they require applicants to prove their citizenship, preferably by showing a voter registration card issued by the Federal Elections Institute.

(Foreign tourists who are in Mexico temporarily can drive using their foreign licenses, the states said. Most U.S. states have a similar exemption for visitors.)

Mexican officials said rules are strictly enforced, especially in southern states that have a problem with illegal immigrants from Central America.

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Several Inland immigration-rights advocates are heading to Mexico City to participate in a first-ever summit Friday and Saturday between U.S.-based activists of Mexican ancestry and members of the Mexican Congress.

The Mexican Congress last month called for the “parliament,” which will include up to 500 delegates, to discuss immigration-related issues.

“It is important they hear what is really going on” in the U.S. among people of Mexican origin, said delegate Gilberto Esquivel, president of Hispanos Unidos, a Riverside-based advocacy and assistance group. “We’re the ones living through this situation. They need to get off their duffs and do something.”

Participants will discuss proposals for the Mexican Congress to fund programs to help immigrants in the United States and defend their rights, and to pay for an organization that would lobby the U.S. government on immigration policy. The Mexican government has previously lobbied in the United States, as have other countries.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, which seeks greater limits on immigration, said the meeting was another example of the Mexican government interfering in internal U.S. politics.

“The problem is we have permitted Mexico to view our immigration policy as a bi-national matter,” Krikorian said. “The Mexican government now views itself as having a role in U.S. policymaking.”

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Chicago Tribune

MEXICO CITY - President Felipe Calderon decried Wednesday what he called “the growing harassment” of Mexicans in the United States and said his government will work to counter it by funding a media campaign to show migrant success stories.

Mexican officials have expressed concern over a recent wave of immigration raids and a U.S. political climate perceived as anti-migrant. Calderon said U.S. presidential candidates were using migrants as “symbolic hostages” on the immigration issue.

“I am especially worried about the growing harassment and frank persecution of Mexicans in the United States in recent days,” Calderon said at a meeting of the Mexican government’s migrant assistance agency.

He called on leading U.S. presidential candidates to “stop holding Mexicans in their country as symbolic hostages in their speeches and (campaign) strategies.” He was apparently referring to the hard line some candidates have taken on the immigration issue, and other candidates’ unwillingness to take a clear stance in the debate.

To bolster the image of migrants in the U.S., the Mexican government will launch “direct media campaigns aimed at showing migrant success stories and raise awareness of the many contributions” migrants make to U.S. society, he said.

Calderon noted 6 million of the 11 million Mexican migrants in the United States are undocumented, and endorsed the creation of what he called the League Against Discrimination Against Mexicans in the United States.

Pablo Alonso Flores, a member of advisory council of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, described the new anti-discrimination league as a group “run by Mexican-Americans, aimed mainly at defending our rights peacefully and respectfully, while not allowing media attacks on the integrity, roots and customs of Mexicans.”

Calderon also endorsed a project to expand shelters for deported migrants in Mexican border cities.

Several recent high-profile immigration enforcement raids, and political setbacks like Wednesday’s decision by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to abandon a plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, have put immigrant activists in a grim mood.

Also Wednesday, Mexico City officials announced a program to offer city residents living in the United States low fees for sending money home.

As part of the program, the estimated 600,000 Mexico City migrants will also receive free life insurance policies. If they die, the policy will enable their relatives in Mexico to repatriate their remains free of charge.

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Mexico’s former president, Vicente Fox, said there are two types of local governments when it comes to immigration: Those that are ‘humane’ and understand the benefits of immigrant workers, and those that are ‘really going too far, and violating human rights in certain situations.’

That was his response after a question about Cobb County’s new program to deport illegal immigrants from its jail.

Fox arrived in Atlanta Monday for a book tour and talked with the AJC before he spoke at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum to about 150 people Monday.

A group of about 20 Minutemen, who oppose illegal immigration, carried placards and signs and confronted Fox outside the museum. They were asked to stand across the street, which they did. Later some came inside to hear him speak.

Fox referred to the protesters as ‘xenophobes,’ and said the immigration issue is ‘being managed by fear.’ While there is a legitimate concern about terrorism in the United States after Sept. 11, Mexican immigrants are not out to destroy the United States, he said.

‘That is false. That is a lie,’ he said.

Jill Benson, 40, of Duluth, joined the protest outside, wearing a T-shirt with the word ‘Illegals’ and a circle and slash through it. She’s less concerned about terrorists and more concerned about code violators.

‘You should see my neighborhood. It’s turned into trash. You should see the graffiti, the litter, the vacant homes,’ Benson said.

‘I’ve lived there 15 years and in the last two years it has turned into a barrio,’ she said.

The neighborhood is multicultural â?? white, black, Chinese, Indian and Hispanic,’ she said.

It’s the illegal immigrants that have brought the neighborhood down, she said.

‘Everyone who wants to live by our standards, speak English, follow our laws and respect the flag, they are welcome,’ Benson said.

Fox opposes the wall to separate the United States from Mexico.

“I love this nation. I don’t understand this nation â?? building walls in front of your neighbor, your friend, your partner,” he said.

When asked what Mexico can do to create jobs so its people won’t feel the need to immigrate, he responded that Mexicans do have jobs.

“It’s not that they don’t have jobs in Mexico, but that they make more money here,” he said.

Mexicans pick produce, build homes and work in restaurants in the United States, he said.

“You get a good quality of life from these people working.”

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