Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton) today sent a letter to Mexican President Felipe Calderon questioning the motives behind his current visit to the United States as well as the charges levied by Mr. Calderon against the fairness of American immigration policy. A copy of the letter is below:

President Calderon:

I was disappointed by misguided comments you recently made regarding U.S.-Mexico relations and U.S. immigration laws. Purveying misinformation and absurd allegations is hardly a positive step to building a constructive partnership.

According to the Associated Press you recently said, ?You have two economies. One economy is intensive in capital, which is the American economy. One economy is intensive in labor, which is the Mexican economy. We are two complementary economies, and that phenomenon is impossible to stop.? Yes, both countries benefit by the 85% of Mexico?s manufacturing exports that come to the U.S., but people are not commodities. While I appreciate your concern for our joint prosperity, the economic and social ills that plague your country cannot be resolved by simply exporting your citizens to the United States.

It is undeniable that Mexico faces major challenges. Endemic corruption and the power of violent drug cartels still dominate everyday life across Mexico. Beyond the headlines, Mexico has deep institutional maladies. Mexico?s absurdly antiquated Napoleonic-inquisition styled legal system and the squandering of robust energy-industry opportunity by a poorly managed, state-run Pemex monopoly are just two examples of the kind of self-inflicted wounds that hobble your troubled nation.

I understand that you are attempting to resolve some of these problems and applaud your leadership in trying to do so. But what would contribute more to the long term stability of your economy and your country would be to focus more energy on addressing your domestic challenges and less on lobbying the U.S. to provide amnesty for Mexicans who have illegally entered this country with the blessing of your government. In doing so, you might be able to keep Mexico?s ?best and brightest young men? in Mexico ? where they can contribute more to Mexico?s economy than remittance payments. Unfortunately, your recent comments indicate that Mexico will continue its policy of encouraging illegal immigration and treating the United States as little more than a dumping ground for your social and economic problems.

In your speech yesterday to the California State legislature, you lectured the American people on how to improve our immigration policies. Why did you not propose that we model our policies on Mexico?s own policies toward illegal entry across your own southern border? Mexico expends enormous resources to prevent Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans from entering the country illegally, but you castigate the United States for wanting secure borders. Mr. President, in my neighborhood that is called hypocrisy.

You proposed in your Sacramento speech that ?migration? be made ?legal, safe and organized.? Mr. President, we already have such a program and it is called legal immigration. Over one million legal immigrants come through our ports of entry each year, not across our border fences. The American people set limits on the number of legal immigrants through our immigration laws, and it is not the job of the Mexican government to revise or expand those limits.

President Calderon, you are insulting the American people when you tell us that fifteen to twenty million illegal aliens in our country bring only benefits and no costs. I challenge you to give one concrete example of how the enforcement of our existing immigration laws violates anyone?s human rights. The people of Oklahoma are not anti-Mexican for passing laws to require verification of employment eligibility. The people of Indiana are not anti-immigrant for passing laws to require photo identification for voting. The people of California are not anti-Mexican for denying driver?s licenses to illegal aliens. The people of Arizona are not anti-immigrant for passing laws that deny welfare benefits to people who are in that state unlawfully.

It is no secret that the purpose of your visit is to influence the American election, and in fact your trip has been billed as a high-stakes effort to shape the immigration debate underway in the U.S. presidential race. What is perhaps more disappointing, however, is your attempt to insinuate that anti-amnesty sentiment here in the U.S. is the same as anti-Mexican sentiment. I am referring to your statement, ?I need to change in the perception that the Americans are the enemy, and it is important to change the perception that the Mexicans are the enemy.?

It is both disingenuous and dangerous for you to inject this kind of xenophobia into this debate. The fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the enforcement of our immigration laws and take issue with the notion that we should reward illegal behavior, hardly qualifies as ethnic animosity or international enmity. What you must understand is that a treasured aspect of our national foundation is a respect for the rule of law. Perhaps if corruption were not so widespread and commonplace in Mexico, it would be easier for you to understand this.

President Calderon, in many ways your trip thus far has been a long series of mixed messages. You accuse the United States of recent protectionist trends, yet you heavily restrict foreign entry into Mexico?s energy sector through a massive, state-run Pemex monopoly. You assure American politicians that an open flow of cheap Mexican labor is not only benign but vitally necessary, but you take great care in securing your own southern border with Guatemala. You come to the United States purportedly to promote better political and economic ties with the U.S., but then issue a thinly veiled threat that Mexicans will regard the U.S. as an enemy if we refuse to provide millions of illegal aliens with unconditional amnesty.

President Calderon, I respectfully suggest that the next time you visit our country, rather than trying to influence U.S. policymakers or our election process, you take time to listen to Americans rather than lecture them. If you want to make changes in government policies, apply your energies to Mexico?s laundry list of problems rather than meddling in domestic American politics.

8 Responses to “Tancredo Letter to Mexican President Calderon”
  1. litew8 says:

    TANCREDO is the SMARTEST, MAN I’ve heard speak in a long time. I’m glad he told Calderon how it really is. Tancredo is my hero. That may sound strange to read, but Tancredo is the only person I’ve ever heard stand up in such a truth convicting manner to the crap being propagated by the lawless, unconcerning and uneducated. TANCREDO - we need more men like him.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Tancredo, probably one of a HANDFUL of people worth anything in the cellpool
    on the Potomac.

    Cheers for you Tancredo. Hope your star continues to rise.

  3. Johnny says:

    I doubt if Calderon is smart enough to understand Tancredo’s intellect.

    I am sure this letter was torn up and thrown in the trash.

    Wheres Tancredo now when we need him the most?

    All I can say is that Tancredo did a good job of setting the stage for identifying the truth about illegal immigration and getting some people exposed.

    I believe our greatest threat is illegal immigration and our second threat is terrorism.

  4. Roger says:

    Very well said. My full compliment and admiration to Cogressman Tancredo

  5. vega says:

    It is ecouraging to see that there is one of our elected officials with the backbone to finally say what the american people want, CALDERON… STAY THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY’S AFFAIRS … and while you are at it, take back your invaders … this is in deed a beautiful letter that should be an inspiration to other US elected officials, there is a need to voice the will of the AMERICAN PEOPLE … thanks Tom Tancredo !!!!!!!

  6. BEADALONG says:

    HOORAY TANCREDO! He’s a hero in my book.

    #3. Yea Johnny, Calderon is probably too stupid to understand Tancredo.

    Yes, let’s follow Mexico’s example of how they handle their own southern border. Gee, imagine that, Mexico actually guards their own southern border. Doesn’t this makes Mexico { racist, nativist, xenophobe}? The nerve of them telling us to ignore our border situation, but then, look at them.

    I also happened to stop at one of those FREE/Gratis news stands for “El Observador.” One of the pics shows Shwarzenegger and Maria together with Calderone and wife, all smiles…..I still think when Maria Shriver went to either Pajara or Salinas last year and got heckled off stage by the Brown Berets, they were way too nice to that traitress.

  7. the marlboro man says:

    That was just about right on the nail,all but one thing that TOM T. left CALDERON when you head back south take your trash with you dammit!!!!!!!!!! all 25/35 million

  8. jo says:

    Tom T did a fine job, clear and concise, but it is wasted on Calderone or any of the traitors that are lackeys for the power that controls all. i waste no energy on the likes of Calderon. my beef is with the assh*les that masquerade as concerned leaders of this country. now if T would only write that same type of letter to our citizen traitors calling them on their sh*t. can i get a amen.

    it wouldn’t do any good, but it would be refreshing.

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