Mexico Cheers Passage Of Immigration Bill In Senate Committee

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Mexicans cheered the proposal approved Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee to legalize undocumented migrants and provide temporary work visas, and credited huge marches of migrants across the United States as the decisive factor behind the vote.

Mexican President Vicente Fox said the vote was the result of five years of work dating to the start of his presidential term in 2000, and puts Mexico one step closer toward the government’s goal of “legalization for everyone” who works in the United States.

“My recognition and respect for all the Hispanics and all the Mexicans who have made their voice heard,” Fox said. “We saw them turn out this weekend all across the United States, and that’s going to count for a lot as we move forward.”

Some Mexican media outlets were even more euphoric, predicting final approval for the committee bill as drafted, and suggesting the weekend demonstrations showed Mexico still holds some sway over former territories which it lost in the 1846-48 Mexican-American War.

“With all due respect to Uncle Sam, this shows that Los Angeles has never stopped being ours,” reporter Alberto Tinoco said on the Televisa television network’s nightly news broadcast, referring to a Saturday march in Los Angeles that drew an estimated 500,000, mainly Mexicans.

But U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza warned Mexicans on Monday that the proposal still faces a long, difficult path through Congress.

“The debate will no doubt be heated and at times contentious,” Garza wrote in an open letter distributed in Mexico City. “The debate in the Senate is only one part of the lengthy process.”

3 Responses to “Mexico Cheers Passage Of Immigration Bill In Senate Committee”

  1. Jalira Says:

    WTF? This is another country saying this crap about our country!!! Their plans do not apply to us except when they attack, as they are, I guess.

  2. David Says:

    We are under attack and have been for who knows how long. I just hope it is not too late for us to turn this mess around.

  3. Jim Says:

    It took Fox five years trying to legalize everyone who works in the United States. That shows the sheer determinations of mexico and its people in their missions of US invasion.

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