So Mexican President Felipe Calderon, in a formal address to the nation, had harsh words for the US about their immigration policies and treatment of illegal Mexican workers. Along with some catchy taglines like “Mexico does not end at its borders” and “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico” he had this to say:

We strongly protest the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government that have only persecuted and exacerbated the mistreatment of Mexican undocumented workers…The insensitivity toward those who support the U.S. economy and society has only served as an impetus to reinforce the battle … for their rights.

This isn’t really anything new, I think most Mexican presidents have been critical of US immigration policies and treatment of illegal Mexican workers, as the NY Times explains, “because the immigrants send home about $20 billion a year and because the yearly migration of more than 400,000 people relieves Mexico of masses of the poor” while keeping, say, our agricultural industry afloat.

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