Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, recently spoke in the USA about Mexican immigration to the USA. As I have noted in previous posts, I am still ambivalent on the subject, believing that some immigration is an obvious good, but very concerned that (as in many other areas) too much of a good thing is no longer good.
Yet I was still taken aback by one of Fox’s comments, which really grated:
It [passage of immigration legislation in the Senate] is a moment that millions of families have been hoping for; this is the moment that millions of people have been working for
Think about that a minute. A head of state is praising a situation in which millions of his countrymen have been allowed to flee his government. It’s like KMart praising Walmart for letting former KMart customers shop there instead.
What impression is Fox trying to make? It only makes sense if Fox views the emigres as a waste product he and Mexico are well rid of. It doesn’t seem like the best message to be conveying for someone in an election campaign, unless that’s how the rest of Mexico thinks. Or perhaps no one there has any hope except escape. That would make the rest of Fox’s speech, about how the Mexican government is working to improve things, in an interesting light.