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    Has Mexico Forgotten the US is a Sovereign Nation?

    As I was reading through the headlines this evening I came across an article titled “ Mexico protests Texas National Guard troops on the US border”…. Just reading the title gave me pause; it made me wonder why on earth Mexico would care. What business is it of there where our nation deploys it National Guard? We are a sovereign nation…aren't we?

    On Friday a statement was made by the Mexican Foreign Ministry…here are some key phrases that were included in the article. ”Mexico reiterates, in a firm and categorical way, it rejection of this measure”.

    “No circumstance at all or change in border security exists that justifies this measure taken by the state.”
    The troop deployment “does not contribute in any way to solving the immigration problem”, and is inconsistent with US-Mexico talks aimed at “building a modern, prosperous and safe border”.

    I take issue with the idea that “no circumstance at all or change in border security exists”…really? Our border has been flooded with all these kids, who need housing, food and direct care….that has created a huge burden for our border security agents and has cut into their job of actually providing border security.

    According to the US Customs and Border Protections website, the mission of the Border Patrol is preventing terrorists and terrorist’s weapons from entering the US and to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the US. Over the years the role of the border patrol has expanded to take on illegal trafficking of people and contraband; in 2012 border patrol agents seized more than 5,900 pounds of cocaine and more than 2.2 million pounds of marijuana. What I did not find on the website was caring for small children who have come across the border from Central America.

    From what I have read, the National Guard was deployed to fill some of these care giving roles so that our border agents can get back to protecting our borders from terrorists, illegal aliens and human/drug traffickers. If this is truly the case, why is Mexico upset?

    I sometimes wonder why Mexico believes they can dictate US policy. This is definitely not the first comment that has come from Mexico that has given me pause. Back in the spring, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is “indignant” at the United States deportation of Mexican migrants and described U.S. lawmakers as demonstrating “lack of conscience” in failing to pass immigration reform. Before there was Pena Nieto, there was former Mexican President Calderon who was publicly critical of our nation’s drug use, lack of more gun control and enforcement of our borders. With this prevailing attitude of Mexican presidents one would think that Mexico embraces an open border. A border where all that want to immigrate to Mexico are welcome…but that is far from the case. Apparently trying to settle in Mexico without the permission of the country will get you jail time. After Calderon left office, he settled in the US, yep the nation he liked to criticize.

    Some suggest that Mexico is invested in illegal immigration to the US for financial reasons. They suggest that illegal immigrants frequently take the money they earn here in the US and send quite a lot of it back to Mexico. Knowing this, shouldn’t someone in our government call them out on this this? Just put the cards on the table? Instead it seems like some of our politicians seize on these criticisms coming from Mexico to forward a political agenda verses represent the best interests of American citizens.

    How do you feel about the comments coming from the Mexican Foreign Ministry?

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