Mexico Calls Georgia and Arizona A Bunch of Haters
by tee bee
And it's all about the money, so you know it's true.
The Mexican government has denounced bills in Georgia and Arizona that would tack a surcharge on wire transfers from illegal immigrants, instructing its consulates to consider ''legal actions'' should the proposals become law.
The Mexican Foreign Relations Department's statement is the latest the country has lodged against legislation it deems ``discriminatory toward people of Hispanic origin in general, and Mexican nationality in particular.''
Mexico's Consul in Atlanta, Remedios Gomez-Arnau, said she has spoken to Georgia legislators about the impact the proposed legislation would have on Mexican immigrants -- legal and illegal.
''The Mexican government is very respectful of the legislative process, but that doesn't mean it doesn't follow it and promote dialogue,'' she said.
Mexico's basic stance is that illegal immigration wouldn't be the problem it is if the United States didn't have a strong demand for workers and if more visas existed for the kind of jobs -- in construction, agriculture, hospitality -- that illegal immigrants tend to fill.
So you can see that it's our own dollar-lovin' Mexican-hating fault.
Now go hug your maid, and give her some money to send the folks at home who haven't already snuck across the border and are living in your garage.
Seriously, it's called the Illegal Immigrant Fee Act. If we're dealing with illegal aliens, they need to be processed to determine their status and deport them if necessary, not penalized for banking arrangements.
Face it - taxing them is the method of soft bigotry designed to recoup healthcare and education costs presumably created by untaxed alien workers, and it requires some type of customer profiling by bottom-level employees. This renders it useless unless the teller or 7-11 clerk doesn't like the look or accent of the person they're helping.