May 17, 2006

Then why all the hubbub?

"Mexicans Say Guard Won't Slow Migrants" is this Yahoo news headline.

President Bush's decision to send the National Guard to the Mexican border drew an angry response from migrants who said troops would not deter them, while Mexico's government said Monday it would respect the U.S. action as "a sovereign decision."

"I have no work in my country so if the soldiers turn me back, I will try again," said Raul Garduno, a 28-year old Salvadoran.

Along the border in Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, Honduran Antonio Auriel said he would make it into the United States whatever was in his path.

"Soldiers in the border? That won't stop me. I'll swim the river and jump the wall. I'm going to arrive in the United States," Auriel said.

Typical talk from Mexicans who are determined to come here and work. But this line struck me as odd:

In a migrant shelter in Ciudad Juarez, a group of 10 Central Mexicans and Central Americans watched a soap opera while Bush's speech was broadcast live on the other channel.

"People here have more important things to do then watch Bush," said Carlos Amado Luarca, a Dominican monk who works in the shelter. "This plan to send soldiers is one more sign of the decadence of the American empire."

Indeed! Funny how that "decadence" doesn't seem to affect folks like Antonio Auriel, Raul Garduno, and the millions of other Latin Americans who continue to stream across the US border illegally, and even protest in American cities about their "rights."

Hey -- on second thought, maybe that Carlos Luarca has a point!

Posted by Felix at May 17, 2006 04:50 PM | TrackBack

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