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United States, not Mexico, decide immigration reform: Sarukhán
APRIL 11, 2012 ·
MEXICO, DF (Approved). - The Ambassador of Mexico to the United
States defined the bilateral relationship with the country's north in
perfect chiaroscuro. For Arturo Sarukhan, the link between the two
countries through one of his best yet worst historical moments.
During the conference Prospective Scenarios: Mexico-United States
2030, organized by the Center for North American researchers (CISAN),
the diplomat praised for the first time, "perhaps since NAFTA was
negotiated," the two nations share a future strategic vision,
comprehensive, "to link all issues of bilateral relations" as
migration, border security, fight against transnational organized
crime, water, infrastructure, trade and environmental issues, and
"try" to give a path length term.
"The relationship with the current government (U.S.) is great, it
does not mean that there is no conflict," said Ambassador Sarukhan.
Aware of the contradiction, explained that it is both one of the
worst has passed through the border relationship, reflecting security
issues, migration, and the perception among populations.
"If you look at public opinion in both Mexico and the United States,
they suggest that we live in one of the worst and most controversial
moments of the bilateral relationship. For obvious reasons: the issue
of illicit drug use in the United States, the issue of cash and
weapons crossing the U.S. border into Mexico.
"On the other hand, in the U.S., the issue of border violence and the
explosive and highly toxic debate on migration and the presence of 11
million people worldwide living without papers in the U.S., the way
colors that many Americans understand and relate to Mexico, "were the
words of Arturo Sarukhan in the auditorium Jesus Silva Herzog, the
Graduate School of Economics, UNAM, in his first visit to this
institution since taking office in February , 2007.
In the "heart" of the bilateral relationship is the security agenda,
and therefore Sarukhan talked about the vulnerability in the northern
border, which is "deepened following the decision to confront
transnational organized crime."
"For one thing Mexico is making an effort to combat organized crime,
which increasingly is involved in human trafficking as well. We need
the United States stop the flow of money and weapons crossing into
Mexico and gives organized crime in Mexico, the power of weapons and
corrupt ", presented to a select audience of no more than 200 people.
However, the representative of the Mexican State in the American
Union was very clear in stating the migration issue as the central
issue that impacts the bilateral relationship.
To Sarukhan, son of exrector Jose Sarukhan, who witnessed his speech,
"no two countries in the face of the Earth's most important to each
other," Mexico and the United States.
"It is incalculable the impact that these two nations have for the
welfare, prosperity and security of millions of Mexicans and
Americans on both sides of the border. Mexico now has 35 million
Mexican-Americans, 11 million of them Mexican and about 5 million,
undocumented living in the United States.
"On the other hand, the U.S. has the largest expatriate community
living outside its territory in our country, with 1.3 million. This
gives this relationship a fundamental relevance to daily life of
Mexicans and Americans, on both sides of our border. "
The ambassador was very emphatic that it is the task of both
countries reach a point of resolution on the subject, and has not
been a shortcoming of the Mexican government on immigration reform
stalled in the neighboring country.
"Anyone who believes that immigration reform is an issue that will
give the ability to lobbying or negotiation of the Mexican government
is smoking too much of what we are ensuring in Mexico," were his words.
This reform, he said, will be an internal resolution, bound to be an
issue "extremely polarizing, which unfortunately has been used by
xenophobic voices to stigmatize migrants and will have to face a
For Mexico, Sarukhan said there must be a decision that is unpopular
and that "generates a lot of polarization" in the country: you have
to understand that yes, that migration is a right, but you have to
migrate with papers and a point of crossing. The aim of the Mexican
state is that every citizen who travels abroad do so legally, find
mechanisms for anyone seeking a job opportunity abroad, do so in an
orderly, safe and full enjoyment of their rights. I tell the
Americans that Mexico's loss is your gain, "he said of the countrymen
who already emigrated.