The Mexican governors appear to be taking a proactive role in advance of the 2008 National elections in the United States, whereupon immigration is expected to pose a substantial and divisive issue affecting the lives of millions of Latinos who call the United States their home and who still maintain family connections in Mexico.
Despite support from most Democrats and the Bush administration, a bill that would have put many of the millions of illegal immigrants on a path toward citizenship while also bolstering border security was checkmated earlier this summer in the U.S. Senate.This development is viewed by the editors of BPblog as a Progressive, proactive opportunity to avert what some fear will become more heated as self-serving politicians exploit the issue to pander for votes among their covertly racist southern and southwestern base during the coming national elections in 2008. We recommend the same proactive approach here in West Texas as we stand on our pride as a diverse people -- Americans of every national origin, North and South, from across the length and breadth of these great conjoined continents - The Americas.
Proponents of the legislation were unable to sway Republican lawmakers who contended that the proposal amounted to another "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants, would encourage more illegal migration and not do enough to secure the frontier.
Speaking on behalf of all the visiting Mexican governors, Oliva Ramirez said he proposes that the United States adopt "a reciprocally beneficial policy based on respect."
Amalia Garcia Medina, the governor of Zacatecas, said that roughly half of all those with roots in her state are now living in the United States.
"For me it's essential to strengthen that link with Mexicans who generate wealth for the United States and who also contribute so much to their own country," referring to the remittances sent home by emigrants. -Ivan Mejia
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