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Mexico’s President addresses immigration reform

Mexican President Vicente Fox talked about U.S. immigration reform during a visit to Tijuana's largest maquiladora Thursday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Fox wore a white cowboy hat as he shook hands with factory workers outside the Plamex Factory. During a tour of the facility, the Mexican president spoke to workers about the U.S.-lead effort to overhaul immigration policies. Fox says the American people and the U.S. government need to treat Mexico with dignity.

He says, "he people of the United States need to respect the people of Mexico. Do not look down on us. And do not discriminate against us."

Fox says he wants to work with the U.S. Government in drafting an immigration program that makes sense. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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HarryStreet | April 7, 2011 at 5:28 p.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

It's the class-orientated society of Mexicans who look down on Mexicans. In Mexico you have two groups of people (the ones who have it, and the ones who don't). The ones who have it do NOT want to share it and they are the ones who treat their fellow countrymen and women with a lack of respect and dignity.

On my visits to Mexico I was stunned at how they talk to people who work for them, serve them, and try to earn a living. When I've addressed this with the people of Mexico they simply reply, "This is the way it's always been!"

Yes, there are Americans who mistreat illegal immigrants, but remember the treatment from their countrymen and women is much worse. I know people who have seen Mexican border agents in the south of Mexico brand illegal immigrants crossing into Mexico, throwing them back into the river despite pleas that they can't swim. None of the mistreatment upon our fellow man and woman is acceptable.

But I wonder if Vicente Fox realizes who is actually running Mexico? Isn't it Mexicans? Mexico is hundreds of years older than the US and yet they are considered a Third World country. Why is that? What's more, who is responsible? Mexicans perhaps?

Yes, the US should help Mexico, but we should help people all over the world too. But before any of our help will make a difference, Mexico will have to learn to help itself first. They will have to treat each other with respect and dignity. It starts in their homes, and on to the workplace. Look how they pay employees. How many government officials leave office rich. 45 million Mexicans of the 110 million live in poverty. Who is at fault here?

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