There’s something unnerving about Vicente Fox touring the US to lobby for a US immigration reform bill that will be a financial benefit his country.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Vicente Fox, on the eve of a visit to the United States to lobby for immigration reform, said on Monday legalizing the status of millions of Mexican workers is a question of justice.
Fox said he was optimistic about chances of winning comprehensive immigration reforms in the U.S. Congress, as a coalition of lawmakers pushes for an overhaul of immigration law in the Senate by the end of the week.
“This is an act of justice, an act that benefits both countries … an act that recognizes the enormous contribution that our countrywomen and countrymen make to the U.S. economy,” he said while touring energy projects in northern Mexico.
Every Mexican citizen who illegally crosses our border to work in the US is one fewer citizen the Mexican government has to support. Not only that, but those citizens then send money back to Mexico. Remittances ran about $1 billion in 2003, have increased to over $20 billion today, and are second only to the revenue from oil sales.
This will be a continual source of income for Mexico since 10% of the Mexican population now lives in the US. Any immigration reform that allows for a path to citizenship will only encourage other Mexicans to cross the border.