Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wolf Blitzer's shocking interview with President Calderón

Wolf Blitzer of CNN had an interview with Mexican President Felipe Calderón. He asked some surprising questions and President Calderón had some hypocritical answers. What's shocking is that President Calderón was so truthful. Here's the transcript. The interesting portion is here (emphasis mine):
BLITZER: After president Calderón's visit to the White House, he came right here to THE SITUATION ROOM for an exclusive interview. This is his only television interview during his state visit to Washington.

I asked him, what's wrong with the folks in Arizona wanting to protect their border?

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

PRES. FELIPE CALDERON, MEXICO: That is not exactly the problem. I fully respect the right of any nation to establish the legislation that that nation wants -- or their people -- and, of course, the right of any nation to enforce the law and protect their own borders.

But the problem is first that we need to -- to face this challenge in a comprehensive way as President Obama says. And that implies to recognize the rights and the contribution of the people to the growth of this great nation.

But, on the other hand, and in particular, in Arizona, there is some racial profiling criteria in order to enforce the law that it is against any sense of human rights and, of course, is provoking a very disappointing things -- or a very disappointing opinion in Mexico and around the world, even here, in America.
Of course, President Calderón either hasn't read the law or is deliberately lying, as pointed out in a previous post when President Obama and his staff said similar things. Blitzer pointed that out and Calderón simply deflected.

[snip]
BLITZER: All right. Let's talk a little bit about Mexico's laws. I read an article in "The Washington Times" the other day. I'm going to read a paragraph to you and you tell me if this is true or not true. This is from "The Washington Times": "Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to reenter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals."

Is that true?

CALDERON: It was true, but it is not anymore. We derogate or we erased that part of the law. Actually, the legal immigration is not a -- is not a crime in Mexico. Not anymore, since one year ago. And that is the reason why we are trying to establish our own comprehensive public policy talking about, for instance, immigrants coming from Central America...

BLITZER: So if...

CALDERON: -- (INAUDIBLE).

BLITZER: So if people want to come from Guatemala or Honduras or El Salvador or Nicaragua, they want to just come into Mexico, they can just walk in?

CALDERON: No. They need to fulfill a form. They need to establish their right name. We analyze if they have not a criminal precedent. And they coming into Mexico. Actually...

BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?

CALDERON: Of course. Of course, in the border, we are asking the people, who are you?

And if they explain...

BLITZER: At the border, I understand, when they come in.

CALDERON: Yes.

BLITZER: But once they're in...

CALDERON: But not -- but not in -- if -- once they are inside the -- inside the country, what the Mexican police do is, of course, enforce the law. But by any means, immigration is a crime anymore in Mexico.

BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you're saying?

CALDERON: It's not a crime.

BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job...

CALDERON: No, no.

BLITZER: They can work.

CALDERON: If -- if somebody do that without permission, we send back -- we send back them.

BLITZER: You find them and you send them back?

CALDERON: Yes. However, especially with the people of Guatemala, we are providing a new system in which any single citizen from Guatemala could be able to visit any single border (INAUDIBLE) in the south. And even with all the requirements, he can or she can visit any parts of Mexico.
President Calderón is admitting his country, like just about every other country on earth, will check to see if you're legally present there. He tries to make it sound like they're very tolerant and only check papers at the border. If you've traveled in Mexico, you know that's not true. They will check your status before providing any service to you, even taking a police report. If you're an illegal alien, they don't care about what you're trying to report, they arrest you. They have checkpoints in the interior of the country where there aren't polite border agents asking politely to see your license and registration, but military squads stopping you at the point of machine guns.

Every time he's asked, President Calderón speaks plainly and truthfully: if you want to be in Mexico, you must have proper documentation, and you'll be asked to show it, or you'll be arrested and deported.

No rational country would do less to protect its culture and prevent the theft of taxpayer-supported services by those not entitled to them.

Update: For those who would like the video, here is the relevant section:



If you'd like to see the full interview, it is here:

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