While it should come as no surprise that Mexico's new president
favors Barack Obama's efforts to provide U.S. amnesty to millions
of Mexican citizens, an immigration reform organization says it's
not good news for either country.
On December 1, Enrique Pena Nieto became Mexico's new president.
The week before taking office, Nieto met with his American
counterpart to extend his support for Barack Obama's amnesty plan,
pledging his cooperation on border security and promising efforts
to reduce violence in his country.
But Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for
American Immigration Reform (FAIR), does not
believe Mexico's president wants to take care of his own
"The Mexican government's
interest is to send their unemployed, underemployed, unhappy people
to the United States, allow us to provide for their needs, provide
jobs for them, while in return Mexico receives billions of dollars
every year in remittances," he tells OneNewsNow. "It certainly
makes sense for the ruling regime in Mexico to support this."
But as the FAIR spokesman notes, that does not make much
sense for the Mexican people, because it does not serve their best
"What really is in the long-term interest of the country of
Mexico is political, social and economic reform -- and that's
never going to happen as long as there is no incentive for them to
ever make the kind of reforms that are necessary there," he
contends. "But it is up to our government to represent the
interests of the United States, and that is where the failure has
Mehlman adds that has been the case with both Democratic and