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Last Updated: 11/01/2007Reader Responces
Re: Buildings Walls inthe Free World
Sorry, but having a border fence is not offensive. It's just a fence. Good fences make for good neighbors, right?
Seriously, there was fence that separated East and West Germany, right? Why shouldn't there be one separating Mexico from the US? Frankly, I'm surprised Mexico isn't happy that there's a fence preventing drunken gringo fratboys from invading the country every spring break.
Okay, all kidding aside. Doesn't Mexico have a brutal policy against illegal/undocumented immigrants from other parts of Latin American? In particular, aren't Mexican authorities known for their racist treatment of Indigenous American migrants (and natives of Mexicans)?
Every country has a right to protect its borders as it sees fit. Mexico's government claims a right to publish racist, anti-black stamps of its "beloved" sambo cartoon character and bristles at criticism from the US, right?
What really is wrong with a country defending its borders?
Re: Javier Solana’s dislike of walls between countries
I find this ironic. While I commend the EU's attitudes towards
open immigration, that attitude definitely does not exist among the majority of
Spanish citizens I've met. I'm studying in Madrid right now and believe me, the
racism towards immigrants is widespread and a little frightening. It's very
similar to the feelings of the loudest of the loonies in the US right now. I have many examples.. walking around with my Chinese friend always invites
comments. I went to the park with my host family, and when we reached an area
of the park where South American immigrant families were eating lunches and
playing with their kids they wanted to turn back. They explained to me that
these people used to congregate in such large numbers, that 'ni un espanol
podia pasar.' When spanish folks started complaining about the food carts that
people were setting up and the amount of immigrants in that area, the police
began scaring them off. To hear these reactions to families enjoying the park
is upsetting, but not surprising; just like we've seen on May Day in LA, a
bunch of brown people congregating anywhere scares the bejeesus out of
xenophobic citizens and the governments elected by them.