Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made it clear in recent weeks that he is not going to wait for federal assistance before working to secure his state’s border with Mexico.
He recently proposed a plan that would put as many as 1,000 Texas National Guard members along the border, specifically near the most vulnerable portion of the Rio Grande Valley. While his plan is has received praise from Americans fed up with the Obama administration’s unwillingness to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, those on the Mexican side of the border are notably less receptive to the idea.
A recent statement from the office of Mexico’s foreign relations secretariat ridiculed this and other anti-amnesty suggestions.
“Attention to the immigration phenomenon must be paid from a long-term regional perspective and based on the principles of good neighborliness and shared responsibility.”
The statement suggested the U.S., as the destination of unaccompanied minors from Central America, should bear the burden of caring for them once across the border. Of course, as Perry has noted, his belief in a secure border is not based simply on the best interest of Americans but on a duty to protect children making a long and dangerous journey from their nations of origin.
Nevertheless, the Mexican government suggested anything less than amnesty for these young illegals amounts to the exploitation of the “most vulnerable” among us.