Latin Leaders Object to EU Immigration Policy

Apparently the U.S. isn't alone in shamefully detaining suspected immigration policy violators.

Latin American leaders on Tuesday voiced their "deep rejection" of the immigration policy adopted recently by the European Union (EU).

Presidents of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) "member states and associate states reject any attempt to criminalize the irregular migration and the adoption of restrictive immigration policies, in particular against the most vulnerable sectors of society, namely, women and children," said a statement at issued Mercosur summit.

The EU policy goes into effect in 2010 and allows authorities to detain improperly or undocumented immigrants for up to 18 months before deporting them.[More...]

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner considered the new measure unacceptable which "takes us back to times of xenophobia that we thought were long behind us."

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compared the policy to the barrier being built by the United States along its southern border with Mexico, a "shameful" move as he called it. Perhaps Europeans want to follow the example of the United States and build a wall in the Atlantic Ocean," Chavez said.

A wall in the Atlantic Ocean...what a great image to show the absurdity of border fences.

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    This (4.00 / 1) (#8)
    by tek on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 03:39:25 PM EST
    is a topic that simply astounds me.  I think Democrats are also divided on this issue.  I know people want to get out of Latin America and I realize that first world countries have done some bad things in Latin America, but I don't understand how Latin Americans think they have the right to dictate other countries' immigration policy to suit their personal desires.  It's like saying "I want to come into your country and I don't want to have to go through any channels to do it.  So don't try to stop me."  

    There are many seriously dangerous effects from illegal immigration that range from health issues to criminal issues to the watering down of labor laws.  Why do illegals want to destroy unions and labor laws that will only hurt them if they do become citizens?  It seems very poorly thought out to me.

    I also don't understand why people in Latin America place all the blame for bad conditions on other governments.  Is is not true that if their own governments were responsible toward their own citizens then Latinos would not be fleeing their countries in droves?  They don't have any problem getting in the face of foreign governments of countries they want to enter, but I don't read articles about these same people standing up to their own governments and demanding more livable conditions.  In Mexico, even the president threatens the U. S. government to let Mexicans freely enter, but he doesn't say, well, I guess we really need to change some things here so people will want to live here.

    Then, when Hispanics arrive in the United States they have an active dislike for Americans whom they've been led to believe are lazy and worthless and have stolen their land.  They retain loyalty to their home country--especially Mexico--and criticize the United States as a monstrous society.  

    It doesn't seem like a workable situation to me.  It seems like people saying they want something someone else has and they're going to take it even if its not legal and they don't care what anyone thinks about their behavior.

    Would you please quit asking (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 04:01:17 PM EST
    all those hard questions??

    Don't you know there are no borders?


    Globalization.... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 01:57:37 PM EST
    and the world community only applies to currency and capital...human beings can go scratch.

    Venezuela's history on illegal immigration. (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 02:10:32 PM EST
    From wiki:
    There are hundreds of thousands, possibly even millions of Colombian immigrants living in Venezuela.[93] In 1995, Venezuela announced plans to conduct a census to locate and deport illegal immigrants. [...]
    From Migration News:
    Venezuelan soldiers rounded up abut 1,000 illegal Colombian immigrants in a border area, burned their homes and crops, and deported them to Colombia.
    From the Miami Herald:
    Illegal immigrants raising concerns in Latin America
    MiamiHerald.com ^ | 06/10/2007 | TYLER BRIDGES

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2007 5:42:59 PM by devane617

    LIMA -- Efforts to stem illegal immigrants from neighboring countries are increasing in parts of Latin America because of concerns, similar to those in the United States, that they drive down salaries and bring crime and violence with them.


    Driving the changes are concerns echoed in the current U.S. immigration debate: that undocumented workers take jobs from locals, raise the crime rate and drain tax dollars through their use of public school and health systems.

    In the same vein, business groups in the region have been opposing new laws that might limit uneducated, low-cost laborers from migrating to countries that need them -- just as in the United States.


    Undocumented Colombians in Venezuela have prompted concern there, said Raquel Alvarez, an immigration specialist at the University of the Andes in San Cristobal, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

    ''There's little anxiety that Colombians are taking the jobs of Venezuelans. They take jobs in sectors where there aren't enough Venezuelans, such as textiles or on farms,'' Alvarez said by telephone. ``The concern is that violent elements are crossing into Venezuela to commit killings and kidnappings.''

    Although in 2004, 4 years after he was elected, Chavez did allow some lessening of his country's militancy regarding illegal immigrants.

    Oops, "6 years after he was elected" (none / 0) (#3)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 02:17:46 PM EST
    if that makes any difference...

    Sarc: (none / 0) (#11)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 03:20:20 PM EST
    Excellent work.  However, I must point out that Chavez's campaign against illegals is to be ignored, after all, he is working for a greater socialism.

    Chile (none / 0) (#4)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 02:22:43 PM EST
    Chile expels 3 Montana fishing guides

    By The Associated Press - 03/15/08

    SANTIAGO, Chile � The government has ordered expelled from Chile three Montanans accused of working illegally with a tourist visa.

    The governor's office in the southern region of Aysen identified the U.S. citizens as Jason B. Newmack, Lance R. Gleason and Brent C. Taylor. All three are from Dillon, Mont.
    The three were illegally working as fishing guides in the region, according to a statement from the office of Gov. Silvia Moreno. They were ordered deported on Wednesday, governor's office spokesman Claudio Diaz told The Associated Press by telephone.

    accuses others of xenophobia:
    January 18, 1999

    Argentina plans crackdown on illegal immigrants

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) --

    The Argentine government on Monday defended a new bill to crack down on illegal immigration from  accusations that it was a dangerous response to rising crime and high unemployment in an election year.

    "Every country in the world tries to control illegal immigration," Interior Minister Carlos Corach told reporters.

    "I don't see why stopping people from entering the country illegally should be considered xenophobic."

    "The aim is to control illegal immigration, not against our Latin American brothers who come here legally to work," he said.

    Well done sarc.... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 02:43:30 PM EST
    Easy to pontificate about principles...living up to them is another matter.

    Or check out South Africa (none / 0) (#7)
    by Stellaaa on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 03:17:14 PM EST
    riots and burning of Rowanda's and Somalians.  

    Everyone does it.  

    There are Greek islands right now, where the illegal population being smuggled via Turkey, exceeds the population of the locals.  


    I (none / 0) (#10)
    by tek on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 05:40:00 PM EST
    should amend my comment by saying that the one story I did see in the news concerned Mexico where people voted for a liberal candidate and felt they had been robbed when the conservative candidate got the office.  They did march and the street and try to stand up to the federal officials, to no avail.

    The whole incident reminded me very much of what politics in America is turning into.