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Raid By Mexico

To:  "U.S., Atty Gen" ([email protected])
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
From:  tim   [email protected]
Date:  Sun, 29 Dec 2002 06:29:04 -0700
Subject:  Raid by Mexico

Attorney General of the United States
John Ashcroft

Dear Attorney General Ashcroft;

Below is an article from the Arizona Daily Star.

To me it begs the question of why the President of Mexico would form a council, with himself as chair, of 100 human/civil/immigration rights lawyers (for free?) who are U.S. citizens and already involved. Tucson Arizona has been shown to be the parking place for the fortunes of the rich Sonoran, Mexico, politicos.

To me the answer is clear. President Fox intends to raid the U.S. and Border States treasuries and put the court systems in grid lock with a series of coordinated law suits. Get the Assistant U.S. Attorneys and States' Attorney Generals tied up in human/civil/immigration issues and not have time to peruse the criminal activities associated with illegal immigration or deporting the illegal immigrants. To make as many levels of government as possible gun shy about perusing illegal immigration.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Border States Attorney General offices had better be prepared to hire a lot of people or give up fighting crime.

Tim Richardson


Local lawyers on 100-member Mexico council
They'll represent legal and illegal U.S. immigrants

By Tim Steller

Two local attorneys will form part of a 100-member council created by Mexico's government to represent Mexicans living in the United States.

Isabel Garcia and Jose Lerma will be among the council members, all of whom are U.S. residents. Their main duty: to advise the Mexican government on the needs of its approximately 9.5 million native sons and daughters in this country.

The council's formation raises a broader question underlying the faltering U.S.-Mexican negotiations over immigration: Who should represent the estimated 4.5 million Mexican-born residents of the United States here illegally, and the approximately 5 million here legally.

Critics say the council looks like a representative branch of Mexico's government on U.S. soil. Seats were distributed in proportion to the concentrations of Mexican-national population across the United States, but members were not chosen by election.

"I think in general what the Mexican government wants is a joint sovereignty with the United States over Mexican nationals living in this country," said Steven Camarota, research director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C., group that favors restricting immigration.

But Mexico's consul in Tucson, Carlos Flores Vizcarra, said that his government's intent in forming the council is not to create a new U.S. branch.

"It isn't a House of Representatives. It isn't a parliamentary assembly. But it is a representative entity and, therefore, will certainly voice the concerns of the Mexicans who are here," Flores Vizcarra said.

Candido Morales, director of the Mexican government's Institute of Mexicans Abroad, said the group is expected "to tell us what government programs that are targeted to their benefit in the United States are working, and which ones are not."

An example, Morales said, would be the Mexican government's literacy program, which provides books to Mexican communities in the United States. Also, groups like Arizona's Yaquis could petition the council for help getting permission to cross the border with donated materials for the Yaquis in Sonora.

The council will be chaired by President Vicente Fox and will have a committee of representatives from Mexico's government ministries, Flores Vizcarra said. These people will serve as the council members' contacts for solving problems.

Council members were selected by Mexico's consulates. In Tucson, Flores Vizcarra convened a committee of people involved with Mexico, and they selected Garcia, who is the Pima County legal defender and a well-known activist for immigrant rights.

"Our hope is just that we can better the situation for Mexicanos here," Garcia said. "I'm not a member of this organization to stand for the government of Mexico. What we stand for are the rights of all human beings - and that's Mexicanos included."

Lerma, a former Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge, lives in Nogales but works primarily in Tucson. He said he plans to set priorities after the group holds its first meeting in Mexico City.

Glenn Spencer, an anti-illegal-immigration activist, said he views the formation of the council as an attempt by Mexico to advance its power in the United States. Spencer, founder of a Sierra Vista-based group called American Border Patrol, calls the new group a "colonization council" and its members "a group of Mexican agents."

Spencer linked its formation to the ongoing effort to establish a system whereby Mexican residents of the United States can vote as absentees in Mexican elections. Mexico's Congress is considering proposals to grant such voting rights, including one that would form a Mexican congressional district encompassing the United States.

Others offer more benign explanations for why Mexican residents of the United States would want representation, or even a vote, in Mexico.

Antonio Gonzalez spends his days promoting Latino participation in U.S. elections as president of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, but he doesn't resent Mexico's efforts on behalf of its U.S.-resident nationals.

Since the United States is not offering them voting rights, it's understandable that they would choose representation in Mexico over no representation at all, he said. "I think that if they can't have one, they should have the other," Gonzalez said.

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