I read one of the more outrageous quotes I have ever read today. At a meeting in Mexico City to discuss immigration and guest worker programs, Reuben Aguilar, Pres. Vincente Fox's spokesman said:
"migrants don't emigrate because they lack work, but rather for a series of other reasons, cultural reasons or better living conditions."You can't make this stuff up. This is Onion-esque. Why doesn't Vicente Fox just ask for Congress to pass a special "Mexico Tax" that would levy $.01 on all minimum wage labor? That way Mexico could just get its money without all the people coming here, right? Let's turn this around and imagine the following discussion.
"Please tell us about President Bush's new guest worker program targeting Canada."Scott McClellan, White House Press Secretary:
"President Bush feels that Canada needs to do a better job accomodating those who are choosing to emigrate to Canada."Canadian journalist:
"But aren't these illegal immigrants just looking for jobs because of the high unemployment rate in the United States?"Scott McClellan:
"Not at all. This isn't a job issue. The people emigrating to Canada are really looking for a new culture experience and some great weather. I resent the implication that we can't take care of our own in the United States."