Mexico Reform Plan Eyes Voters, Campaigns in U.S.
EFL Rooters from Worldwire
This whole concept baffles me. It looks like Fox is calling for his own regime change through this initiative.
MEXICO CITY - President Vicente Fox is crafting a bill that would allow absentee voting by Mexicoâs 10 million citizens living abroad, a move that could push Mexican election campaigns across the border into the United States.
Under current rules, Mexicans can only vote inside the country, a requirement that effectively disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of expatriates, many of them undocumented workers in the United States. It forces those who want to vote to pay for trips home and, for illegals, to undertake potentially dangerous efforts to sneak across the border.
Foxâs bill could change that, granting a long-sought political right to a migrant community that sends about $1 billion home to Mexico every month.
U.S. cities like Los Angeles and Chicago with large Mexican populations could see Mexican politicians flying in for stump speeches and putting up political billboards in Spanish.
But with the measure needing approval from Congress, Mexicoâs parties are likely to do some old-fashioned politicking before deciding whether or not to back it.
With the status quo, money flows into Mexico without the contamination of ideas. Mexican workers in the US (green card or other) send huge amounts of cash to their families and just worry about the next dayâs work and whether the family can afford to get Grandma hip replacement surgery in San Antonio.
Now Vincente is going to enfranchise a large number of voters that have contaminated by capitalist ideas and might want life in Mexico to be more like it is in the US. Sounds like a bad plan to me.
Posted by: Super Hose 2003-10-22