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Secretary Clinton Speaks the, er, Truth

Clinton gives a maddening speech, full of omissions, on Latin America.

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Dan Miller

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May 21, 2011 - 12:18 am
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Maybe letting Honduras handle her own internal political affairs without the meddlesome interference of an Obama administration, far more secure in its own ideology than in knowledge of what was going on in Honduras, would have been displeasing to President Obama’s hardworking labor union members. Still, I guess Secretary Clinton can take great pride in the unrelenting efforts of the administration on behalf of Honduras.

Immigration

Now, the United States, I believe, is blessed to have one of the largest Spanish-speaking populations in the world. And Latinos are the fastest-growing group in our country. We are interdependent, and we have to deal with the real questions that interdependence poses. Take immigration, for example. I know that makes some people anxious, but it has long been a source of our vitality and our innovative spirit. And that’s why, as President Obama said yesterday in El Paso, we are committed to comprehensive immigration reform.

Note the omission of the word “illegal” in Secretary Clinton’s paean to the awesome benefits of immigration. It’s clearly not worth mentioning that “illegal” is the aspect of most current immigration that makes “some people anxious.” Maybe Mexico should do a bit more to help fix the problem; fixing is a specialty in Mexico as well as elsewhere in Latin America — not that the United States is a world class slacker:

The flow of migrants has increased markedly in the northern and northeastern parts of Mexico since U.S. officials increased security along the border in the northwestern part of the country.

Last month, the National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombudsman’s office, identified 71 cities in 16 of the country’s 32 states that are considered dangerous for Mexican and foreign migrants headed to the United States.

“Kidnappings, abuse, extortion, robberies and sexual attacks on migrants have been documented” in the 71 cities, the CNDH said in a statement.

An estimated 300,000 Central Americans and 400,000 Mexicans undertake the dangerous  journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.

Seven hundred thousand annually? Does that include folks previously deported from the United States? Catch (or don’t catch) and release helps?

“Upper management has advised supervisors to have agents ‘turn back South’ (TBS) the illegal aliens (aka bodies) they detect attempting to unlawfully enter the country … at times you even hear supervisors order the agents over the radio to ‘TBS’ the aliens instead of catching them,” one San Diego border agent wrote in an email to Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.

“This only causes more problems as the aliens, as you know, don’t just go back to Mexico and give up. They keep trying, sometimes without 10 minutes in-between attempts, to cross illegally,” continued the email, which was among a number of communications to Dever reviewed by FoxNews.com. “This makes the job for agents more dangerous. Not only are the aliens more defiant, they also begin to feel like they can get away with breaking our federal laws.”

Of course, Mexican President Calderon says he’s doing the best that can be done there, what with limited resources and all. He just needs a teensy weensy bit of help:

Although he said he was pleased that the immigration flow from his country had been reduced over the past decade, Calderon also said that emigration from his country will continue as long as Mexico cannot offer its people the job opportunities they deserve.

“We are focused on that,” he said during the meeting, at which more than 30 community leaders asked for aid for their countrymen in the areas of health care, education, and acquiring proper immigration documents.

“The job opportunities they deserve?” Well, they probably “deserve” them even more in the United States since she now enjoys the benefits of full employment and what not. Such bounty must, to be fair, be shared equitably with the rest of the world. This we know, ’cause President Obama tells us so. Little ones to him … oh, never mind.

Then, there is even worse illegality that transcends just being in the United States without jumping through statutorily mandated hoops. The Zeta gang and similarly violent fraternal organizations whose members murder and do other unpleasant stuff? Those who engage in human trafficking in furtherance of prostitution? No-go areas along the border? President Obama has been really into “gutsy” recently and the First Family could have a pleasantly gutsy vacation there. Perhaps President Obama could even get some helpful pointers in dealing with Congress:

The greatest impact on the U.S. side of the border, however, has not been publicized drug battles and dead bodies in the streets. It has been coercion, intimidation and plata o plumo, the dreaded choice offered by Mexican drug traffickers — silver or lead, the bribe or the bullet.

“Blessed to have” illegal immigration? Sort of like I’m blessed with arthritis and back problems to keep me from doing some of the things I once did and wish I could still do. That’s probably a blessing because some of them cost money and/or can be dangerous. Still, I’d argue that the curses outweigh the blessings. Nevertheless, President Obama and his loyal secretary of State are obviously in touch with the American people and we must all join in shouting, along with them, Win the Future. Or words to that effect.

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Dan Miller graduated from Yale University in 1963 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966. He retired from the practice of law in Washington, D.C., in 1996 and has lived in a rural area in Panama since 2002.
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