Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has deployed the Texas National Guard on the Mexican border, doing the job the federal government was unable, or refused, to do.
Governor Perry, concerned with the safety of his citizens, has criticized border security and suggested that Islamic terrorists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico.
This was not a surprise move. Governor Perry announced last July that he would secure the border by sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
Most of the 63,000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who have arrived in the United States since last October entered the country crossing the 1,200-mile boundary between Texas and
The decision to deploy National Guard troops has drawn the ire of Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who was prompt, willing and ready to criticize Governor Perry with harsh words, calling his decision “unpleasant” and “reprehensible.”
Reprehensible? Did he say reprehensible? I am almost sure that the illustrious, honorable, distinguished president of Mexico, Mr. Peña Nieto, is well aware that reprehensible is a synonym for wrong, condemnable, criminal, deplorable and vicious, exactly what his administration is doing to our honorable Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been wrongfully incarcerated in a Mexican prison since May 2014.
As far as I am concerned, Mr. Peña Nieto has not raised a voice on behalf of Sgt. Tahmooressi and he has the audacity to speak about the imposition of discriminatory measures targeting undocumented immigrants? What does his country do with undocumented immigrants (such as Cubans) when they arrive in Mexico, looking for freedom
because they fear for their lives?
Those people don’t even have a chance; they are immediately deported and sent back to a death sentence.
In an interview with a Mexican newspaper a few days ago, Mr. Peña Nieto said that Texas’ move could affect bilateral relations. Mr. Peña Nieto expressed the opinion that “Most immigrants crossing our national territory, especially unaccompanied children, are coming from Central America. We are trying to address their needs and return them
to their homes. But those who make it to the border should be treated with dignity.”
Dignity is not what Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has received from Mexican authorities.
This man has the audacity to come into public forums and claim that domestic security in Mexico is impressive since December 1, 2012, without a doubt because there is much less violence today than they were facing two years ago.
In May 2013, a band of armed individuals boarded a train carrying as many as 500 migrants and demanded payment; more than 16 migrants were injured as a result. Is this what he calls treating people with dignity? How can this man explain that homicides under his administration far exceed those of his predecessor, Felipe Calderon?
Continuing with his criticism of Texas Governor Rick Perry, Peña Nieto said: “The militarizing of the border policy is completely unacceptable and it does not embody the spirit of cordiality and friendship between two nations.”
Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Cordiality is a behavior that is friendly, but formal and polite.
Demanding rights in someone else’s home is called abuse. During his presidential campaign he promised the Mexican people he would reinvigorate Mexico’s economy. He promised them a new Mexico, an economic powerhouse far from its image as a violence-torn land overrun by drug traffickers.
He failed his countrymen with false promises. If he had kept his promise of a better economy, his countrymen wouldn’t have to look for better opportunities in other lands.
It is time for Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, as president, to take the reigns of Mexico and give his people a better life instead of
criticizing Governor Rick Perry — demanding dignity that he doesn’t afford his own people — for his decision to protect Texas, his people and his homeland.
With the exception of California Governor Jerry Brown, governors of Arizona and New Mexico, Jan Brewer and Susana Martinez, respectively, would do a great service to the Mexican people and everybody else from Central America by following the example of Texas Governor Rick Perry by deploying their National Guard to their borders and teaching
presidents Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico; Salvador Sanchez Cerén, El Salvador; Otto Perez Molina, Guatemala; and Juan Orlando Hernandez, Honduras, how to be presidents of their own nations and how to protect, feed and dress their own citizens.
Maybe that way their countrymen won’t need to use the assistance of Spanish networks such as Univision and TeleMundo to complain that their rooms are cold and their food is not properly cooked.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.