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Mexico Is Neither
A Good Neighbor
Nor A Friend



To:  president@whitehouse.gov
CC:  vice.president@whitehouse.gov
From:  tim   tmrich@c2i2.com
Date:  Mon, 09 Dec 2002 13:55:38 -0700
Subject:  U.S. - Mexico


December 9, 2002

George W. Bush
President of the United States


Dear Mr. President.

First let me say this is not about Americans and Mexicans, it is about the United State and Mexico.

I have been reading in recent newspaper articles that Mexico's Consulate General, in Phoenix, has been attending a number of forums and the recent Arizona Town Hall. I am wondering why someone, such as the U.S. Secretary of State, is not also attending these gatherings since many of their subjects concern matters of State. I will bet that somewhere down the road President Fox or a top Mexican Department of State official will reference what the American's have been saying at these meetings to justify something else they want.

In fact representation at the border by the U.S. Department of State has been conspicuously absent. How do they really know of OUR problems if not even to new Ambassador to Mexico comes to talk with us?

Mexico is neither a good neighbor nor a friend.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend fifty percent of the people crossing the border would not be Other Than Mexican.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend they would be offering to pickup at least part of the medical expenses for their nationals in this country. It's the people who are poor not the country. There have been hundreds of millions of dollars identified in off-shore accounts held by former Mexican officials.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend they would graciously accept or reject offers of kindness and help. Not try to make a buck from acts of friendship. Recently in Texas school children had to physically carry donated used school desks across the border to avoid an import duty.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend tons and tons of drugs, and other contraband, would not be crossing our border.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend people in Agua Prieta would not line the international fence and throw rocks at Americans and American vehicles.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend the Mexican Army would stay on their side of the border and would not shoot illegal immigrants on the U.S. side, nor shoot out the windows of Border Patrol vehicles nor be escorting people through the drainage tunnels of Nogales nor kill Park Rangers.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend they would make their citizens with non-life threatening medical problems use hospitals and clinics in Mexico. They would offer to bring home all the people on dialysis.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend you would not be able to easily buy forged documents in border cities.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend they would be encouraging their people to come home and make a better Mexico. At the very least encouraging them to leave the family at home.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend they would show some type of compassion, instead of disdain and contempt, for the average American's cost of the illegal migration. Without illegal immigration my State income tax would be considerably less. Without illegal immigration my Federal income tax would be considerably less. Without illegal immigration special taxes would not be necessary to cover the costs. Without illegal immigration my property tax would be less. Without illegal immigration my school taxes would be less. Cut my taxes and I will gladly pay double for tomatoes, they are coming from Mexico anyway.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend we would not be hearing from the President of Mexcio that the Mexican people crossing the border are not a threat. If they are not a threat why is there a $100 million incarceration cost for illegal immigrants? If they are not why is the rate of TB going up in Phoenix. If they are not why were there 8 wild fires attributed to them last fire season?

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend we would not be hearing propaganda that the migrants are just taking jobs that Americans don't want. Two articles today contained interviews with people, in Agua Prieta waiting to cross, that are coming to work construction, not a single one to pick crops. This is why high school graduates unable to afford college, or college students not on scholarship cannot find jobs other than fast food. And why there are not living wage jobs to point welfare recipients to.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend their fishermen and disgruntled electric customers would not be able to hold Americans and American businesses hostage.

If Mexico were a good neighbor and friend they would contain their own vigilantes before pointing the finger at the U.S. Their vigilantes are actually killing people and causing changes in the law enforcement departments rather than being arrested.

Lets take the $6 million dollars, reported yesterday, for building 177 checkpoints in Afghanistan and build them on U.S. highways close to the Mexican border. I personally don't care how secure the Afgans are as long as my family is not safe on U.S. soil.

The current and incoming Governors of Arizona have said they do not want to put the National Guard on the border because it would militarize it. Too late. The Mexican Army is already there. The INS policy for the Border Patrol is to retreat rather than engage if they come upon the Mexican Army in the U.S.

I felt safer in Phu Bai, Vitenam, 10 miles from the DMZ and safer in South Korea not many air miles from the DMZ. In Vietnam the U.S. government issued me a rifle, issued me bullets, issued me claymore mines and issued me a .30 Cal machine gun and told me to keep the border secure. I had a total of 31 years in the military and now if I wear a sidearm on my property I am called a vigilante, a threat and intimidator of the illegal aliens who leave live ammunition on my property, ransack my travel trailer and cut my fences.

Tim Richardson

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