Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed a joint session of Congress this morning. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Mexican Pres. Felipe Calderon has a lot of nerve coming to this country and complaining about Arizona's immigration law - when all the state wants to do is protect itself against a flood of illegal immigrants from his country.
But instead - Calderon and Pres. Obama are both whining about the Arizona law. Calderon, who also took his message to a joint meeting of Congress, is calling the law discriminatory.
As for President Obama, he says he wants a federal fix to the immigration crisis in this country - which would have to come from the same federal government that has refused for decades to enforce laws already on the books. It's patently absurd. Pres. Obama complains about Arizona trying to do something about a problem he - Pres. Obama - and the federal government have created and choose to ignore.
And with all this criticism of Arizona coming from Presidents Obama and Calderon, the Justice Department, the Homeland Security department - our government officials, like Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano can't even be bothered to read the law they're criticizing.
If they did, they'd find out that parts of the law are word-for-word the same as the federal statutes on immigration. But the only thing that matters to the administration is pandering to Latinos ahead of the midterm elections.
Felipe Calderon should spend his time trying to create opportunities for his own citizens so they aren't driven by poverty and desperation to sneak into this country illegally. This country doesn't meddle in Mexico's internal affairs, Pres. calderon, and you ought to keep out of ours. Our border security is quite frankly none of your business.
Here’s my question to you: Does Mexico have a right to complain about Arizona's immigration law?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Wow, you're my new hero! I almost agree with you. Mexico can complain about Arizona's immigration law provided they also explain their immigration policy and explain how they treat illegals coming north across their border.
Mexico has no right to interfere in our country's business. The president of Mexico has insulted the American people, especially those in Arizona who are fighting for their lives against the drug cartels from Mexico and an invasion of illegals. And to top that off, our own president sides with him against the American people. Our president's allegiance is to his country no matter what. You don't insult your own people.
Ivan in Brazil writes:
In my country, all of us – ALL of us – are required to carry a proper ID at all times. And our police are entitled to check anyone at any given time for his or her ID. Failure to provide such ID may lead to a free trip to the nearest police precinct, from where such person is only allowed to leave after proper identification is supplied. Driving a car down here without having your driver's license with you may lead to even worse consequences, like having your car impounded plus a fine. Mexico is making a fuss about nothing.
If your family had ever been on the other side of a police officer abusing their authority, you would understand what is wrong with the Arizona law. Felipe Calderon struck me as sincere and gutsy, he made me feel much better about both countries solving our common problems together.
Kat in Texas writes:
Really? No, he does not. He has a lot of nerve acting like the illegals living here are owed something.... They are not. I see his hand was stuck out again asking for more money – once again just like the illegals.
Jack, Jack, Jack. You're starting to sound like a rightwing nut! Congratulations, it's about time!