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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Lou Dobbs and the Mexican Presidential Election

Tonight, Lou Dobbs reported that Mexican nationals living here in the US will be allowed to vote in the upcoming Mexican Presidential Election this Sunday, and their votes will determine who becomes the next President. As many as 14 million Mexican nationals, both legal and illegal, will be eligible to vote. Read the transcript for yourself from the show (June 29, 2006).

DOBBS: Mexico holds its presidential election this coming Sunday. The government of Mexico has changed its election laws to create a new voting bloc within the United States. For the first time ever, expatriate Mexican citizens, including illegal aliens in this country, can vote in Mexico's presidential election. Lisa Sylvester reports.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)LISA SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Araceli Rodriguez has lived in the United States for seven years with his family. For the first time since she left Mexico, she's casting a ballot in the Mexican presidential election. A change in Mexico's law last year allows Mexicans living abroad to vote for their candidate of choice. Forty thousand are expected to participate.

ARACELI RODRIGUEZ, MEXICAN EXPATRIATE (through translator): I've decided to vote to support because it is my country, and to have a better future, and so I can choose my president.

SYLVESTER: Rodriguez is voting for the candidate she feels will bring the most economic stability to Mexico. Like many first- generation newcomers, she still has strong ties to her home country, sending money to family there.

ANDREW SELEE, WOODROW WILSON CENTER: It's the first generation of immigrants are often looking homeward. They may be engaged in issues in the United States, but often there's a great nostalgia for the countries they come from.

SYLVESTER: But the Federation for American Immigration Reform says therein lies the problem. FAIR argues the change in this year's election takes away an incentive for newly-arrived Mexicans to adopt U.S. culture and politics and creates divided loyalties. Mexicans can apply for dual citizenship, they can vote in the United States and now Mexican presidential elections. They can even run for office in both countries.

JACK MARTIN, FEDERATION for AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM: The large numbers of Mexicans who are maintaining their Mexican allegiance in the United States is inviting the Mexican government to medal in U.S. domestic affairs.

SYLVESTER: FAIR says it ultimately blurs the line of national sovereignty. Where does Mexico end and the United States begin? (END VIDEOTAPE)

SYLVESTER: And it is true that many American expatriates vote in U.S. elections from overseas, but FAIR says what is different here are the sheer numbers of eligible Mexican voters all concentrated in the United States, anywhere from four million to 10 million. And nowhere in the world, Lou, is there quite the same situation --

Lou. DOBBS: And it was interesting in your report the woman you profiled, both speaking Spanish and talking about her country, and referring to Mexico, not the United States. So she may be a newcomer, but it doesn't appear she wants to stay long.

SYLVESTER: Well, she also mentioned in there her president, and, of course, she wasn't referring to George W. Bush, she was referring to the president of Mexico.


Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mexican nationals living here in the US will be allowed to vote in the upcoming Mexican Presidential Election this Sunday, and their votes will determine who becomes the next President.

Just think what Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone could have done with that detail had he been inclined to political commentary!

Voters should have a vested interest in elections. Mexico is bypassing that significant detail.

Sat Jul 01, 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well remember the Mexican government believes that the Mexicans living here will eventually come back with their pockets lined with American dollars. Except that the illegals living here want to stay. I wouldn’t want to go back to Mexico either. Elections mean nothing when the drug cartels are the real power in Mexico.

Sat Jul 01, 05:34:00 PM  

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