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Mexican president should stay focused south of border | RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR.

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As an American Mexican, I have spent my whole life wandering the “in between”.

Growing up in the farmlands of the Central Valley of California, I was considered “Mexican”. But when I ventured to Mexico, I was an “American”. I often feel like a man without a country.

But not without hard feelings. I have a lot resentment towards Mexico – about a century, in fact. During the Mexican Revolution, the country’s economic system of haves and have-nots had nothing to offer a poor, dark-skinned, undereducated 8-year-old boy and his Chihuahua family. The migrants entered the United States legally and started a new life.

This boy was my grandfather, Roman, and everything he and my Texas born grandmother, Esperanza, accomplished in the life they shared in New Mexico and later in California, has been accomplished. thanks to their hard work and the generosity of the United States.

For the past 25 years, the Mexican government has attempted to snuggle up with Mexican Americans. The old country is looking for new investments and the possibility of leveraging the relations of paisanos who were born and raised on this side of the border.

No sale. Just as Mexico once had no use for my grandfather, now I have no use for Mexico. As an American Mexican, I bleed in red, white, and blue. I love my country, even when it doesn’t love me back.

As such, it is a safe bet that whoever the president of Mexico, hombre will – sooner or later – get on my nerves.

With the current incumbent, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, it was earlier. My breaking point was recently when AMLO threatened to personally “challenge” US members of Congress who vote against immigration reform.

Over the past several months, Democrats have attempted to introduce a pinch of reform – what we might call “lean reform” – into various pieces of legislation. The measures range from President Joe Biden’s recently enacted $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to the even more ambitious $ 1.75 trillion White House Build Back Better plan, which would fund control efforts. against climate change and strengthen the country’s social safety net.

Among the glitches is a provision that would grant work permits to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least a decade and protect those people from deportation for up to 10 years.

Congress owes the country a permanent solution to our broken immigration system. It’s not that. It’s just a bandage on a gaping wound.

Nonetheless, AMLO thinks it is a good idea. He is right. It’s a good idea. But what the Mexican president lacks is that no one on this side of the border cares what he thinks about anything, especially immigration.

He addressed the issue at a press conference in Mexico before meeting with Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the North American Leaders’ Summit at the White House on November 18.

“If the lawmakers of a party block this initiative, we will call them later in a respectful way,” he warned. “We will let it be known from here that party lawmakers failed to help something fair and humanitarian.”

AMLO was careful to pay attention to his manners on American soil. He told Mexican media he would not repeat the threat against US lawmakers – which was reported by the Mexican daily Reforma – while he was in the United States “out of respect for the sovereignty of this country.”

A bit of respect. AMLO has a lot of nerve to teach Americans how to take care of the same people his country pushed north because he refused to make room for them in the Mexican economy – an economy that tends to make the rich. richer and the poor more desperate.

During the press conference in Mexico, AMLO also asked Congress to consider the contributions and influence of Mexicans in the United States.

“American lawmakers must not forget and our migrant brethren must be aware that there are 38 million Mexicans in the United States,” he said.

The only way for AMLO to reach “38 million Mexicans” in the United States is by counting the millions of Mexican-Americans who live here – people like me. And we don’t take our marching orders from him.

If AMLO is to protect the rights of Mexicans, and make sure they have more opportunities, it’s time to do all of this before they leave Mexico.

Ruben Navarrette’s email address is [email protected] His podcast, “Ruben in the Center,” is available in all podcast apps.