18 May 2006
U.S. to use troops to stop Mexican migrants
The Americans are going to use National Guard troops to try and stem the flow of illegal migrants into the USA from Mexico. The Mexican government has threatened to sue the Americans if any migrant is arrested by those troops.
This idea seems very, very dubious. The Mexican government has a legitimate interest in seeking to protect its citizens, but how the Americans defend their border is a matter for them. Mexico refused to support the American war against Iraq by citing the principle of non-interference in other countries' sovereign affairs: now the Mexicans are threatening to break that principle by telling the USA how to behave within its own borders.
Furthermore, the Mexican record on the country's southern border is hardly one that will stand too close an inspection. Mexican troops are used to guard the border with Guatemala and there are constant allegations of robbery, rape and other assaults committed by those security forces on migrants from the south. The last thing Mexico wants - but probably deserves to get - is a CNN television crew inspecting that southern border.