As written in this informative article in the AS/COA website, today’s meetings could “refocus the Obama administration’s message of “co-responsibility” in the bilateral fight against drug cartels.” Yet it’s possible that today’s summit may also help address areas like trade, economic affairs and immigration.
As we mentioned last week, Mexican legislators are considering a comprehensive immigration bill that would grant more rights to immigrants both legal and undocumented. This stands in sharp contrast to several state initiatives across the border in the U.S. that seeks to restrict illegal immigration. In Texas, for instance, legislators are considering whether to permit local law enforcement officers to act as federal immigration agents. Other proposals would place a surcharge on remittances to Mexico, which could make a dent on a significant source of income for some Mexican families. Another idea is raising eyebrows for its unique stance on employers who hire undocumented migrants:
As proposed, House Bill 1202 would create tough state punishments for those who "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly" hire an unauthorized immigrant. Violators could face up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.While today’s summit between the U.S. and Mexican presidents is a step in the right direction it will take more than meeting to tackle the many topics between the neighboring states.
But it is an exception included in the bill that is drawing attention. Those who hire unauthorized immigrants would be in violation of the law -- unless they are hiring a maid, a lawn caretaker or another houseworker.
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Online Sources- CNN, The Latin Americanist, AS/COA Online