Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) gave an eloquent and astute response to Pres. Calderon’s rude interference in a sovereign nation’s domestic issues while speaking to a joint session of Congress.
Congressman Tom McClintock Representing The 4th District of California M. Speaker:
I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today.
The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderons behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.
It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.
President Calderon gave a speech to a joint session of Congress this morning in which he slammed Arizona’s new immigration law. As expected, half of the room gaving him a standing ovation while the other half sat stone faced.
WASHINGTON — Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday strongly denounced Arizona’s new law clamping down on illegal immigrants and urged members of Congress to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.”
“I’m convinced comprehensive immigration reform is crucial to securing our border,” Calderon said in the first address to Congress by a foreign national leader this year. “But I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona.”
“It’s a law that not only ignores reality, but also introduces racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement,” he said.