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Mexico: Hitting Us Where it Hurts



Largely unnoticed in all the sturm und drang that has marked the immigration debate was this item from the Washington Times. Frustrated by its seeming inability to sway the debate, Mexico has resorted to desperate tactics.

Last month, Mexico Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez told a Mexico City radio station that if US National Guard troops along the border became directly involved in detaining immigrants, that they would "immediately start filing lawsuits through our consulates."

Ouch!

Sad but true -- the Mexicans have found the Achilles' heel in the US economic system, the Spock-like pressure point that'll bring us to our knees. Isn't there a WTO complaint we can file for unfair trade practices or something? Hey -- how 'bout we send a bunch of lawyers to Mexico, to do the work that Mexicans won't do -- like litigating?

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.