"This is the single most important issue in Mexico by far. Nothing else even approaches it."
The single most important issue? It's rather incredible for you to say that the single most important issue in your country is getting people out of it!
Castaneda also predicted that failure to reach an immigration accord will strengthen anti-Americans in Mexico:
"It will give voice to the very anti-U.S., very anti-democracy, very anti-globalization interests. It will give them something to point to."
How many times have we heard this tired line before?
When Vicente Fox was president of Mexico, we were told that we had to give him what he wanted on immigration or the anti-Americans would take over.
We didn't, Calderon won anyway, and Hugo Chavez was never on the verge of taking over Mexico anyway.
We shouldn't run our immigration policy to help or hinder political forces in Mexico. Let Mexicans choose their own leaders and make their own decisions , and let's run our own immigration policy.