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Mexico Overrun by … Mexicans?

All over the news is the relatively recent Arizona law

which proponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have called it an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status. (nytimes.com)

A preliminary injunction against enforcement of the law was issued by Judge Susan Bolton of the Federal District Court just days before 1200 National Guard troops were sent to the border to assist, as a result of the federal government suing Arizona. The law has …

… renewed calls for an overhaul of federal immigration law and led to repeated rebukes of it from President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who maintained that immigration policy is under the purview of the federal government, not individual states. The Mexican government, joined by seven other Latin American nations, supported one of the lawsuits against the law; the attorneys general of several states backed Arizona. (nytimes.com)

This becomes interesting when considering a recently recirculating spam massage attempting to push home the irony …

The shoe is on the other foot and the Mexicans from the State of Sonora, Mexico doesn’t like it. Can you believe the nerve of these people? It’s almost funny. The State of Sonora is angry at the influx of Mexicans into Mexico. Nine state legislators from the Mexican State of Sonora traveled to Tucson to complain about Arizona’s new employer crackdown on illegals from Mexico …

Unfortunately, the actual delegation visit was in January 2008 and does not concern the new immigration law (SB1070) which was signed into effect on 23 April 2010. (snopes.com)

It was a nice try by those rabid few looking to get frothy about something.

Day 3: Grand Canyon

We got up at the, of course, usual hour of 4:30 AM to get ready to meet the tour bus to make it up to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. A small shuttle arrived to pick up folks from various hotels and take us to the quite nice touring bus in which we made our way, first to the Hoover Dam (for a peek from afar) and then to several stops in the canyon area. The whole thing was absolutely breathtaking. I had never imagined it would be so amazing (it was oddly my first time). The joshua trees, the agave, the rocks, the sky, the river – incredible. Looking over the precipice was quite difficult.

Our first stop was Eagle Point, which was interesting for a short time, but we were left there for two hours. To be clear, the temperature was -5 celcius. To be more clear, the place can be walked around in 20 minutes. To be enlightened, there is a gift shop there manned by pushy sales indians. Yes, this is their only income, but for an expensive tour to dump you off in freezing weather, drive the bus away for some vaguely indeterminate amount of time at a place with nothing much but a gift shop is … worthy of an Illinois governor. The group was supposed to be for all ages and no information was given about nececary preparation. There were some older people there who were dressed for going on a tour (like on a heated bus with some brief hop out and take a picture type things), not a trek through the tundra. Yes, when the bus returned they boarded wearing quite a few oddly new winter clothing items which susupiciously bore the logo of the place. I heard one of wail to her friend “oh thank god, we are saved!”