Something new will be happening in LA this year on Labor Day. Due to a new law that was passed last month that grants the right for Mexicans who live
abroad the right to mail in their votes, Los Angeles will be host to a number of Mexican Presidential hopefuls to kick off their campaigns. There is
an estimated 10 million Mexican nationals that are living in the US today; one third of them will be eligible to cast their votes in this election.
Presidential hopefuls are looking to address the concerns of a largely quiet and ignored group that sends billions of dollars a year back to Mexico.
MEXICO CITY — The 2006 Mexican presidential campaign kicks off after Labor Day — in Los Angeles.
The leading contenders are planning appearances in L.A. this fall, campaign aides confirm, in a bid to capture the attention and support of their
country's newest constituency.
Last month, Mexicans living abroad were granted the right to vote by mail, beginning with the presidential election in July 2006.
There are estimated to be 10 million adult Mexicans living in the United States, and experts say a third or less are eligible to vote, though it is
anybody's guess how many will cast ballots. About 37 million people, 64% of the registered electorate, voted in Mexico's 2000 presidential
The front-runners want to make every vote count, and they have little time. Mexican election laws forbid campaign appearances outside the country
after candidates are selected this fall.
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I am sincerely glad that the Mexican people who are legally in the US will now have a sayso in their homeland's politics. Unfortuantely though,
neither the Presidential hopefuls nor the new law takes into consideration the status of the voters. To me, this is another attempt by the Mexican
goverment to legitamize the illegal immigrant problem that is rampant in the US.
Last year, we see reports of Mexican military and police, laying ground fire to assist illegal border crossings. We have one Mexican city handing out
fliers teaching illegal immigrants how to cross safely and how to "stay under the radar" so that once in the US the illegal immigrant will not be
Earlier this month, it is reported that a member of the US Border Patrol who was hired in 2001 was arrested. This person reportedly was being paid up
to $300 per person to allow groups of 30-50 illegal immigrants into the San Diego area. The best part was the Border Patrol agent was not even an
American, but a Mexican national who used a copy of a Chicago man's birth certificate to get hired.
[edit on 10-9-2005 by DJDOHBOY]