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"We will attack poverty strongly to make the 40 million poor in our country a priority in the budget. Each Secretary of State, each Cabinet member, each civil servant who takes decisions in the next federal government, before taking a single decision will have to ask 'how much will my decision benefit indigenous groups, the poor, and those who are excluded from Mexico's development.'
"There are three or four things that I have a very strong interest in that happen in the country. The first of those is to finish with poverty. There will be a team [in the presidential staff] solely responsible for this."
On illegal Mexican migration to the U.S.:
"If we [Mexico and the U.S.] are serious, the least we can do is sit down and say 'This is the problem, and the goal is to close this difference in development and manage to become true partners, true neighbors, true friends.' What is the only experience the world has seen of this type? The European Common Market. Today Spain, Portugal, and Greece are at income levels almost the same as their trading partners. There is this example. If there is a better proposal, all the better.
"It's fundamental that we propose a long-term goal. If not, drugs, migration, and the border problems will continue. I would like to propose steps, for example, to form a fund like the one in Europe of $35 billion, for Mexico's development."
Originally posted by seagull
SU27's? Whatever in the world for? Who are they planning on having a war with? I doubt the power elite in the US are going to risk a war with the source of a good chunk of their cheap labor. All that money that could have gone towards Fox's war on poverty in Mexico.
How many SU27's does 500 million dollars buy anyway? Not very many, I'm thinking. Not enough to be useful in the event of a war, but enough to make a cool looking static display when the spare parts run out.
[edit on 15-5-2006 by seagull]
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
What can be done in Mexico and other Central and South American countries to help stem the tide of illegal immigrants and/or economic refugees?
Originally posted by spinstopshere
It's not the citizens fault they just want a normal life