Thursday, November 18, 2010

Arizona and Latin America

An article in USA Today highlights a certain of confusion about immigration and federalism.  In this case, the main argument is that the Arizona immigration law is straining U.S.-Latin American relations.  But a closer look suggests that countries with already strained relations (quoting an official from Ecuador) feel that way, while countries with smoother relations (a Brazilian is quoted) disagree.

A senior official with the Brazilian Embassy who was not authorized to be quoted by name said that country's relationship with the United States has not been harmed because the Obama administration has not only spoken out against the law but initiated the lawsuit that halted its implementation.

The Obama administration has fought the Arizona law, so it is hard to see a country changing its position vis-a-vis the administration as a result.  What would more likely fall into that category is continued unwillingness to push for immigration reform.


Defensores de Democracia 12:06 PM  

Obama is excellent for Latinos and Latin America. He can not be better in this "Hispanic" issues.


Hope Springs eternal in the Human Heart - I hope that Obama becomes a Great Statesman, he may be in the path of Greater, Bigger and Nobler Achievements.

I have not lost my Hopes and Illusions on Mr Obama and the Noble Democrats :

If Obama is reelected in 2012, then he will be more self-assured and will have a great second term in office. Obama is a Man of Intelligence, a Great President and a Great Human Being - He may become a Great Statesman.

If he seems weak, irresolute, wavering or vacillant ( before the Republican bullies in Congress ), then perhaps that is because he is a prudent and wise man, a professor and great lawyer, and needs some time to learn, digest and become tougher ( with Republicans in Congress ).

Anybody elected president of the USA can not solve all the problems in five minutes.

Consider the pack of furious wolves against Obama : in Foreign Policy, Wars, Health Care, Tax Cuts, Budget, Environment, etc ...

And those mad wolves have power : in Congress, Governorships, State Legislatures. And do not forget the Powerful Demagogues in the Media : Television Madmen, and the failed "war pundits" that are covered in awarded prizes, but whose forecasts and predictions have failed by 180 degrees of direction.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a consummate political leader. In one situation, a group came to him urging specific actions in support of a cause in which they deeply believed, this was Civil Rights for Blacks. He replied: "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it."

Lyndon Baines Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act and Progressive Legislation in favor of Blacks. LBJ was helped and pushed by a Big Movement.

Both men FDR and LBJ greatly suffered because of the many things that they couldn't do.

Vicente Duque

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