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Put migrant shoe on the other foot

June 17, 2007

Re "Immigration's lost voices," Opinion, June 13

Jorge G. Castaneda, former foreign minister of Mexico, writes: "The collapse of the bipartisan immigration deal in the Senate last week sends a terrible message." How would Castaneda feel if government officials in other countries made similar statements in response to Mexico's efforts to control its borders? Would he and other Mexican leaders feel OK if foreign governments interfered with and tried to impose their will on Mexico?

Mexican citizen Carlos Slim Helu is now the world's second wealthiest person. Instead of pressuring American taxpayers to support his countrymen, Castaneda should pressure his government to improve life for Mexicans.

YEH LING-LING

Oakland

The writer is executive director of the Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America.

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