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Ariz. immigration law hurts U.S. image in Mexico

A new Washington Post-ABC News polls finds broad support north of the border for the new Arizona immigration law, but the legislation has soured Mexican views of the U.S.

Collected as part of the 22-nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey, new data from Mexico show Mexicans' becoming dramatically more critical of the U.S. after the passage of the tough immigration law in Arizona. In interviews before the law's passage, 62 percent of Mexicans said they viewed the U.S. favorably; afterwards, positive mentions were sliced to 44 percent. Unfavorable ratings jumped from 27 to 48 percent.

By Jon Cohen  |  June 17, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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very recently, a young man refused to stop throwing rocks at a Border Patrol Agent in El Paso. The officer shot the young man in self defense and in part because he was alone, and there was not a way out of the confrontation for him. Those young men are deadly accurate with those rocks, and they are hired to distract and intimidate the officers while they are apprehending people who are crossing.. and they do a very good job.

There have been a number of other incidences along the border with our people doing their job, and the 'distractor' earning a lot of money doing theirs. When the 'distractor squad' goes to work, they can frequently allow a border crosser/intruder to get over very easily. And they move into the United States and not one single soul knows who they are.

If you read the Mexican Newspapers, they tell the story of the 'distractor squad' in a brief and sympathetic way, but again, we want to chat with those intruders if they make it, and we don't want them coming in in the first place. and click on newspapers.

Mexico reads all this gamesmanship on the border, and they think we should allow it... and they shore don't think we should shoot those distractors. They actually don't think we should enforce the immigration laws at all, and if you read the Catholic Church policy on migrants, you discover the border should be wide open to those folks. I do not.. at all.. agree.

Sooo... why would anyone be surprised if Mexico thought less of us for protecting our borders? The Mexican News Papers did not explain all that happened when the young man was shot.. yellow journalism was at its best. Why would anyone think the Mexican People or Government would like us with the news they get? We are hindering the transfer of funds from the U.S. to Mexico very seriously.
Why would anyone think we would be liked for those illegal alien fund transfers? Arizona has made it very dangerous to move narcotics into the U.S. and that specifically means they are going to lose far, far more money from that source than from the money transfered by the illegal aliens. Why would anyone think the Mexican People would like that??

Well.. by Jimmie... they don't. But the American People do, and that is what our government needs to be aware of. And it IS the United States that is in the good place on this mess, by far. Unless you consume Meth, Pot, Coke, and White Smack. THEN.. then you whine loud.

Posted by: joelwisch | June 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This is just terrible ! I hope they don't boycott like california and refuse to sneak across the border. Obama will have to make a trip to Mexico to kiss the Mexican presidents butt again.

Posted by: ronk1957 | June 17, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

This redneck GOP law hurts America's image around the world. Brewer is out of control and will turn Arizona into a police state to keep power.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | June 17, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree with sunnyday1 America's will be hurt and all of the ILLEGAL imigrants around the world will not invade our country and have us support them.And by police state he must mean that Brewer has the gonads to uphold the laws of the U.S. that the feds don't care to enforce. This {out of control} govenor has the support of most of the country.

Posted by: ronk1957 | June 17, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The US Fish and Game has closed off parts of southern Arizona to Americans due to violence. Where are all those Bleeding hearts when you need them?

Posted by: robtemery | June 17, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Mexioc thinks. According to Amnesty International they have one of the world's worst records re their treatment of illegal aliens.

Besides, the political class in Mexico is control by drug cartels.. they need the open border to continue for the drug business.

Anyone who is against AZ law is being played for a fool.

Posted by: Bettybb | June 17, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Nobody in their right mind should give a hoot what Mexico and Mexicans think of Arizona's efforts to eject illegal alien parasites. We have laws here, and clearly most Americans want them enforced. Build a wall and deport 'em all, I say.

Posted by: AtlanBuster | June 17, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I doubt that Mexicans' supposed bad image of America will stop them from gate crashing at the borde. People vote with their feet. Mexico is a train wreck

Posted by: samfinn | June 17, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what a drug-gang-controlled, illiterate, Third World dump like Mexico thinks of our country? I wish their approval rating of us was zero; that would mean our "government" was actually representing us instead of foreign lawbreakers for a change.

Posted by: MaryJessel | June 17, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that a good majority of Americans agree with Arizona SB 1070, given all of the misleading and untruthful coverage given to the law, including in the Washington Post.

The facts are that the Arizona law specifically prohibits racial profiling. The Arizona law specifically prohibits civil-rights violations. The Arizona law does not allow random checks of immigration status. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act of 1996, signed into law by Bill Clinton, already allows local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE in enforcing immigration law. US Federal law, since 1940, requires foreigners in the country legally to carry their documents with them at all times. The Arizona law does not do anything that current Federal law does not already do.

Secure the border. Support Arizona. No amnesty!

Posted by: ARealRealist | June 18, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Mexicans aren't really interested in becoming Americans. They come here to work and send their money back to their homeland. They are Mexicans and will remain Mexicans their first loyalty to Mexico, and if their country wasn't so full of corruption and actually did something for their people, the Mexicans would not be flooding across the border.

Posted by: elby | June 21, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

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