[Marxism] Yo Quiero Taco Bell- The Battle For Votes Abroad
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Mon Aug 23 03:04:23 MDT 2004
Bush's Nephew Rips Armed Border Guards
Sat Aug 21
By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer
MEXICO CITY - President Bush's nephew, campaigning for overseas votes in
Mexico on Saturday, called the federal policy of arming U.S. Border Patrol
agents with plastic pellet guns "reprehensible."
Speaking in a mix of English and sometimes-halting Spanish, George P. Bush
said his uncle was not to blame for the gun policy, which has angered
Mexicans. He instead blamed it on "some local INS (Immigration and
Naturalization Service) guy who's trying to be tough, act macho."
"If there has been American approval for this policy, that is
reprehensible," Bush said of the guns, essentially paintball projectiles
filled with chile powder. "It's kind of barbarous."
The pellet guns, which were approved at the federal level, have been used on
a trial basis since 2001 in California and Arizona. The U.S. Border Patrol
fired the pepper-balls in 81 instances in 2002-03 and reported no deaths or
Mexican and U.S. diplomats held high-level meetings on Aug. 13 over the use
of so-called "pepper-ball" guns after an apparent linguistic confusion over
the projectiles helped fuel tensions with Mexico.
The Mexican government has faced severe criticism from local media and
rights groups for not opposing more strongly the use of the pellet guns
against undocumented migrants.
President Bush's Hispanic nephew he's the grandson of migrant worker Jose
Maria Garnica is in Mexico on a week-long visit to drum up support for his
uncle among the estimated 1 million Americans living there.
The younger Bush, whose father is Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and mother, Columba,
is originally from Mexico, acknowledged at a news conference that the war in
Iraq (news - web sites) is not popular in Mexico but defended the military
action, saying "we're almost done with it."
He also acknowledged that "there are some people in our (Republican) party
who don't see the benefits of immigration," but promised that President Bush
was a proponent of immigration reform.
He called Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "a dictator" and cast doubt on
his victory last week in a recall referendum, saying Chavez had "a long
history of fraud." Outside observers, including former President Jimmy
Carter, have endorsed the Venezuelan vote counts.
Christopher Fussner, global chairman of Republicans Abroad, which funded
Bush's trip, called Mexico "the most important country" for getting overseas
Fussner said Republicans are advertising in overseas English-language
newspapers around the world in hopes of capturing expatriate votes.
Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's campaign also has enlisted
family members to woo voters in Mexico. His sister, Diana Kerry, chairwoman
of Americans Overseas for Kerry, visited Mexico City in July.
Kerry supporters also held a voter-registration and ballot-request drive in
Guadalajara on Thursday.
On the Net:
Republicans Abroad: http://www.republicansabroad.org
Democrats Abroad: http://www.democratsabroad.org
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