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Mexican Official: Border Wall 'Stupid,' 'Underhanded'

Tuesday, 20 December 2005 12:00 AM

Mexico's foreign secretary Monday levelled his country's sharpest criticism yet at a U.S. proposal for a fence along parts of its southern border, condemning it as "stupid" and "underhanded."

In a radio interview, Luis Ernesto Derbez said U.S. legislators who approved the bill are turning a blind eye to the contributions millions of migrants from Mexico and elsewhere make to the U.S. economy and culture. "It's a law that looks underhanded to everybody...stupid," Derbez said.

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 239-182 in favour of an immigration-enforcement bill, which includes a proposal to build more than 1,100 kilometres of border fencing along parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Under the measure, soldiers and police would help stop people sneaking across and employers would have to check the legal status of their workers.

Derbez said he is confident the bill will not make it past the U.S. Senate, which he said is not as easily swayed as the House.

Reacting Sunday to the bill's approval, Mexican President Vicente Fox said: "This wall is shameful" and called the plan hypocritical for a country made up of immigrants.

Fox has for years called for an immigration agreement with Washington granting some form of legal status to Mexicans who sneak into U.S. territory in search of work.

President George W. Bush proposed a new guest worker program with three-year work visas but U.S. legislators refused to include the initiative in the immigration bill passed Friday.

Authorities estimate there are about 11 million undocumented migrants in the United States, about one-half of them Mexican.

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