S. Hrg. 108-513: United States and Mexico: Immigration Policy and the Bilateral Relationship: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, March 23, 2004 [open pdf - 9MB]
From the opening statement of Richard G. Lugar: "Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets to examine the United States-Mexico bilateral relationship, with a special focus on the role of immigration. The relationship between Mexico and the United States is complex and wide-ranging. Every day the bilateral agenda deals with trade, management of our common border, water distribution, energy cooperation, transportation, communications, tourism, the environment, human rights, and the struggle against drugs and organized crime... The most obvious economic and security concerns related to Mexico stem from Mexican migration across the U.S. border. When Presidents Fox and Bush met in January 2001, they recognized that migration is 'one of the major ties that bind our societies,' a quote from the two Presidents. Mexicans represent 30 percent of the total immigrant population of the United States. Mexico's share of our total unauthorized immigrant population increased from 58 percent in 1990 to 69 percent in 2000. Too often the debate on how to respond to illegal immigration from Mexico ignores the larger context of our relationship with Mexico or the role that Mexico must play in helping us get a grip on this question. I believe we need to broaden the context of the debate so that we see immigration as not just an economic or law enforcement issue, but also as a foreign policy issue. We must engage in diplomacy aimed at making the Mexican Government a closer ally in preventing and responding to illegal immigration." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., Barbara Boxer, John Cornyn, Larry E. Craig, Christopher J. Dodd, Richard J. Durbin, Stephen E. Flynn, Chuck Hagel, Richard G. Lugar, John McCain, Roger F. Noriega, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Arturo A. Valenzuela, and C. Stewart Verdery.
S. Hrg. 108-513; Senate Hearing 108-513
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