Mexicans Uniquely Alarmed by Arizona Shooting Attack: Excelsior, Mexico
For Mexicans, the assassination attempt against Congresswoman Gillian Giffords is a very harsh blow. Columnist Ana Paula Ordorica of Mexico’s Excelsior writes in Part:
Giffords has been a lawmaker that has repudiated Arizona’s state’s controversial law SB 1070. She is an advocate of realistic immigration rules that would allow a path to legalization, with the goal of bringing some order to a broken system. And so the politicians of the Tea Party, led by Sarah Palin, have focused their attention on her and any politician that doesn’t cling to their ideas and discourse of anger and violence.
The rhetoric of intolerance in the U.S. is worrying. That was the message we heard from Obama, Palin, as well as politicians on the left and right, all alarmed by what happened in Tucson.
In Mexico, this intolerance affects us directly, because unfortunately, the brunt of it is aimed at immigrants – and not only illegal ones. Even if the primary suspect in the Giffords shooting isn’t of Hispanic origin.
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