Pres. Vicente Fox in the No Spin Zone
welcomed former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who addressed some of the issues in the Talking Points Memo. He began with this explanation for pervasive Mexican poverty: "We had 72 years with a lousy and corrupt government controlling the country, but we're working hard to overcome poverty and create jobs." President Fox defended Mexican citizens who enter the U.S. illegally. "It's okay for them to look for a better future for their families, and you hire them here. They are hard working people doing their best. America is the land of opportunity." But The Factor
challenged Fox and the Mexican government. "You have not been able to stop tens of millions of your citizens from coming to the United States. You're letting them come here and violate our law. We have to have a wall because your government won't stop this chaos."News Link: Former Mexico Prez talks immigration
Returning for a second segment, former President Fox blamed much of the Mexican drug problems on demand in the United States. "Who consumes those drugs," he asked rhetorically. "Who pays for those drugs? This is a joint responsibility, and we have to work together to solve this problem that is hurting kids in both countries." Fox also took a shot at the Minutemen, the volunteer citizen group that patrols the southern border. "The Minutemen are aggressive, xenophobic and violent. Fear is dominating the United States and we must work on this so immigration becomes an asset to both nations." The Factor
took issue with President Fox's representation. "I don't think the Minutemen are racist and I don't know of any violence. They're protesting, saying we have to stop this illegal immigration."
Finally, Fox spoke about his new book, which includes the story of his grandfather's odyssey from Ohio to Mexico. "Imagine that back in 1895 he rode a horse from Cincinnati to Mexico, where he settled and bought a farm. He was born the very same day Abraham Lincoln was shot to death. He took the American dream down to Mexico, and that's where I nourished myself. I love America and I am part of this nation."