This week, the same week that the Irish Government slammed the door shut on the undocumented Irish in the US, the leader of the Mexican Government is heading to the US to lobby on behalf of his citizens.
This week, the same week that the Irish Government doffs its cap and says it can't be seen to be asking for favours from the landlord, the leader of the Mexican Government is battling on for his constituents.
This week, Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, says:
The message I hope to convey to Mexicans in the United States is that their government has not abandoned them and will help protect their civil rights, even if they broke the law by crossing the border.Where have you gone Bertie Ahern? What about your Irish citizens in the US? Are you going to dump them like the emigrants to Britain were dumped?
The fundamental message is that we are with them, that the Mexican government is paying attention to Mexicans here in Mexico and in whatever other part of the world, and we are ready to help them with their problems.