Mexico May Go to U.N. over U.S. Border Fence
Mexico is considering asking the U.N. to stop the U.S. from building a fence along its southern border.
Mexico’s foreign secretary said Monday the country may take a dispute over U.S. plans to build a fence on the Mexican border to the United Nations. Luis Ernesto Derbez told reporters in Paris, his first stop on a European tour, that a legal investigation was under way to determine whether Mexico has a case.
The Mexican government last week sent a diplomatic note to Washington criticizing the plan for 700 miles of new fencing along the border. President-elect Felipe Calderon also denounced the plan, but said it was a bilateral issue that should not be put before the international community.
While I’m more than a bit dubious about building a fence on the Mexican border, I have no idea what sort of “case” there would be against it. Aside from the multilateral NAFTA treaty, which would not be impacted with a fence, I know of no obligation the United States would be under to leave its border unsecure to a continued flood of illegal immigrants.