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Helen asks…

How do you feel Mexico is ready to file a complaint with the International fences damage environment?

Mexico has urged the US to alter its plans for expanded fences along their shared border, saying they would damage the environment and harm wildlife.

The fences threaten unique ecosystems, Mexican environment officials warned.

Mexico was ready to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice over the matter if the US did not respond, the environment minister said.

The planned barriers aim to curb illegal immigration, a highly divisive and controversial issue in the US.

The fences, planned along a possible 700 miles (1,125km) of the border, are to be equipped with hi-tech surveillance equipment, including sensors and strong lights.

“The eventual construction of this barrier would place at risk the various ecosystems that we share,” Mexico‘s Environment Minister Juan Rafael Elvira told a news conference.

Those areas include Baja California, Sonora and Arizona, home to one of the world’s most important desert ecosystems – the Sonora Desert.

Cactus fences

Officials said Mexico was prepared to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice but wanted to explore alternatives first.

US Army personnel install sections of the USMexico border fence July 2007 near Puerto Palomas Mexico. Most of the illegal immigrants enter the US via the Mexico border

A report prepared for the Mexican government by experts and environmental activists from Mexico and the US said the barriers could isolate border animals into smaller groups, affecting their genetic diversity.

These include jaguars, Mexican black bears and the endangered antelope-like Sonora Pronghorn.

The use of intense lights and radar could also affect nocturnal species, they said.

The report suggested ways of minimising environmental damage, including “green corridors” of wilderness without roads.

These would allow wildlife to remain connected but not provide an easy route for people trying to cross.

Another proposal was “live” fences of cactuses, or permeable barriers to allow water, insects and pollen to cross the border.

The US Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, has said that the fencing is needed. He has rejected arguments that the Rio Grande provides an adequate barrier as water levels in the river often drop, allowing people to wade across.

An estimated 12 million illegal immigrants are in the US, where attempts at a comprehensive overhaul of immigration law have repeatedly stalled in Congress.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6924475.stm

I’m sure the animals will adjust. The birds can fly over, the rodents and lizards can burrow under, and the rest of them will just have to make do with whatever piece of that desert they find themselves in after the fence is finished. They make it sound as if the poor things will need conjugal visits.
The fences threaten unique ecosystems,

Right. The mexican raw sewage deoes not “threaten unique ecosystems”

The hundreds of mexican trash piles in national forests located on the mexican border does not threaten unique ecosystems.

The foot trails that go through restricted wildlife areas do not threaten unique ecosystems

The border industries that have little to no pollution control do not threaten unique ecosystems.

I bet our fellow Americans can post photos of various Mexican items not threatening unique ecosystems.

But, of course, a stainless steel/galvanized steel professionally installed fencing system will cause immediate, extensive, catastrophic, irreversible harm to those very same unique ecosystems
It couldn’t be as harmful as hundreds of thousands of people throwing trash everywhere and stomping down fragile vegetation.

Tijuana answers:

Their abuse of our eco system really bothers me a lot. Have you seen the videos and such? I was so appalled at the sight, they were saying how much it stank! I don’t think they have any regard for our eco system. I’d be happy to bring in the photos and videos as evidence for the Mexican government! This may be my pet peeve!

Michael asks…

should i get married in mexico or united states?

I am a US citizen living and working in Mexico (legally). My finance is Mexican and we plan to get married this year. We are looking at Mexico or US to have our wedding but want the least complicated choice. Any suggestions? My finance has a ten-year visa and is able to visit the U.S. anytime.
I am looking for advise on the legal issues involved. Would it be easier to get married in the states or Mexico?

Tijuana answers:

I think you take this choice totally depends on both family….Go with family man….but my choice is mexico(because your fiance is mexican)…..

Laura asks…

Where is a good place to visit mexico near the border?

Me and a couple of friends are planning a trip to Mexico in February or March and are wondering where is a good place to vacation near the border. We are going to drive from South Dakota. Hopefully it is a safe place

Tijuana answers:

If you want to get a feel for Mexico you need to move past the boarder. The boarder cities, Cuidad Jaurez, Neuvo Laredo, Reynosa suffer from narco turf battles, drug crime, poverty, etc. You will be treated like a wallet, not a person. At the same time, the US citizen that go to those towns are usually not on their best behavior and don’t leave the best impression.

You will probably be heading down I-35 and enter through Nuevo Laredo. I would suggest going to Monterrey. It is one of the larger cities in the country and it’s only 2.5 hours drive. To go that far into Mexico you will need your passport stamped and pay a refundable fee to take your car in. You get the fee refunded back to your credit card when you check out on the way out. It is to insure you don’t sell the car there. When you leave Neuvo Laredo going south you have the option of taking the free highway or the tollway. Take the toll way! The truckers on the free road are way to dangerous for you, I promise.

In Monterrey you have a good taste of real Mexican culture. The city has been heavily influenced by the US and it carries many similarities to San Antonio, but it has a historic center and an up scale area as well with standard hotels if your squeamish. There will be plenty to see. I recommend dropping by a book store and thumbing through the Lonely Planet guide to Mexico or downloading that chapter off the website for 3 bucks. It will give you hotels and attractions.

If you don’t want to drive in Mexico you can take a bus from the boarder. Mexican buses are much nicer than US buses and they are cheap. Mexican traffic cops can be a pain. Bribes can get expensive without Spanish.

On the way back don’t forget to stop in Austin Texas, it is a blast.

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