Monday, November 3, 2008

The world is waiting

I think many countries in the world are in a great expectation of the US Election. This happens because -we can't  deny it- the US has a great importance in the world and what happens there affects what happens in other countries.

In Mexico this influence is obvious. We share the greatest migratory corridor in the world, a 1951 mile border. Almost 12 million Mexican people live in US and many more cross the border looking for a job and a better life that unfortunately our third world economy can't provide, no matter how hard we work here.

Also, we have a trade agreement and US economy affects greatly what happens here. In this recession it's natural to think we will see negative consequences in Mexico and maybe more migration to US.

It's difficult to know what the next President of the US will do about this problem. Sen. John McCain was in favor of a comprehensive migratory reform, but he backed out. Sen. Barack Obama mentions in his web site that he "support a system that requires undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens."

I think Obama is the favorite in the world, as a Global Electoral College published by The Economist shows. But of course, US citizens are the ones who will make the decision and the world only expects the winner has a better way of leading than the current President, George W. Bush.

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