| In the "Talking Points" memo
segment of his June 30, 2006 show, Fox News Analyst/commentator Bill O'Reilly
threatened a boycott of Mexico if Mexico follows through with its new threat of
filling law suits if any illegal Mexican alien are detained by US National
Guards troops on the US-Mexico border.
that Mexican officials have been reported to assist Mexican citizens illegally
cross into the US, that a major element of Mexico's economy comes from illegal
aliens in the US and the number of Mexican flags being displayed at Mexican
boycott rallies in the US, many American are fed up with what they see on TV
and are probably not going to Mexico for vacation as a result anyhow, so
Boycott Watch asks if such boycott actions really need to be declared when an
undeclared boycott probably already exists.
Furthermore, Mexico threatening law suits against the
US for enforcing its own laws is insulting to say the least, and such actions
would result in a widespread boycott of Mexico regardless if O'Reilly or anyone
else declares a boycott or not. Polls show that at least 50% of Americans are
fed up with Mexicans crossing the border illegally, and therefore probably
won't be spending their money vacationing in Mexico.
Rather than alienating the American public, Mexico's
President Fox needs to solve his own internal economic problems rather than
export people to the US while the US is still willing to work with Mexico to
resolve this crisis. Lawsuits will pose an instant strain on the relationship
the US is working hard to keep cordial. Good neighbors do not take each other
to court, and the option of ruining a friendship is in Mexico's hands.