Weekly Report - 3 May 2005

MEXICO-US: Unease at official endorsement of 'Minutemen'

The Mexican government has reacted tetchily to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's public praise of the 'citizen' border patrols of the Minuteman Project in Arizona [WR-05-16], warning that such statements might harm bilateral relations. In the mean time, adjusting to the growing jingoist, anti-immigrant mood, the White House has backed down from President George Bush's earlier position and obliquely endorsed the 'Minutemen'.

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