"We are crossing our fingers that the political environment in the United States beginning in 2013 will allow an objective debate, with rational and forward thinking regarding the importance played by migration to the social and economic welfare of both nations," he said during a break of the annual meeting of Mexican ambassadors and consuls which concluded yesterday.
Faced with possible changes of the party in power in either country, he replied: "I have no crystal ball. I do not know what will happen neither here nor there, I can't get ahead of events. The only thing that I want to say is obviously one of the tasks to which we are dedicated in these complex months, in which we have two simultaneous processes of electioneering, is that we seek, first, to shield the bilateral relationship so as not to contaminate it as a result of the political-electoral discussion that is going on on both sides of the border.
As a second point, we must ensure that whatever the election results in both countries, the bilateral agenda is built on progress already made on issues ranging from trade to border infrastructure.
The ambassador also insisted that Mexico has had zero tolerance for hate crimes against Mexican communities in the U.S., and the government has been very successful in joining litigation against state laws that have been enacted in Arizona, Utah, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.
He said that both governments have built the largest possible number of dikes to contain or bring down the most harmful of these laws, but made clear that the Mexican embassy ought to be careful (acting in the U.S.) for the same reasons that a foreign government in Mexico has natural limits to its diplomatic action.
Asked if there was any involvement by any Mexican authoritiy in the controversial operation, Fast and Furious, which allowed the illegal sale of 2,500 weapons to Mexican cartels, he said: "It has been said over and over again: there was no role, nor was anyone notified." No one in the government knows the results of investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, which will be announced at the next hearing in the U.S. Congress scheduled for February 2, he said.
The regulation of weapons is political issue that is difficult to deal with in the United States, especially in an election year, as there is a deep ideological divide with which the government has to struggle, he stated." Spanish original