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Thursday, April 08, 2004

Migrants to Vote in Mexican Elections

From the Associated Press:

MEXICO CITY – Mexico's three major political parties signed an agreement supporting a proposal to allow Mexicans living in the United States and around the world to vote in the 2006 presidential election.

The government estimates that about 10 million people born in this country now live in the United States.

Some 98 percent of all Mexicans living abroad are in the United States, according to figures released last year by the Foreign Department.

You have to wonder what this measure does to the integration and assimilation of Mexican immigrants into U.S. society. It seems to me this gives them a stake in the outcome of elections in a foreign country and will detract from the impulse to become involved in American elections by becoming citizens, etc.

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