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Friday February 4, 2011

Mexican Ambassador Disapproves of Georgia Bills

Mexican Ambassador Disapproves of Georgia Bills

Photo: Arturo Sarukhan has a problem with anti-illegal immigration legislation

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Mexican Ambassador to the US, Arturo Sarukhan, condemned legislation that dealt with the topic of undocumented immigration in Georgia, claiming that it was “poisoning” the relationship between Mexico and the US.

Sarukhan stated that Mexican immigrants come to the US for jobs, not to unfairly use services offered in the US. 

Sarukhan also pointed out the longstanding relationship between his country and Georgia, in particular the two regions’ business dealings, and the fact that cracking down on illegal immigration could damage the state’s $65 billion agricultural industry. 

The Ambassador focused on Georgia’s SB7 bill, which would stop undocumented immigrants from benefiting from worker’s compenstation for on-the-job injuries.  According to Sarukhan, the bill violates “any an dall international conventions on labor rights and human rights.”