[Congressional Record: September 6, 2001 (Extensions)]
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RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND
HON. JOSEPH CROWLEY
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Con. Res.
233. On a day when President Fox makes his first official visit to
Washington, I cannot think of a better day to honor and recognize the
importance of our relationship with our neighbor to the south, Mexico.
The ties that bind our nations together span the course of hundreds
of years. From a confrontational beginning to a cooperative future the
United States and Mexico will always have a special connection.
The election of President Fox represented a remarkable day in the
history of Mexico. On this day, Mexico cast aside 71 years of single
party rule and officially joined the community of democratic nations.
It is my sincere hope that this smooth and peaceful transition of
governments becomes the model for the future of Mexico.
In the realm of trade, over 80% of all Mexican exports are sent to
the United States, and nearly three-quarters of its imports come from
the United States. Though our financial interaction is an important
component, this relationship is not solely based on economics. With
millions of people of Mexican descent living in cities throughout the
United States, Mexican culture, cuisine, and music have become
pervasive in American society.
In my own district in Queens, New York, the Mexican population has
been the fastest growing immigrant group. It always amazes me to watch
the development of these men, women and children as they work
tirelessly to succeed in the United States. Despite their presence in
the United States, the homeland is never forgotten. The connection to
their roots and family in Mexico remains strong each and every day. The
Mexican community is truly a credit to the American economy, American
culture and American values.
This is why I support President Vicente Fox's effort to create a new
immigration policy between the U.S. and Mexico which unites families
separated by U.S. immigration law and provides the American economy
with critical employees through the guest visa program.
Through NAFTA and geography, our countries are connected and our
economies are linked. By helping our neighbors to the south, we are
helping our own country grow and prosper in the 21st century.
It is these unique circumstances, which makes our relationship with
Mexico so important. I look forward to working closely with President
Fox and Mexican Parliamentarians on issues of mutual interest in the
years to come.
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