Top EU Official condemns US border wall
- Top EU official criticizes extension of U.S. barriers along border with
9:14 p.m. April 17, 2007
Mexico City - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Tuesday
criticized U.S. plans to extend barriers along its border with Mexico,
saying immigrants should not be treated like criminals.
"A wall that separates one country from another is not something that I like
or that the European Union members like," Solana said at a news conference
in Mexico City. "We don't think walls are reasonable instruments to stop
people from crossing into a country."
The EU believes immigrants should be treated "like people, not like
criminals," he said. In October, President Bush signed a bill calling for
680 miles of new fencing to be built along the border, despite objections
from the Mexican government.
Mexico has lobbied for comprehensive immigration reform that would let more
migrants enter the United States legally.
More than 11 million Mexicans live in the United States, most illegally.
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