President Felipe Calderón’s State Visit and the Double Standard Mexico Enjoys

Just imagine if President Barrack Obama paid a state visit to Mexico, which included a welcome highlighted by pomp and circumstances when his helicopter arrived on the South Lawn of the White House, an elaborate luncheon hosted by top officials at the State Department, and a State Dinner at Los Pinos.Then suppose that Obama addressed the Mexican Congress and sharply scolded them for domestic problems that irritated him and complicated bilateral relations.

'Broken Taillights'

Today's New York Times, whose editorial writers have never met an illegal alien they didn't like, excoriates Phoenix's elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio for apprehending those who have sneaked across the border unlawfully. They lambaste his "indiscriminate neighborhood raids [that] use infractions like broken taillights as pretexts for mass immigration arrests." Have these paladins of the Fourth Estate forgotten how an urban version of this approach -- "Broken Windows" advanced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling -- helped reduce crime in the Big Apple?