Posted: Nov 11, 2008 10:55 PM CSTUpdated: Dec 08, 2008 2:46 PM CST Scott Patterson
Omaha (KPTM) – Omaha is playing host to a foreign dignitary. Organizers say the visit by former president of Mexico Vicente Fox shows how Omaha is becoming a more globalized city.
Fox says he’s pleased with his first ever trip to Nebraska. “Except the weather, the day has been magnificent” he jokingly referred to the rainy day.
Fox is in town to sign an agreement with the Gallup Corporation, to promote jobs and leadership. He’s also speaking about the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. “We know each other very well, and time ago we decided to become partners,” Fox told a crowd at the Orpheum Theatre.
He’s referring to NAFTA, saying the controversial free trade agreement has benefited both countries. The U.S. exports $200 billion worth of goods to Mexico every year. “We buy meat from Nebraska,” says Fox. “We buy services from Gallup.”
Fox supports a guest worker program for Mexicans that are working in the U.S. illegally, while supporting families back in Mexico. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding of the problems and the challenges of the future,” says Fox. “Building a wall is no answer to our problems and to our border.”
He also spoke about another border concern: drugs. Fox says his government is waging a war against drug lords who use Mexico as a stopping point between South America and the United States. But Fox says it’s not just Mexico’s fight.
“Once the drug has crossed the border, who moves it up north?” he says. “How it gets to Chicago, to Omaha.” Fox says the U.S. and Mexico have to keep working together.
Fox surprised a lot of people when he opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He says Mexicans are eager to see Barack Obama become president. Fox hopes Obama will listen to other countries, rather than trying to impose the U.S.’s ideas on the rest of the world…..
The former president was welcomed to Omaha with a special presentation.
Fox will give a speech at Creighton University Wednesday morning. His wife, the former first lady of Mexico, will also speak at a women’s leadership luncheon.
Not everyone was happy to see Vicente Fox in Omaha.
A woman carried a flag and a sign that read, “had enough?” in front of the Orpheum Theatre where Fox spoke Tuesday afternoon. She was later joined by fellow members of the Nebraskans Advisory Group. They don’t like Fox’s stance on illegal immigration. He thinks the U.S. should let illegal immigrants stay here under a guest worker program. The protestors say those immigrants take American jobs, money and resources.
“I would like to ask Vicente Fox why it was okay for the Mexican government to send their armed military down to their southern border to keep those illegal aliens out of there, but he’s over here denouncing us for wanting to tighten our immigration laws,” says Susan Smith.
The Nebraskans Advisory Group wants to know where the billion dollars in U.S. aid sent to Mexico is being used if the people there still feel the need to enter the U.S. for work. http://www.fox42kptm.com/story/9333713/former-mexican-president-makes-stop-in-the-metro
Democrat Mayor Jim Suttle was HONEST about his position on illegal aliens in Omaha……During his campaign, at a Meet & Greet in North Omaha, I asked Mr. Suttle if he would support an agreement with ICE for a 287(g) program that would allow police and Sheriffs to assist in the process of detaining and processing illegal aliens who were caught during their shift hours. He said that he would not support any program that targets one group of people.
I didn’t like his answer, but he was HONEST about it and that’s more than I can say for Republican Mayor Jean Stothert who told me at a Christmas Party in 2012, during her campaign, that she believed EVERYONE SHOULD FOLLOW THE LAWS and our laws should be enforced.
Another thing about Mayor Suttle he always returned phone calls. Omaha Mayor Stothert won’t even honor appointment /phone meeting requests. She deletes comments by me and others on her Facebook Page even though comments were polite but direct and she always seems to have pat excuses for controversial issues like.”…misinformation out there….I’ll check and get back to you….some people just don’t know how to communicate without confrontation…..” Like I said, she had one campaign speech for illegal aliens and one for the rest of us – that’s why so many were stunned when she endorsed LB 623 Drivers Licenses for illegal aliens and supports a “Pathway for citizenship for illegal aliens.”
Maybe Stothert’s body guard, PRO-AMNESTY Republican VIRGIL PATLIN, has been whispering in her ear or maybe Republican Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is a Prima Donna (a very temperamental person with an inflated view of their own talent or importance) and Elitist (a person who believes that a system or society should be ruled or dominated by an elite/snob) who ran a campaign of SMOKE AND MIRRORS (a metaphor for a deceptive, fraudulent or insubstantial explanation or description.) ~ Please see two prior pages for detailed accounts as well as most of the newly elected “Republicans” who are following her pitiful example ~ Driver’s Licenses for illegal aliens LB 623 and Sanctuary Policies…. https://thesusansmithshow.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/republican-amnesty-omaha-mayor-jean-stothert-hits-a-sour-note-with-conservatives-at-a-tea-party-rally-in-omaha-nebraska/ And https://thesusansmithshow.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/meet-nebraskans-shit-list-of-senators-and-omaha-mayor-supporting-illegal-aliens-with-benefitsservices-and-drivers-licenses-turns-nebraska-from-a-red-state-to-a-blue-state/
February 2015 Another year and another set of broken promises from Mayor Jean Stothert. In her state of the City address today she once again failed to show any improvement in her three key promises to the citizens of Omaha; crime, job creation, and eliminating the bar and restaurant tax.
Chair Vince Powers pointed to the most recent Violence Policy Center report that placed Nebraska and Omaha as having the second highest African American homicide rate in the nation. “Mayor Stothert promised that the news of the day would not be about another local shooting but sadly she presides over one of highest homicide rates in the nation, and the nine dead and over a dozen shootings in January of this year only underscores that terrible statistic,” said Powers. “In addition, she fell short of her 2014 benchmark for police by 17 officers, we have seen a spike in murders and property crime, and due to her inabilities both fire and police have been without contracts now for over a year.”
Another promise made by Stothert was job creation, but the most recent Bureau of Labor Statists report show that since Mayor Stothert’s first full month in office (July 2013 thru December 2014) the Omaha MSA has fewer jobs than when she took office. Today, Omaha is in jeopardy of losing two long standing, large employers, Kellogs and Woodman. A list of economic development projects the Stothert promised last year have fell through including, the Crossroads Mall development, Tranquility Park multi-sport complex project, and the North Omaha Industrial Park.
Finally Mayor Stothert promised that she would roll back the Bar and Restaurant tax, making that her number one priority in her campaign. “Here we are 18 months later and Jean Stothert continues to pocket the cash from the tax on bars and restaurants, with no end in sight” said Powers. http://www.nebraskademocrats.org/content/mayor-stothert-continues-her-trail-broken-promises
45% sewer fee increase over 5 year period. http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/omaha-mayor-jean-stothert-seeks-percent-increase-in-sewer-fees/article_69cbb115-2787-56f1-bb3d-e5a1f815687f.html
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