Just thought I'd mention it

I have no idea whether this webpage is for real. I have my doubts, frankly. Illegal immigration is obviously a hot topic, and one about which I have conflicting feelings. I do not begrudge people in Mexico a better life, but I do have strong concerns about the national security issues posed by our porous borders, the disrespect for our laws involved, and the overtaxing of our social welfare system- a system we all have to pay for, and maintain for the benefit of people who are here legitimately.

The webpage strikes me as suspicious- though it does not seem at all unreasonable that the problem it presents should be all too real. It just seems to me unlikely that family artisans, however proud, could maintain an industry large enough and profitable enough to provide an alternative to the trip over the Rio Grande. It just seems too good to be true.

Solutions have to be found for these poor people- solutions which respect our laws and our national security, and which don't end up penalizing our own poor. But in any case, I received the following email, which provided me with the link above, yesterday:
Dear friends in the United States....

We are Mexican women from villages in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero.

Our brothers and husbands have left us for work in the US.

We strongly support closing the US-Mexico border to illegal entry.

We did not want our men to leave and we want them to return to us.

As we struggle as women, against the difficulty of our situation,
we focus all effort on building a business to sustain ourselves and our children.

But we need the help of our husbands and our brothers
to re-unite our families and to help us develop economic opportunity
in the traditional fashion jewelry production industry that is the heritage of our parents.

Please close the US Border to illegal migration and send our men home to us. Thank you.

Best wishes from Mexico to all persons of good will.

We should continue to be friends and respect each other.


Eusebia Flores
Artcamp Artesanas Campesinas
Tecalpulco, Municipio de Taxco de Alarcon; Guerrero, Mexico

please click on this link http://www.artcamp.com.mx/venga/
to learn more about the village women of Mexico
and how we are creating a hopeful future for our children
by calling on our traditions and creativity and willingness to work.

Best wishes, friends, from Mexico!

Contact: Eva Albavera Viveros

001 762 62 73481
001 762 62 22758

If anybody has any information on this group, I would appreciate your sharing it.