A two-day Iberian-American summit starts in Uruguay today with the United States expected to be attacked over its new plans to deal with illegal immigration. A draft of a final declaration by Spain, Portugal and Latin American leaders includes a special statement rebuking George W. Bush’s project to build a kilometre long fence along the Mexican border.
Regional leaders say they want to make a firm call for the Unites States to reconsider its decision. Spain’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, said the meeting would look to establish important principles on combating illegal immigration. He also called on the international community to guarantee people’s rights or risk a growth in human trafficking. Although several prominent leaders are skipping the gathering in Montevideo, dozens of people have already begun protesting against what they see as a talking shop which produces little to combat poverty and many other ills facing both regions.