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Byline: Hugh Dellios
CIUDAD DEL CARMEN, Mexico _ In a casual conversation on the wharf, the ice cream vendor and the underwater welder began talking about unemployment, which led to talk about sneaking into the United States, which led to a new twist in the average Mexican's opinion of his neighbor to the north.
"Watch out, or they will shoot you with rubber bullets," the vendor said with a smile.
Over the last year, an emotional debate has been playing out in Mexico's Congress, media and streets over the U.S. Border Patrol's occasional use of rifle-fired, non-lethal projectiles to subdue unruly illegal immigrants trying to cross the border.
In congressional hearings and dramatic newspaper headlines, critics have conjured images of lopsided clashes …