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This is a light-hearted, humorous look at the frustrations an illegal immigrant Mexican faces when attempting to illegally enter the United States. Even though the lyrics are satirical, some listeners perceived it to be racially offensive. Phil Collins' phony Mexican accent doesn't help matters.
Particularly controversial was the part of the song where the immigrant offers sexual favors from his sister as a bribe to let him cross the border. This was edited from radio versions of the song.
This song was #13 in Blender magazine's list of the 50 Worst Songs Ever. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
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