Skip to comments.Mi Casa Is NOT Your Casa
Posted on 04/13/2006 9:00:44 PM PDT by jennivinson
Mi Casa Is NOT Your Casa By Jenni Vinson Trejo April 13, 2006
All across the country, illegal immigrants from Mexico and their supporters have taken to the streets to demand that they be treated as if they were members of the American family. They want us to allow them free access into our nation even though they entered into it illegally. The government of Mexico would like us to be hospital to their people regardless of how they got here. Illegal immigrants want to be accepted under the cultural custom of Mi casa es su casa. Thats a nice sentiment, but one that Mexico does not abide by when it comes to anyone who would immigrate in their land. For them, mi casa is definitely not your casa.
While the government of Mexico is demanding that America allow Mexican citizens complete access into this country without any supervision, Mexico has the strictest laws for anyone coming into that country. According to the US State Department, an American wishing to visit Mexico needs to heed several warnings to avoid being thrown in jail for violating Mexicos many immigration laws.
An American wishing to visit Mexico is welcome so long as they follow the Mexican protocol. Remember: Mi casa is not your casa while you are there. A visitor does not need a Visa if they are traveling into the free zone which is 20 miles into Mexico from the US Border. Mexican federales will as a visitor in to the free zone how long they will stay and what the nature of the visit will be. The free zone may be visited for up to 72 hours. However, as of December 31, 2006, Americas Homeland Security will require that all US citizens show a valid passport upon re-entering US soil.
Longer visits into Mexico require a Visa. Aside from that an American needs to petition the government of Mexico for permission to travel past the free zone through the submission of an FMT form. To properly fill out an FMT form an American will need to have: 1) An original and copy of FM-3 2) An original and a copy of their US Passport 3) A letter of economic solvency from a notable bank 4) A letter in written in Spanish verifying income issued by the US consulate. 5) An original and copy of home ownership or rental agreement in America 6) The FMT must be filled out in Spanish, type written and signed 7) 2 FM-1 forms type written 8) Photos: 4 frontal face, 4 right profile, 4 left profile. Pictures must be taken without eye glasses. Hair must be pulled back to expose the face and the ears. Photos must be 4 cm X 4cm and in black and white 9) An original and copy of their birth certificate
An FMT requires that the American to provide their place of birth, their destination within Mexico and the reason for the visit. The FMY allows for a 90-day visit, but the Mexican immigration officer has the authority to extend that to 180 days if he or she deems it necessary, depending on the nature of the visit.
Requirement 3 for the FMT is interesting. An American must provide the Mexican government proof of financial solvency. Mexicos law specifically says that the visitor must have a bank vouch for their solvency. A visitor must have a minimum of $2000.00 a months being deposited into a valid account before they allowed an extended visit. This is per person. A couple needs to prove they earn $3,200 a months. A visitor is prohibited, under threat of jail, from working while they are visiting in Mexico.
The Mexican law says that so long as a Mexican citizen is available to do a job, no one else is allowed to. This is where we got the familiar mantra ofillegals are here to do jobs Americans wont do.
An American can own a business in Mexico. The fact that you own a business in Mexico doesnt guarantee you the right to actively work in that business. Most foreign business owners stick to the back of the house doing bookkeeping, the ordering, and the general administrative work. Few foreigners work out front with the customers. They can greet people, talk to people, and hang around, but in almost all cases they cant do any of the work. The government and the neighboring businesses keep a watchful eye on businesses owned by foreigners. NAFTA was supposed to free up Mexico so that Americans would operate businesses on their land, but it hasnt happened. Again, mi casa is not your casa is what Mexico yells loud and clear to Americans.
The State Department warns that an American should not try to cut through the red tape because Mexico is the land of the mordida or the bite. There far too many unscrupulous individuals who will claim to help acquire paperwork for a fee only to leave the American to have to deal with having falsified or forged documents. This is an offense that inevitably lands a visitor to Mexico in jail.
The laws regarding immigration into Mexico are so complex that it is recommended that a visitor consult with a notario or a Mexican attorney who specializes in this field to be sure of compliance for long visits.
A person who drives into Mexico on an extended visit must pay to bond the car. A $400.00 bond will be collected at the Mexican for every car making the trip. The charge must be paid on a credit card and is refundable upon proper return. If an American visitor is caught driving without the proper bonding documentation, the car and its contents will be confiscated and the occupants of the vehicle will be extended guests of the Mexican government. Accommodations will be provided within the nearest jail.
The crime rate in Mexico is high, often violent and most often crimes are not solved. The government seems to have lost control of its military, the federales and they are often perpetrators themselves.
So, we can all see that Mexico is the land of opportunity where Americans have the opportunity to be harassed every step of the way, blackmailed and threatened, made victims of violent crimes, have their cars and property confiscated and ohyesland in jail. Just try to immigrate in to Mexico so that you too can have lots of opportunities to land your American butt in a Mexican jail.
For more information visit the US State Department web page or Mexicos Consulate pages.
Mexico and over 12 million of her citizens who have entered illegally into America are asking for what they refuse to offer to us. If these strict laws are necessary for Mexico, how can they deny us the same right? Its a question of Homeland Security and governments right to have and enforce laws. America needs to defend herself against such outrageous demands. In defending her laws and her right to uphold them, America defends each and every one of us. God Bless Our Nation and may we have the wisdom to resolve this illegal immigration matter and the courage to see it through.
Im Jenni Vinson Trejo. Mi Casa is NOT your Casa is My Opinion. Thanks You for listening
Mi casa es tu casa is always spoken by the host, never by an uninvited guest.
That interpretation of the phrase is as stupid in latin countries as in any other.
Dead on, Jenny!
OOps -- I mean Jenni!
Very nicely done.
Excellent point, Publius6961! As an American of Mexican descent--raised by grandparents, I was taught (by example) that we are a very hospitable people to friends and strangers alike.
My point is that Mexico is unwilling to extend the hospitality it is attempting (and has successfully attempted) to demand for her people who are in America.
Nontheless, I smiled and agreed when I read your post-- Thanks!--Jenni
I still say just for the hell of it, a few thousand Gringos (with the LMSM invited) should go to the Arizona Mexican border. Line up along it for a few miles, and on a given signal, step over the fence, and then step back into the US of A. I would like to see how the Mexicans would react to that one tiny step? Or even if the Gringos did not take the step, see how the Mexicans would react to just the threat to do so.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.