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Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try it Here at Home! [Or Do As I Say, Not As I do Alert]
Mens News Daily ^ | Oct. 18, 2006 | Vox Populi

Posted on 10/18/2006 11:48:12 AM PDT by conservativecorner

This article should be an eye opener, especially to those who object to enforcement of U.S. borders and laws.

Mind you, this is the law of the land in the nation that has threatened to take the U.S. to the UN for building a fence on American soil!

By J. Michael Waller

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Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials haven’t been sharing that idea with us as they press for the U.S. Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.

That’s too bad, because Mexico, which annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does, has much to teach us about how it handles the immigration issue.

Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

At a time when the Supreme Court and many politicians seek to bring American law in line with foreign legal norms, it’s noteworthy that nobody has argued that the U.S. look at how Mexico deals with immigration and what it might teach us about how best to solve our illegal immigration problem.

Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:

• In Mexico legally;

• Have the means to sustain themselves economically;

• Not destined to be burdens on society;

• Of economic and social benefit to society;

• Of good character and have no criminal records; and

• Contributors to the general well being of the nation.

The law also ensures that:

• Authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;

• Foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;

• Foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;

• Foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;

• Foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;

• Those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.

Who could disagree with such a law? It makes perfect sense.

The Mexican constitution strictly defines the rights of citizens – and the denial of many fundamental rights to non-citizens, both illegal and illegal.

Under the constitution, the Ley General de Población, or General Law on Population spells out specifically the country’s immigration policy.

It is an interesting law – and one that should cause us all to ask, “Why is our southern neighbor pushing us to water down our own immigration laws and policies, when its own immigration restrictions are the toughest on the continent?”

If a felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in prison, then Mexican law makes it a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

If the United States adopted such statutes, Mexico no doubt would denounce them as a manifestation of American racism and bigotry.

We looked at the immigration provisions of the Mexican constitution. Now let’s look at Mexico’s main immigration law.

Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:

• Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32)

• Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. (Article 34)

• Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)

• The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38)

• Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:

• Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)

• A National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 and 86)

• A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:

• Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)

• Foreigners who sign government documents “with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses” are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:

• Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)

• Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)

• Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico – such as working with out a permit – can also be imprisoned.

Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,

• “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)

• Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)

• Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126) Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:

• A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)

• Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico’s immigration practices versus its American immigration preaching is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government’s agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

Let’s call Mexico’s bluff on its unwarranted interference in U.S. immigration policy.

Let’s propose, just to make a point, that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member nations standardize their immigration laws by using Mexico’s own law as a model.

Any guess as to which nation would object the loudest to such a proposal?

John Lillpop is a recovering liberal, "clean and sober" since 1992 when last he voted for a Democrat. Pray for John: He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people like Nancy Pelosi are considered reasonable!

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist

1 posted on 10/18/2006 11:48:13 AM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: conservativecorner

Carumba !

2 posted on 10/18/2006 11:52:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: conservativecorner

Well, most of this is true, but things CAN be overlooked with legal documents. If you go to the bank and get those little documents with pictures on them, they work REAL good at getting done what otherwise can't be done. Legal tender.

3 posted on 10/18/2006 11:54:33 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: conservativecorner

Let us adopt it word for word, only substituting the word, "USA" for Mexico.

4 posted on 10/18/2006 11:56:49 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Will they be OK with the border wall/fence if we hire the Mexicans to do it?

5 posted on 10/18/2006 11:59:24 AM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..


6 posted on 10/18/2006 12:31:22 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Ben Ficklin; Kimberly GG; Paul Ross; hedgetrimmer; caresistance; Czar; Smartass; ..

Update material.

7 posted on 10/18/2006 12:40:56 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Illegal immigration Control and US Border Security - The jobs George W. Bush refuses to do.)
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To: B4Ranch
I always thought that illegals in Mexico were temporary, that they ere just passing thru on there way to gringoland.

Am I wrong?

8 posted on 10/18/2006 12:47:39 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: B4Ranch

Thanks for the ping!

Also, for anyone who hasn't yet read this report released yesterday....a must read! Very little being said about this by the media.

9 posted on 10/18/2006 12:57:56 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Tancredo '08)
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To: B4Ranch
Sounds good to me. Get 'er done!
10 posted on 10/18/2006 1:38:13 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Goldbugs, immune to logic and allergic to facts.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks


11 posted on 10/18/2006 1:40:36 PM PDT by Exton1
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To: gaijin

"Let us adopt it word for word, only substituting the word, "USA" for Mexico."

Our senate, congress, and president, would never accept a reasonable law such as deporting people who do not belong here or jailing people on criminal charges.

That makes too much sense.

Kennedy and McCain need to be psychoanalyzed. They have something wrong with their mental processes.

12 posted on 10/19/2006 6:09:24 AM PDT by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: television is just wrong

President Eisenhower deported millions of illegals without any problems. No reason it cannot be done now also.

13 posted on 10/19/2006 3:24:07 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

if this nation had a backbone, we would. too many bleeding heart liberals even in the elected "republican positions". No backbone to go for it.

14 posted on 10/19/2006 6:17:48 PM PDT by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: television is just wrong

Also corruption - bribery, blackmail, etc.

15 posted on 10/20/2006 1:21:19 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: gaijin

Got my vote.

16 posted on 10/20/2006 1:26:05 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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