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Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try It Here at Home

Posted by wordforit on January 27, 2008

Monday, May 08, 2006

By J. Michael Waller

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 our 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 the country 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:

  • immigration 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, 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 great 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 it as a manifestation of American racism and bigotry.

We looked at the immigration provisions of the Mexican constitution. [1] 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 preachings 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.

J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., is the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, and is Vice President for Information Operations at the Center for Security Policy. He wrote this paper for the Center for Security Policy.

An authoritative English translation of the Constitution of Mexico, published by the Organization of American States, appears on http://www.citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com/1917_Constitution_of_Mexico.html. Quotations in this document are from the OAS translation.

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Hat Tip: NCVoiceblog.wordpress.com 

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It’s an evil government that would use  and allow its people to be used the way Americans have been under the guise of “political correctness” toward illegal aliens and making arms deals with one terrorist-breeding-administration over another. What are we doing to ourselves?

It’s a telling sign when we hear race and gender interjected so often in a presidential election and people are considering such to be a qualification in a country with so many fires raging.  

Romans 13:3-4~ For rulers are not a cause of fear to the good work but to the evil. If you would have no fear of the authority, do good and you will have praise; 4 For he is the servant of God to you for good. But if you do evil, have fear; for the sword is not in his hand for nothing: he is God’s servant, making God’s punishment come on the evil-doer.

Proverbs 29:2 ~When the upright have power, the people are glad; when an evil man is ruler, grief comes on the people.

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2 Responses to “Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try It Here at Home”

  1. Angie said

    Hey Wordforit, I just hat tipped ya on the 14th amendment. may hat tip you with this on my post yet another Mexico first with McCain..excellent post you are doing..I hope the people hear..
    Keep up the good fight!
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    Thanks, Angie! Doesn’t this just amaze you? We have Border Agents being incarcerated and shot while the Illegals and/or drug smugglers and what-have-you are acting like it’s a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon! The Mexican gov’t passes laws to cover their behind on ‘housing’ those they don’t want and is fully aware of being a route, period.

    It’s all about money and PERSONAL power-trippin’ with our so-called reps. We do have good folk, but the double-speak is deep to wade through. That’s why I support and reiterate Ron Paul’s platform—doesn’t it seem suspect that the other candidates and the MSM ignore him? The first debate I saw him in, the host was downright rude in overlooking him, but when he finally had a chance to speak, AND FINISH a statement, the others were speechless. FThompson was the only one who attempted a (lame) response. ‘Good’ always has to fight harder!

    Bill Moyers did a segment (PBS) on the monopoly of the ‘airwaves’ yesterday—I’ll see if I can find it.

    Look at all the confusion and biblical prophecies—while people fight for rights to do things the majority of us don’t want TMI about and we watch lawlessness sweep the land!

    I’ll say, “God Help Us”, but He will only do so much for/with a people who reject Him.

    Have a lovely day! :-)

  2. Garret said

    The REAL COSTS Of Illegal Immigration!
    Consider that the majority of illegal workers in this country are day laborers who are paid under to the table and do not contribute one thin dime in taxes.
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    Hi, Garret, and thanks for stopping by! I actually saw an interview recently in which a lady was defending illegals, postulating that they do, indeed, pay taxes. When pressed about how that could be, she stuttered and stammered that they might have illegal social security #s or worker ID #s (forgot what they’re called right this sec). My greatest concern, and the outbreak of long-forgotten illnesses proves this out, is that they are not going thru the process of a health exam! Good God in heaven, where is the good sense He blessed us with and how is that sensible to anyone?!?! Seriously, there are outbreaks discussed on the CDC site attributed to immigration.

    But—Mexico doesn’t want any NONSENSE!!!
    Thanks for commenting and lending support for Americans who are in the battle zone, Garret.

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