The news that the Mexican government had issued a travel advisory for its citizens to avoid Arizona gave me a bit of a warm glow. If all the legal Mexicans left or avoided Arizona, that would simplify matters tremendously — just round up all those that didn’t vamos at the warning.
But then I actually read the language of the warning, and had second thoughts.
Mexicans in Arizona should carry documentation and “act carefully” after the state passed a law requiring local police to determine the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said.
“There is an adverse political environment for migrant communities and all Mexican visitors,” Mexico’s ministry said. “It’s important to act carefully and respect the local laws.”
Hmm… when in a foreign country, keep your identification and documentation on you at all times, respect local laws, and act carefully.
You know, that sounds like pretty damned good advice, no matter where you’re from or where you’re going. I’d even go so far as to call it common sense.
Now, I’m not likely to ever go to Mexico. I have almost no ability to learn other languages, and I consider it rude to go to another country where I don’t speak their language. But if I did, I would damned certain to follow the Mexican government’s suggestions as a bare minimum. Hell, I’d probably go beyond them. Anyone who didn’t do that while in another country is an idiot.
But that also brings to mind an interesting thought. We know what Mexico thinks how the United States ought to handle immigration issues. How do they deal with that situation themselves?
To call it ironic would be an insult to irony. I prefer the term “screamingly hypocritical.”
* 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)
And hoo boy, do they enforce those laws.
Often, when I’m unsure about how to judge an issue, I look at how others are reacting. I’m not so much letting those I like shape my opinion, but those I dislike. I freely admit that sometimes I’ve taken a stance on something not on its own merits, but simply because “it pisses off enough of the right people.”
I have some serious Constitutional questions about the Arizona illegal alien law, but right now it’s got the Obama administration, the “open borders” crowd and their lackeys, the mainstream media, the mainstream left, the Democratic leadership of Congress, the illegal alien lobby, and the Mexican government all squealing like stuck pigs.
Something that irritates that many people in dire need of irritation simply can’t be all that bad.