Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thoughts Without Words: Mexico's Illegal Immigration policies

So I am sure by now everyone has heard about Arizona's illegal immigration law by now, even the President has chimed in on it. In fact, I blogged about some quotes the other day. I have no problem with the bill, does that surprise anyone? I have always wondered what would happen to people if they tried to do what they do here in America in another country.

Well thank you Michelle Malkin. She did some research on Mexico's illegal immigration policies. The whole article is nicely done and here are some of the highlights for me;

– Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment.

– Law enforcement officials at all levels — by national mandate — must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizens’ arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

– Ready to show your papers? Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens’ identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.

What I can't roam a country without an sort of documentation? That's racist!

Want to become a citizen? How about this one;

– If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not welcome. Neither are those who show “contempt against national sovereignty or security.” They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories. Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.

Could you imagine if the U.S. said that new citizen's had to enhance the country's economic or national interests? Or show they can provide their own health care?

You can read the rest of the article here.

Where are the politicians blasting Mexico's policies?

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