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AZ Law Brings About Reforms In Mexico

From an unappreciative Associated Press:

Mexico acknowledges migrant abuse, pledges changes

By MARK STEVENSON (AP)

April 29, 2010

MEXICO CITY — Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants.

The group’s report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes undocumented migrants.

The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that the mainly Central American migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the United States suffer abuses, but attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants.

Which, of course, is an outright lie. The abuses are primarily inflicted by the police and other Mexican authorities.

And Mexico’s draconian laws covering illegal aliens are in themselves highly abusive.

Rupert Knox, Amnesty’s Mexico researcher, said in the report that the failure by authorities to tackle abuses against migrants has made their trip through Mexico one of the most dangerous in the world.

"Migrants in Mexico are facing a major human rights crisis leaving them with virtually no access to justice, fearing reprisals and deportation if they complain of abuses," Knox said.

Central American migrants are frequently pulled off trains, kidnapped en masse, held at gang hideouts and forced to call relatives in the U.S. to pay off the kidnappers. Such kidnappings affect thousands of migrants each year in Mexico, the report says.

Many are beaten, raped or killed in the process.

Again, as we have previously noted, such kidnappings, shakedowns, robberies and rapes and murders are not only practiced by gangsters, but by the Mexican police and other authorities.

One of the main issues, Amnesty says, is that migrants fear they will be deported if they complain to Mexican authorities about abuses.

At present, Article 67 of Mexico’s Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal … are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues."

The Interior Department said the government has taken some steps to combat abuses and Mexico’s legislature is working to repeal Article 67 "so that no one can deny or restrict foreigners’ access to justice and human rights, whatever their migratory status."

At last we get to the real point of this article. Which is to advance the argument that if we make being in the US a crime, illegal aliens will be afraid to report other, more serious crimes to the authorities.

And yet Phoenix comes only after Mexico City as the kidnapping capital of the world. So the system we have right now is obviously not working.

The Amnesty report said one female migrant told researchers that Mexican federal police had forced her group off a train and stolen their belongings. Forced to walk, she said, she was subsequently attacked by a gang and raped.

Finally, even Amnesty International is forced to admit that it is not just Mexican gangs who are abusing the illegal aliens down there. Of course the AP buried this as best they could.

The Interior Department said it shares Amnesty’s concern, and called the report "a valuable contribution."

Mexico has long been offended by mistreatment of its own migrants in the United States.

The Arizona law — slated to take effect in late July or early August — makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and allows police to question anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. Mexico has complained that the law would lend itself to racial profiling and discrimination.

Amnesty International, my Aunt Zeituni. This is yet another unforeseen benefit from Arizona’s new immigration law.

Of course, our watchdog news media will never be able to admit such an obvious fact. Indeed, this article relevant relegates any mention of the Arizona law to the final paragraph.

Instead, as we have noted, they try to use even this development as a way to argue against the Arizona law.

But would these reforms have ever happened — or at the promises of reform — without the recent widespread comparisons of how illegal aliens would be treated in Arizona under the new law, compared to how illegals are treated in Mexico now?

Of course, as is so often the case, S&L led the way.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AZ Law Brings About Reforms In Mexico”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    It’s the corrupt Mexican government that shakes down illegal immigrants, AND it’s the corrupt Mexican government who allows OTHERS to shake down illegal immigrants, AND the corrupt Mexican government that’s always been a corrupt Mexican government (that we bailed out with considerable cost to us)

    Sooo……how is this long winded article from the AP anything other than a long held fact about the Mexican government?

    • Nimblicity says:

      “The Interior Department…attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants.”

      “Which, of course, is an outright lie. The abuses are primarily inflicted by the police and other Mexican authorities.”

      No, senor Esteban, it is not a lie. It is an unintentionally honest self-identification. Criminal gangs kidnapping and extorting=Mexican police. Practically a distinction without a difference.

  2. canary says:

    Don’t forget Obama does the opposite of what he says. Obama announcing backing off immigration push, hope people relax.

    Obama’s plans for a new national army for the U.S. at the same time Obama (sshsish ssh ) increases the U.S. population of immigrant Mexicans and Latinos & Middle-East immigrants into the race majority of the U.S. will turn the U.S. into little giant Mexico
    Border States such as Arizona have been begging Obama to enforce the laws since he took office 1 and half years ago.
    Beheadings, kidnapping, and drug cartels growing on Mexican’s border spilling across into the U.S. has been put aside by the media trying to keep up with Obama’s high-speed trickery and dishonesty.
    The only thing that is keeping America safe is not granting amnesty. The idea of an illegal getting arrested is what keeps them less apt to commit a crime. Just google Mexican gangs in the U.S.

    The Mexicans are going to Utah where the Mormon church and laws are much more lax on young girls getting married. They are seducing and impregnating young teen girls, then enslaving them. And the mormon churches mentality of marriage for the sake of the child etc. (marriage citizenship) is taking over common sense, and Utah’s law enforcement and courts do not care. Utah the perfect help thy neighbor haven.

    There has to be order, and there is no rush for Americans to bully Arizona, and states where they don’t live. Look at all the druggies, Obama type, that want their drugs into this country, and empathize with violent criminals.


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