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Mexico Slams Border Plan, But Protects Its Borders

From ABCNews/Univision:

Mexico Slams U.S. Border Buildup Plan

By MANUEL RUEDA | June 26, 2013

It took a while, but after several calls for action from prominent intellectuals, the Mexican government finally said something about the United States’ proposed plans to scale up security on its side of the border.

Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Meade, read a statement to reporters Tuesday afternoon in which he criticized a U.S. bill that would add 700 miles of border fencing and double the number of Border Patrol agents, in exchange for the legalization of 11 million undocumented immigrants.

"We are convinced that fences do not unite [both nations]," Meade said. "The enlargement of this wall is not congruent with plans to create a modern and secure border, and to develop the region."

Meade … said that plans for increased fencing and patrolling – which have been attached to immigration reform efforts by conservative politicians – would hamper commerce along the border and disrupt the lives of 14 million people who live in counties on either side of the fence.

"Our country has let the U.S. government know that measures which will affect the links between communities do not coincide with the principles of good neighborship and shared responsibility," Meade said in typical diplomatic parlance…

"We have things we can shut down, too," said  [historian Lorenzo] Meyer, who suggested that in retaliation, the Mexican government could make it harder for U.S companies to invest in the country, or cancel laws that enable U.S. citizens to buy property in Mexico. Meyer said that while those measures might have a small impact, they could "send a signal" to the U.S. government about Mexico’s displeasure with the border fence…

Hey, we have a very simple suggestion. Let’s adopt the same kind of draconian immigration laws that Mexico enjoys.

As we have previously suggested back in 2006, via our friends at Human Events:

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

by J. Michael Waller | May 08, 2006

… 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… [In fact,] 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;

That is an interesting law, right there.

* 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…

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

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)

It even sounds like foreigners don’t get welfare benefits or even the right to vote.

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) …

Imagine if we ever allowed such a thing. (Like in Arizona.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Mexico Slams Border Plan, But Protects Its Borders”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    “We have things we can shut down, too,” said [historian Lorenzo] Meyer, who suggested that in retaliation, the Mexican government could make it harder for U.S companies to invest in the country, or cancel laws that enable U.S. citizens to buy property in Mexico.

    Uh…..this guy isn’t very bright is he? That sounds like a list of things we should do to punish Mexico.

    Also, when visiting Meh-ee-co, they put a RFID sticker, which cost me plenty, on my SUV and everytime I passed through a “state border” or other armed check points (there were many) they scanned the strip either passively or with a hand scanner. They knew where my vehicle I was at all times. I still have it. It’s a sticker with a 3 x 4 inch RFID antenna embedded.

    Now why can’t we do that? The same technology is being used for pass through toll roads.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    Well Jose, a great American poet once said that good fences make good neighbors. Being from his neck of the woods I’m inclined to agree.

    Seems to me there is no real good reason to unite our nations. Lot of Texans felt that way once too. Jose, you scrapped up your own country, why would we want to unite with that?

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