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What’s Wrong With This Picture? – Arellano

The photo is from a press release provided by Mexico’s Presidencia website:

Elvira Arellano speaks with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón at the presidential residence of Los Pinos in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007.

Didn’t Ms. Arellano enter our country illegally? And didn’t she return after being deported, which is a felony?

And while here, didn’t she commit another felony by using someone else’s Social Security Card? Then, as if that wasn’t enough, didn’t she try to fuel a protest campaign for rights for illegal aliens?

Should the President of Mexico have had an audience with her?

Imagine the howls of outrage if Mr. Bush met with some US citizens who had notoriously flaunted the very strict immigration laws of Mexico.

Indeed, behold some pertinent highlights from those self-same laws, courtesy of the Center For Security Policy via Human Events:

  • 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)
  • Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
  • 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)
  • "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 who "attempt against national sovereignty or security" will be deported. (Article 126)

Who knows? Maybe Mr. Calderon explained the concept of national sovereignty and the importance of the rule of law to this confused young woman.

Of course I jest. He did no such thing.

Here is the accompanying press release from the office of the Mexican President:

President Calderón Receives Elvira Arellano

Tuesday, August 28 Press Release

Official Residence 

President Calderón received Elvira Arellano at the Official Los Pinos Residence today  

During the conversation, the Mexican President listened carefully to Mrs. Arellano’s explanation of her current situation and her constant struggle to reunify migrant families.

The president offered Elvira Arellano all his sympathy regarding her compulsory separation from her son and offered her his support in this complex situation.

President Calderón ratified the priority his government places on the living conditions of Mexican migrants residing in the United States and repeated the need for an integral migratory reform in that country.

He also explained that his administration is working hard to create employment opportunities for Mexicans which, in the medium and long term, will enable a larger number of co-nationals to have opportunities for development in this country.

For her part, Mrs. Arellano asked the Mexican government to apply for a visa from the United States that will enable her to return to that country.

The Mexican president instructed Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Patricia Espinosa to order her department to undertake an analysis of the situation being faced by Mrs. Arellano and her son and to take the necessary steps with the US authorities to be able to respond to this request.

¡Muchas gracias, President Calderón!

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 29th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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