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April 7, 2006

On 'Mexico's Glass House'

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

... how the Mexican constitution treats foreign residents, workers and naturalized citizens.

Michelle Malken had this up on April 4, it's even more timely today given the U.S. Senate's inaction on immigration reform:

The Center for Security Policy has published an excellent primer by J. Michael Waller on how Mexico treats its own "undocumented" residents.

In brief, the Mexican Constitution states that:
• Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.
• Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.
• Immigrants are denied equal employment rights.
• Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.
• Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.
• Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.
• Private citizens may make citizens arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants)
and hand them to the authorities.
• Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.

Read the whole thing--and then demand that our lawmakers have the guts to enforce America's immigration laws as unapologetically as Mexico enforces its own.

As Waller points out, Mexico certainly has every right to control who enters its borders, and to expel foreigners who break its laws. The Mexican constitution is designed to give the strongest protections possible to the country's national security. Mexico's internal immigration policy is Mexico's business.

Apparently, the U.S. Senate should seek counsel from Mexico on how to learn to protect America and it's citizens - from Mexico!

Posted by Richard at April 7, 2006 4:28 PM



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