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Mexican Travel Warning Against AZ – Things Are Looking Up

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Posted on April 28 2010 11:49 am
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File this one under “ironies so delicious they should be classified as food porn.”

Evidently, in the wake of Arizona’s fascist determination to enforce immigration law,  Mexico has issued a travel warning “directed toward Mexicans living, studying or planning to travel to [Arizona]”.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said April 26 that his country’s citizens are “angered and saddened” by the Arizona law, which he said “doesn’t adequately guarantee respect for people’s fundamental rights.”

Presumably these citizens are also saddened by the lack of respect in many parts of their own country for the fundamental right to have one’s head remain attached to one’s body or not to be caught in a cross-fire between two unlicensed pharmacist groups, but Felipe is just one man, dammit, and he needs to prioritize.

In the matter of benevolence towards illegal aliens, Calderon obviously knows whereof he speaks, presiding as he does over the warmest, fuzziest immigration policy this side of Guatemala — easily distinguishable by the fence that runs the length of that border.


As J. Michael Waller relates in Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try It Here at Home, those who decide to go over that fence (did I mention it runs the length of the border?) are likely to encounter problems a little more life changing than questions at a traffic stop.

Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,

  • “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 with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)

Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)

  • Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:
  • A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
  • Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

Let me just give my glasses a wipe and compose myself for a moment.

A cynic might suggest that Mexico, like every other tin-pot regime in the world, has no qualms about lecturing the United States on altruism — bordering on national suicide — while practicing manifest self-interest at home, but I am too busy feeling the Mexican immigration love to indulge in such quibbles.

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Update: In shocking disregard for my deadlines, AP posted an article yesterday evening Mexico acknowledges migrant abuse, pledges changes, which can only reinforce Calderon’s absolute moral authority in wagging his finger at the US.

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.

[…]

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.

Pace Keith Olbermann, the locals probably call this the “show me all your money or I’ll eviscerate you” law.

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