Saturday, April 15, 2006


A couple of days ago I posted what the Mexican constitution said about the rights of immigrants. Here it is again:

· 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.

What pisses me off is the hypocrisy. I traveled extensively in Mexico. In some places there, you are nothing but a mark to be fleeced. And that seems to be what their constitution is saying.

If the US adopted their immigration laws and told them, “When you change yours, we’ll change ours, tit for tat,” it would be interesting to see what they would do. Their laws are so severe because they fear a Yankee invasion that would take over everything and make Mexico the 51st state. And that could very well happen if they made laws as liberal as they want ours to be.

The irony is, that would be the best thing that could happen for their people. Then they wouldn’t have to leave in droves to find work. Then the need for immigration laws would be lessened.


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