Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tough truth on immigration

I'm embarrassed to say that I just found out some pretty troubling facts on Mexican immigration law. For example:

-It is a felony to be an illegal immigrant in Mexico, the same policy that is being deplored (by myself and others) here in the U.S.
-If you are not a Meixcan citizen, you are forbidden from partaking in any political activity, including protest. So, if the protests and marches that are taking place here were taking place in Mexico, all the undocumented immigrants would be arrested.
-Mexico has its military on both borders, though it firmly opposes the U.S. doing the same
-Mexico deports more illegal immigrants than the U.S.

None of this changes my mind on the current immigration debate in the U.S., but Mexico should either change its draconian laws or simply get out of the U.S. immigration debate until it remedies its hipocritical policies.


At April 11, 2006 7:14 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

This is not really about Mexico. Many of the immigrants who come to work in the U.S. are from other countries--many with worse policies than Mexico. People come to the U.S. for a reason--it's often better than their home countries.

I don't think Mexico should get a say in what we decide, but we shouldn't conflate the issue of immigration and Mexican policies.

The Mexian flags at the rallies symbolize more of a cultural identity than a national identity. Perhaps I will post on that someday...


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