Posted by: Scott | Tuesday, May 23, 2006

President Fox lobbies for immigration reform

OK, what is up with this?!?!?!? Mexico's President Vicente Fox has traveled into the US to lobby various groups on immigration. Notice: no press conferences, no questions will be answered (other than private meetings), and he's here on his own, that is to say, guess what leader is not traveling with him. Furthermore, Pres. Fox isn't even going across the country to chat. Probably feels shut out by the wall around the White House, the Capital building, etc…

I'm wondering what is his point in crossing the boarder? Furthermore, did he do so legally (file all his paperwork, etc…). And why does he want us to relax our immigration standards? It seems his country is pretty tough:

At a time when the Supreme Court and many politicians seek to bring American law in line with foreign legal norms, it's noteworthy that nobody has argued that the US look at how Mexico deals with immigration and what it might teach us about how best to solve our illegal immigration problem.

Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:

  • in the country legally;
  • have the means to sustain themselves economically;
  • not destined to be burdens on society;
  • of economic and social benefit to society;
  • of good character and have no criminal records; and
  • contributors to the general well-being of the nation.

The law also ensures that:

  • immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;
  • foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;
  • foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country's internal politics;
  • foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;
  • foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;
  • those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.

Who could disagree with such a law? It makes perfect sense. The Mexican constitution strictly defines the rights of citizens ­ and the denial of many fundamental rights to non-citizens, illegal and illegal. Under the constitution, the Ley General de Población, or General Law on Population, spells out specifically the country's immigration policy.
J. Michael Waller: Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try it Here at Home

Isn't that interesting? Mexico says illegal immigration is a felony; aiding illegal immigration is a felony; overstaying your temporary work visa (a mere 180 days) is illegal and a felony; forging/falsifying immigrant paperwork is illegal and a felony. All of this is punishable by prison time of several years! Not only that, you have to be a natural-born citizen of Mexico to be much of any kind of social or political leader in Mexico. And Mexico thinks we need to relax???? They seem to be pretty uptight themselves on this issue of immigration.

I'm not suggesting that Mexico can't do this on the grounds of being unfair. They are a sovereign nation that has the right to control it's boarder. And you know what: We the People have the right to control and secure our boarders as well.

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