The new Arizona immigration law is certainly getting a lot of people excited. Many claim that it will lead to rampant racial profiling, wholesale arrests and deportation, and all manner of inhumane debauchery inflicted upon "undocumented visitors" in our Country. There is no doubt in my mind that this law was conceived and passed in an attempt to restore order in a state that is being destroyed from the inside by a criminal element largely originating south of the border. It appears to be nothing more than local codification of existing federal law that is widely being ignored in so-called "sanctuary cities" across the Country. I would suggest that anyone who feels Arizona is being too harsh on people who have broken immigration law, should look to our neighbor to the south for guidance. Let's talk about true international equality.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has said that the Arizona law is a "violation of human rights" that "opens the door to intolerance and hatred." He should know, since Mexican immigration laws are far more restrictive and punitive than anything we have in the United States. Perhaps immigrants of Mexican heritage would prefer us to adopt the rules of their homeland, starting with their "creative and flexible" approach to search, seizure and due process.
With open armed generosity and good will, Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
- Foreigners are admitted into Mexico "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress." (Article 32)
- Immigration officials must "ensure" that "immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents. (Article 34)
- Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets "the equilibrium of the national demographics," when foreigners are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when "they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy." (Article 37)
- The Secretary of Governance may "suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest." (Article 38)
Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:
- Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
- A National Population Registry keeps track of "every single individual who comprises the population of the country," and verifies each individual's identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
- A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91)
- Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:
- Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
- Foreigners who sign government documents "with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses" are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)
- Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:
- Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
- Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
- Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121)
- Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico -- such as working with out a permit -- can also be imprisoned.
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)
Perhaps the United States federally, or the individual States if necessary, should adopt Mexican immigration law. Maybe then the jerks that were throwing crap at police officers during protests in Arizona last week will feel right at home...when they are sent back there.
Originally posted at ConservativeCompass.com