However, I never felt as outraged and disgusted as when I watched in horror the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, holding American sovereignty in contempt when he lectured the U.S. Congress on the issues of immigration. He further chastised us for the recent immigration law passed by the State of Arizona! President Calderon’s arrogance was only exceeded by the standing ovation afforded him by certain members of Congress led by the Speaker, the Attorney General, and the Homeland Security Secretary.
How low can a bunch of fawning politicians go, trying to secure a few votes? Very low, I am afraid.
Responding to this insult, I decided to write this letter to President Calderon.
Dear President Calderon, I watched your speech to the U.S. Congress and was appalled by your arrogance and the indignity you exhibited toward a nation that supplies almost one third of your nation’s income. When my anger finally subsided, I decided to check your immigration laws. After reading your laws, I changed my view. Instead of getting upset with your criticism of our laws, I decided the USA should adopt your laws, article by article, and enforce them to the full extent as you do in Mexico. In case you suffer the same malady as some of our elected officials and civil servants who criticize Arizona’s new law (without first reading it); I would like to highlight some of the Mexican immigration laws.
Foreign visitors and immigrants in Mexico must be in the country legally; have the means to sustain themselves economically; not destined to be burdens on society; should be of economic and social benefit to society; exhibit good character and have no criminal records; and contribute to the general well-being of the nation.
According to the Mexican Constitution, Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
- (Article 32) Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.”
- (Article 34) 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 37) 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 73) Federal, local, and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants.
- (Articles 85 and 86) A National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity.
- (Article 87) A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants 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.
- (Article 116) Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned.
- (Article 117) Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished.
- (Article 118)Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.
- (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico – such as working without a permit – can also be imprisoned.
Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony; in the USA, it is a misdemeanor.
The constitutional articles above are contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. There is a stark contrast between Mexico’s immigration practices and those in America and this gives a clear picture of your government’s agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.
President Calderon, thank you for bringing this subject to the House of Representatives. When the appeasing talking heads finally sit down from their elongated standing ovation, I suggest they immediately pass a copy of the Mexican immigration laws and start enforcing them instantly. Under the circumstances, how can anyone in the USA disagree with the Mexican immigration laws?
Best regards from an immigrant, whose perfectly legal process took five years to complete.
Currently chairman of Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Board, Tarik Ayasun has given many years of community service to various organizations.