Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mexico's Ley General de Población More Stringent Against Illegal Immigrants Than Arizona's New SB 1070/HB 2162 Immigration Enforcement Law

In response to Mexican President Felipe Calderon's expressed discomfiture with Arizona's new immigration enforcement law (initially SB 1070, superseded by HB 2162), Redstate advocates that we adopt Mexican immigration law instead. However, Mexican immigration law is still more stringent than even Arizona's new law. Wolf Blitzer interviewed Felipe Calderon on May 19th, 2010; transcript HERE, YouTube video below:



Mexico's immigration laws are codified in what's called Ley General de Población, or General Law on Population. You can read the Spanish-language version HERE, or a Google English version HERE.

Some examples, as presented by Redstate. Referenced articles are from Ley General de Población (English version):

-- 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)

National Security:

-- 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 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)

Failure to obey the rules can result in the following sanctions:

-- 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.

For illegal immigrants:

-- “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)

And for residents of Mexico who provide assistance to illegal immigrants:

-- A Mexican citizen 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)

The root of Mexico's immigration woes, ironically, is its own southern border, with Guatemala. Families from that even poorer country to Mexico's south illegally enter Mexico to do jobs vacated by Mexicans who themselves have made an illegal crossing of their northern border. The Guatemalans are thus coming to Mexico to "do jobs that will no one else will do." There seems to be a delicious irony in all of this that makes Calderon's righteous indignation that much more pernicious and hypocritical.

1 comment:

  1. Arizona MUST adopt the same immigration laws of mexico(General law of population)!!!!!!!! The only way to shut the babbling dead heads commies in this "country"???

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