Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Tryit Here at Home & Candidates record on Immigration

Mexico’s Immigration Law: Let’s Try It Here at Home

By J. Michael Waller

Birthplace of the
Mexican constitution,
Queretaro, Mexico
excellent read on: hattip to wordforit
See the candidates record on this subject below

Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials haven’t been sharing that idea with us as they press for our Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.

That’s too bad, because Mexico, which annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does, has much to teach us about how it handles the immigration issue. Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

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 U.S. 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.

It is an interesting law — and one that should cause us all to ask, Why is our great southern neighbor pushing us to water down our own immigration laws and policies, when its own immigration restrictions are the toughest on the continent? If a felony is a
crime punishable by more than one year in prison, then Mexican law makes it a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

If the United States adopted such statutes, Mexico no doubt would denounce it as a manifestation of American racism and bigotry.

We looked at the immigration provisions of the Mexican constitution. [1] Now let’s look at Mexico’s main immigration law.

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)

All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico’s immigration practices versus its American
immigration preachings is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government’s agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

Let’s call Mexico’s bluff on its unwarranted interference in U.S. immigration policy. Let’s propose, just to make a point, that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member nations standardize their immigration laws by using Mexico’s own law as a model.

  On Immigration WITH THE CANDIDATES

Update: McCain won the Florida primarys, Guillano endorsement coming:’

Well, our field is narrowing as this is being posted…

Again, I want to reiterate I am not bashing immigrants, just those who do and would break the law.

This is most certainly not the only issue facing us today, but it does give a good handle on the candidates integrity and where they stand on this issue.

We are a compassionate nation we allow over a million legal immigrants into this country every year..It is not fair to make those who keep the law  to get at the back of the line..while lawbreakers sneak in this country and our candidates have a wishy washy attitude on our own laws of the land . We as a country have citizens who cannot afford to get health care, many times put off surgery or doctor visits but illegals have free access to our system and folks it is breaking the bank. We have hospitals along our southern borders that have gone bankrupt! Yet be very careful if you get sick in Mexico, they won’t let you go or release you until the bill is paid in full. I could give you horror stories on that but that is another day.

What kind of message are we sending our children, oh, we can just pick and choose which laws to keep and which laws to break?  Deceitful employers use illegals and pay them p-nuts. I still believe if employers would give a fair wage, there would be americans willing to do the work. No, this is a bonus for law breaking slavery! Our candidates seem to take back water when it comes to being elected..Win at all costs..what will they do when in office? seems to be the question of the day.

On the issues here and on side bar. from there you can look at all the issues facing us and see which links up to your hopes and dreams for a candidate..I have included what seems to be the front runners from the Dems, Repubs, and Libertarian Ron Paul on this particular issue.

I just did  a post  on how Mexico handles illegal immigration..Perhaps we could take a note from them..yes?

 Hillary Clinton on Immigration
Click here for 20 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.

  • Crack down on employers who exploit undocumented workers. (Dec 2007)
  • Oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Denied saying licensing illegals “made sense”. (Oct 2007)
  • Immigrant license issue needs federal action on reform. (Oct 2007)
  • More border patrolling on both Mexican AND Canadian borders. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration reform needs family unification as one goal. (Sep 2007)
  • Anti-immigrant bill would have criminalized Jesus Christ. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities ok; local police can’t enforce immigration. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes illegal immigration, but doesn’t vote to follow up. (Jun 2007)
  • Making English official imperils crises needing translators. (Jun 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows. (Apr 2007)
  • Keep New York-Ontario border passport-free for tourism. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the “Y” nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Barack Obama on Immigration
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  • Comprehensive solution includes employers & borders. (Nov 2007)
  • Undocumented workers come here to work, not to drive. (Nov 2007)
  • Support granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Lightning IS likelier than employer prosecution. (Nov 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants’ lack of ID is a public safety concern. (Oct 2007)
  • Immigration system is broken for legal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
  • Reform must include more border security, and border wall. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities show that feds are not enforcing law. (Sep 2007)
  • Pathway to citizenship, but people have to earn it. (Aug 2007)
  • Let’s be a nation of laws AND a nation of immigrants. (Aug 2007)
  • Do a better job patrolling the Canadian and Mexican borders. (Jun 2007)
  • Give immigrants who are here a rigorous path to citizenship. (Jun 2007)
  • Extend welfare and Medicaid to immigrants. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Mitt Romney on Immigration
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  • FactCheck: Yes, his ads DID accuse McCain of “amnesty”. (Jan 2008)
  • Illegal immigrants should go home eventually. (Dec 2007)
  • No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • AdWatch: Huckabee ok’ed tuition & scholarships for illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took hard-line on illegals, but only late in term. (Dec 2007)
  • Welcome the people who have been standing in line first. (Dec 2007)
  • Employers have no means of knowing who’s legal & who’s not. (Dec 2007)
  • Avoid chain migration; disallow families from one citizen. (Dec 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants shouldn’t get tuition break in schools. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Illegals employed at his home, but by contractor. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: No driver’s license & in-state tuition for illegals. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities. (Sep 2007)
  • Z-visa is not technically amnesty; but is in fact amnesty. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC never declared itself a “sanctuary city”. (Sep 2007)
  • Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now. (Jun 2007)
  • Proposed Z visa allows illegal aliens to stay in America. (Jun 2007)
  • Make English national language; communicate in Spanish too. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain’s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally. (May 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration. (Nov 2005)
John McCain on Immigration
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  • Do everything I can to help all immigrants learn English. (Dec 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants are God’s children as well. (Nov 2007)
  • 12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty. (Sep 2007)
  • Amnesty is forgiveness; we offer fines; lines; & long waits. (Sep 2007)
  • No official English; Native Americans use own languages. (Jun 2007)
  • Immigration reform needed for national security. (Jun 2007)
  • Hispanics serve our country, like every wave of immigrants. (Jun 2007)
  • America expects us to work on immigration together. (May 2007)
  • Bipartisanship shows preparedness for presidency. (May 2007)
  • Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform requires temporary worker program. (May 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform must include border security first. (Apr 2007)
  • Make possible for immigrants to do a job Americans won’t do. (Oct 2004)
  • Give everyone in the world an opportunity to come to America. (Oct 2004)
  • More help for legal immigrants when immigrating & once here. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • No more ballot initiatives against immigration. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 18% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
 Rudy Giuliani on Immigration
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  • Let illegals self-select to sign up & work on the tax rolls. (Jan 2008)
  • End illegal immigration or we risk legal immigration. (Dec 2007)
  • BorderStat & virtual fence: just stop people from coming in. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC acted like “sanctuary city”, in all but name. (Nov 2007)
  • Sanctuary city policy helped make NYC most legal city in US. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC not “sanctuary” but did welcome illegals. (Oct 2007)
  • Declared NYC a sanctuary city, and crime fell. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Feds deported 4,000 illegals in NYC, not 2,000. (Sep 2007)
  • AdWatch: New citizens must read, write, & speak English. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Deport convicted criminals who are illegal aliens. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: English literacy already required for citizenship. (Aug 2007)
  • Need tamper-proof IDs, and database for immigrants. (Jun 2007)
  • Reform bill fails to document who left US and who’s here. (Jun 2007)
  • Shouldn’t be debating LEGAL immigration, only ILLEGAL. (Jun 2007)
  • Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards. (May 2007)
  • Let illegals’ kids go to school, or they’ll be on streets. (May 2007)
  • Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Supports Senate guest worker plan & path to citizenship. (Nov 2006)
  • NYC services for illegal aliens. (Oct 2005)

 Mike Huckabee on Immigration
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  • FactCheck: Yes, supported scholarships for AR illegal aliens. (Dec 2007)
  • Pathway to citizenship must start at back of line, out of US. (Dec 2007)
  • Send illegals home so all in US can hold their heads high. (Dec 2007)
  • Make legal immigration quick, or outsource it if we can’t. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: AR college bill accepted illegals after 3 years. (Nov 2007)
  • Punish people who break the law; but not their children. (Nov 2007)
  • Focus on demand: penalize employers of illegal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
  • Some anti-immigration advocates are based on racism. (Sep 2007)
  • People are angry at government for failing to track illegals. (Sep 2007)
  • Problems with McCain-Kennedy: credibility; secrecy; spending. (Jun 2007)
  • Allow in professionals as legal immigrants, but seal border. (Jun 2007)
  • Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Path to citizenship if illegals admit guilt & pay fine. (Jan 2007)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001
Ron Paul on Immigration
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  • If economy were good, there’d be no immigration problem. (Dec 2007)
  • Amend Constitution to remove aliens’ birthright citizenship. (Dec 2007)
  • Those who attack bilingualism are jealous & feel inferior. (Dec 2007)
  • No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegals. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration problem is consequence of welfare state. (Sep 2007)
  • No amnesty, but border fence isn’t so important. (Jun 2007)
  • We subsidize illegal immigration, so we get more. (Jun 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)