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Immigration Hypocrisy: Mexico Can’t Have It Both Ways


An interesting headline appeared on this week: Mexico fumes over Trump immigration rules as US talks loom.” The Mexicans reacted defensively when the Trump administration announced plans to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said his country would not accept the new US rules. “I want to say clearly and emphatically,” Videgaray announced, “that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other. We will not accept it, because there’s no reason why we should, and because it is not in the interests of Mexico.”

One would think Mexico has liberal immigration laws that make ours seem racist and xenophobic by comparison. Not even close. Get ready for an eye-opener. Here is a summary of Mexico’s General Law on Population:

  • Illegal immigration is a felony in Mexico. “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)
  • Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years.
  • Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms.
  • Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

It is significant to recognize, as American Thinker points out, “there is no green card, no food stamps, or pathway to Mexican citizenship.” And “while we invite illegal immigration with jobs, service in the US military, driver’s licenses, and discounted college tuition denied US citizens from another state, Mexico slams the door,” says Investor’s Business Daily. In fact, Mexico has deported more illegal aliens than we have. From January to December, 2014, Mexico deported 107,199 Central American immigrants, while the US only deported 104,688 illegal immigrants. “How’s that for irony?” said Ruben Navarrette on CNN. “It seems that Mexicans are no more keen on losing jobs to Guatemalans, Hondurans or Salvadorans than Americans are about losing them to Mexicans. There is no denying the hypocrisy of Mexicans who insist on a secure border to the south but would prefer a porous one to the north.”

So what the hell is going on here? “Why is our great southern neighbor pushing us to water down our own immigration laws and policies,” asks, “when its own immigration restrictions are the toughest on the continent?” What is fair for them ought to be fair for us. If we emulated Mexico’s laws, they would denounce us as racists. Actually, Trump’s policies are minor league compared to Mexico’s.

One of Trump’s campaign issues was his insistence that the US should not sell itself out in relationships with other nations. “We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon,” Trump said in his inauguration speech. Under Obama, the US lost sight of a basic truth in international relations: Every country has the right to protect its borders. Trump’s intention is plain. He wants to enforce our existing immigration laws for two reasons. For the sake of law and order (the president’s job is to enforce the law, something that Obama never understood) and to protect the homeland from terrorist incursions. If Mexican politicians want to play hardball, I have no doubt Mr. Trump can show them how it’s done.


Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America.

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