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Lawmakers Up in Arms Over Mexico's ‘How-to’ for Illegals
newsmax.com ^ | Friday, Jan. 7, 2005 | Jon E. Dougherty,

Posted on 01/06/2005 4:20:06 PM PST by VU4G10

A 32-page "Guide For the Mexican Migrant" that tells illegal immigrants how to cross the U.S. border, and how to stay in the U.S. unobtrusively, was supposedly intended to keep Mexican citizens from risking breaking into the United States because it's dangerous, kills hundreds of Mexican migrants annually, and violates U.S. law.

To hear Mexican officials tell it, their government is all about law and order — which is why critics shouldn't take a new guide providing migrants with tips for sneaking into, then remaining, in the United States, the wrong way.

"We are a country that respects the law and we advise our people to respect the law," Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos de Icaza tells The Washington Post.

Despite de Icaza's explanation, critics say the guide not only sends the wrong message to Mexican migrants, but they think it was specifically designed to better protect them while they break into the U.S., not to try and talk them out of it.

U.S. lawmakers who have long called for tighter border policing and immigration restrictions especially believe the guide is little more than a "how-to" manual for illegal immigrants.

"The Mexican government is aiding and abetting the illegal invasion" of migrants into the country, Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., told the Post.

In calling for the Mexican government to end it's planned distribution of about 1.5 million copies of the guide, which was written in comic-book form. "Can you imagine if our State Department ... put out a publication saying, 'We don't recommend stealing, but if you are going to be involved in stealing in Mexico anyway, here are some helpful hints on how to jimmy the door?'" Hayworth said.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, our most staunch border defender in Congress, cautioned Mexico over their Foreign Ministry’s distribution of the “comic book.”

“This is not an action of a friendly neighbor. What would the Mexican government say if we encouraged our citizens to violate Mexican law? It is a great example of how hooked Mexico has become on remittances, which are dollars sent home by alien nationals working in the U.S.,” explained Tancredo, Chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus.

Remittances - the money Mexicans in the U.S. send back to their relatives in mexico - are now at about $18 Billion dollars a year, account for more income to Mexico than any source other than PEMEX, the state owned Petroleum Company.

De Icaza swears U.S. officials are just misinterpreting the guide's true meaning and intentions. "Some are not interpreting the guide correctly," he told the Post.

He said information in the booklet also instructs migrants not to carry false identification, run from Border Patrol agents or throw rocks at them, and to be honest with U.S. officials.

But it also instructs migrants to stay away from scenes and situations which could draw attention to them or put them at risk of arrest.

Still, "the aim of the book is to save lives," says Alfonso Nieto, press secretary at the Mexican Embassy, in an interview with the Arizona Republic.

"It clearly states at the beginning and the end that the appropriate way to gain entry is with a passport or a visa," he said, adding the Mexican government has published such guides before. Yet according to a study of the guide, there is no detailed information regarding the U.S. visa application process.

On Wednesday White House spokesman Taylor Gross said President Bush had not seen the guide. He said the president nonetheless maintained "an excellent working relationship with the Mexican government" and that both governments remained committed to battling illegal immigration."

The U.S. State Department said virtually the same thing, issuing a statement claiming Washington "and the Mexican government have a strong commitment to ensuring that migration into the United States is safe, orderly and legal."

Others have also criticized the guide.

"This is more than just a wink and a nod," Rick Oltman, Western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told the Republic earlier this week. "This is so transparent, this is the Mexican government trying to protect its most valuable export, which is illegal migrants."

Said John Keeley, director of communication for the U.S.-based Center for Immigration Studies, in an interview with New London, Connecticut newspaper The Day, "With this document the Mexican government not only has not instructed its citizens to obey immigration law but, in rich detail, it has supplied a manual on how to circumvent U.S. immigration law. It's very, very troubling."

In a letter of protest to the Mexican government, Hayworth described "Mexico's state sponsorship of illegal immigration is nothing less than an act of deliberate hostility against the United States - an attack on our sovereignty," saying "it must cease before it does permanent damage to our relationship."

Tancredo is now considering a provision that would cut Mexico’s foreign aid by the amount of remittances they receive, in order to both offset the strain illegal immigrants put on the American taxpayers and to pressure Mexico to stop encouraging their nationals to put their lives at risk in the desert.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico
KEYWORDS: aliens; conspirators; illegal; immigrantlist; immigration; mexico; remittances

1 posted on 01/06/2005 4:20:06 PM PST by VU4G10
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To: VU4G10
how can something so abusive and blatant still need to be debated by the spineless lawmakers in DC and that includes you Mr. Bush and your inability to protect our borders. Tancredo is one of the few good guys....can't believe we as a people can't be better heard on this
2 posted on 01/06/2005 4:23:56 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

ping


3 posted on 01/06/2005 4:28:16 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: VU4G10
What do we expect, what with GW practically inviting illegals?
4 posted on 01/06/2005 4:31:35 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: VU4G10

Yeah, I'll believe they're "up in arms" when I see them actually do something meaningful to fix the problem.


5 posted on 01/06/2005 4:32:47 PM PST by rbg81
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To: rbg81

Get in touch with your Representitives and Senators. Encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. We have Washington's attention. Do not let up for a second. The bleeding heart leave the gate open liberals aren't. If you do not want to compete with the third world. "Get it done".


6 posted on 01/06/2005 4:37:14 PM PST by Sterco
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To: rbg81

Get in touch with your Representitives and Senators. Encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. We have Washington's attention. Do not let up for a second. The bleeding heart leave the gate open liberals aren't. If you do not want to compete with the third world. "Get it done".


7 posted on 01/06/2005 4:40:31 PM PST by Sterco
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To: NorCalRepub

Translation of the introduction on the cover of this guide:

This consular protection guide does not encourage the border crossing of Mexican nationals without the legal documentation required by the government of the United State. Its objective is to make known the inherent risks and give information concerning the rights of 'migrants' without regard to legal residence.

Yeah, right, CYA.


8 posted on 01/06/2005 4:40:48 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Speak the truth, right the wrong and follow the King.)
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To: VU4G10

I have seen the illustrations and they are a hoot, especially the ones with the women in skin tight clothing and the husband taking a punch at his wife.


9 posted on 01/06/2005 4:42:28 PM PST by junta (junta, "is one uppity cracker")
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To: Sterco
We have Washington's attention.

Uh, no we don't. It's gonna take a revolution to get this issue and the income tax issue resolved. I'm convinced.


10 posted on 01/06/2005 4:46:18 PM PST by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
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To: VU4G10
"The Mexican government is aiding and abetting the illegal invasion" of migrants into the country, Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., told the Post."

So - are the guys elected to write laws and protect our country going to give this 'lip service' - or are they going to DO something about it!!

11 posted on 01/06/2005 4:48:16 PM PST by LADY J
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To: VU4G10

If you'd like a chuckle,check out :http://www.qando.net/details.aspx?ENTRY=789

(Scroll down to his translation of the comic book, but FIRST,put down any beverage you may be holding. Do NOT drink a beverage while reading this !!)


12 posted on 01/06/2005 4:50:00 PM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: VU4G10

....there must be a 'working-relationship' somewhere......$$$$$$....follow the money


13 posted on 01/06/2005 4:55:10 PM PST by maestro
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To: LADY J
My money is on "lip service".

That's what President Oblivious does best. ;^)

14 posted on 01/06/2005 4:57:24 PM PST by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity', it's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: gubamyster; JohnHuang2; keri; international american; Kay Soze; jpsb; hershey; TomInNJ; ...

* * *

A Wetback's Guide To An Illegal Lifestyle In America
(Courteousy of The Mexican Government)

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"The Mexican embassy says the booklet is an effort to save lives, and denies that it encourages illegal immigration. The booklet is being distributed as a free insert in a popular Spanish-language cowboy comic book and over the Internet. Mexico has published more than a million copies of the guide."

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15 posted on 01/06/2005 5:25:13 PM PST by Happy2BMe ("Islam fears democracy worse than anything-It castrates their stranglehold at the lowest level.")
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To: VU4G10
Half a dozen "U.S. lawmakers who have long called for tighter border policing and immigration restrictions especially believe the guide is little more than a "how-to" manual for illegal immigrants."

Maybe when we get a few of dozen who really feel what they are saying, the illegal traffic will slow down.

16 posted on 01/06/2005 5:28:30 PM PST by B4Ranch (((The lack of alcohol in my coffee forces me to see reality!)))
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To: genefromjersey
<> LOL
17 posted on 01/06/2005 5:37:23 PM PST by B4Ranch (((The lack of alcohol in my coffee forces me to see reality!)))
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To: VU4G10
Still, "the aim of the book is to save lives," says Alfonso Nieto

What a liar! As if the Mexican government cared about lives --- how many journalists have been murdered? How much has the Mexican government done to catch the murderers of all those poor girls and young women in Ciudad Juarez? Or the drug executions? They couldn't/wouldn't stop the execution of the ex-president's own brother --- or his brother-in-law.

18 posted on 01/06/2005 5:48:52 PM PST by FITZ
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To: FITZ

Last I heard the count is up to 400 female victims. The players in this got to be very high in government.
I speaks of V. Fox's care of his flock.


19 posted on 01/06/2005 5:53:15 PM PST by investigateworld (( just telling the truth ! ))
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To: VU4G10

The headline should read: "Lawmakers Arms Up Over..."

It's pretty obvious our spineless reps have surrendered to meheeko over this issue. No one can say anything against these lawbreakers without being called a racist. The co-opting that has gone one over this is appalling.


20 posted on 01/06/2005 5:54:00 PM PST by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: Missouri

"Tancredo is now considering a provision that would cut Mexico’s foreign aid by the amount of remittances they receive, in order to both offset the strain illegal immigrants put on the American taxpayers and to pressure Mexico to stop encouraging their nationals to put their lives at risk in the desert."

Tancredo ping


21 posted on 01/06/2005 5:57:21 PM PST by MissouriConservative ( Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less. - Robert E. Lee)
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To: ArmyTeach
the appropriate way to gain entry is with a passport or a visa

Two words: Plausible Deniability

22 posted on 01/06/2005 6:03:13 PM PST by America's Resolve (awarforeurabia.blogspot.com - Watching the war for Europe)
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To: VU4G10

"In a letter of protest to the Mexican government, Hayworth described "Mexico's state sponsorship of illegal immigration is nothing less than an act of deliberate hostility against the United States - an attack on our sovereignty," saying "it must cease before it does permanent damage to our relationship."

We need all our congresspeople and the White House relaying this message.

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BORDER CROSSING IN 17 EASY STEPS
By Michelle Malkin   ·   January 06, 2005 12:24 PM

That Mexican comic book for illegal aliens is available at the Mexico government's website here.

Dale Franks offers a unique translation of the guide at Q and O.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Republic reports that Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ.) has written a letter of protest to the Mexican government urging a halt to its distribution of a new how-to comic book providing safety information for border crossers, calling it "state-sponsored illegal immigration."

"As an act of good faith, I call on your government to immediately cease the distribution of the Guide for the Mexican Migrant, which is only the latest flagrant example of the Mexican government's lack of respect for U.S. laws," Republican Hayworth wrote Tuesday to Mexican Ambassador Carlos de Icaza..."Mexico's state sponsorship of illegal immigration is nothing less than an act of deliberate hostility against the United States - an attack on our sovereignty - and it must cease before it does permanent damage to our relationship."

"The Mexican government has expressed support for an accountable guest-worker program," Hayworth adds. "However, such a program is simply not possible as long as the illegal invasion of America's borders continues with the active encouragement of the Mexican government."


Update: Laurence Simon has his own illegal alien assistance send-up here.
http://www.michellemalkin.com/


23 posted on 01/06/2005 6:10:04 PM PST by JustAnotherSavage (Government spends what government receives plus as much as it can get away with-Milton Friedman)
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To: VU4G10
"Remittances - the money Mexicans in the U.S. send back to their relatives in mexico - are now at about $18 Billion dollars a year, "

That great man of principle, Tom Tancredo was proposing a 5% tax on remittances until someone told him that 95% of the remittances are through Western Union, which they informed him was headquartered in his district and was the largest employer in his district. Crawfish city.

24 posted on 01/06/2005 6:18:49 PM PST by bayourod (The states and cities with large immigrant labor pools are the prosperous ones.)
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To: bayourod

(The states and cities with large immigrant labor pools are the prosperous ones.) Like California?


25 posted on 01/06/2005 6:22:51 PM PST by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: unixfox
[ Uh, no we don't. It's gonna take a revolution to get this issue and the income tax issue resolved. I'm convinced. ]

I agree...
Thr barrels rotted almost to the bottom.. The few apples not rotted are very slimey from the rot.. and just legitimize the barrel.. Americans don't want to get their hands slimey from turning over the barrel.. Democrats are fully rotten, I'm talking republicans.. Cowards probably..

26 posted on 01/06/2005 6:34:47 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed me to included some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: investigateworld

I've heard it's over 400 --- there have been quite a few more murders in the past few weeks --- but there are far more young men and boys murdered and missing in the same town --- something like over 1000 in the same time period --- that doesn't make the news much. Vicente Fox has shown no interest in this --- until just very recently --- the elections are coming up of course --- and he will want his cronies to win.


27 posted on 01/06/2005 6:45:33 PM PST by FITZ
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To: VU4G10

The private sector in Califprnia is booming, the only problem is the liberal government, and that can't be blamed on illegals.


28 posted on 01/06/2005 7:01:27 PM PST by bayourod (The states and cities with large immigrant labor pools are the prosperous ones.)
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To: VU4G10

We should make a bunch of booklets about getting into Mexico and airlift them to the Guatemalans.


29 posted on 01/06/2005 7:21:45 PM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: genefromjersey
Is that Charo?


30 posted on 01/06/2005 7:23:20 PM PST by PFC
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To: nonliberal
Do you know there's such a labor shortage in Mexico, they have to bring in Guatemalans to do the jobs Mexicans won't do?
31 posted on 01/06/2005 7:25:52 PM PST by investigateworld (( just telling the truth ! ))
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To: investigateworld

They also have troops on their southern border to keep the Guatemalans from crossing illegally.


32 posted on 01/06/2005 7:28:15 PM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: nonliberal
All nations have the right to protect themselves (unless it's the USA)
I just like to throw out the Guatemalan factoid to tick-off the OBL.
33 posted on 01/06/2005 7:31:54 PM PST by investigateworld (( just telling the truth ! ))
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To: PFC

I'm not positive or anything, but that lady in the purple dress might be wearing a thong.


34 posted on 01/06/2005 8:00:39 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: VU4G10

The Mexi-pests went too far on this one. Their ham handed arrogance is awakening a sleeping giant. Hillary Clinton is a leading indicator that something is astir.


35 posted on 01/06/2005 8:24:34 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: Happy2BMe

You are really good at posting things Happy! I'd like to get ahold of one of those books but we aren't planning to go down there right now.


36 posted on 01/06/2005 9:19:49 PM PST by potlatch (Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: NorCalRepub

or....a batter question:
How can anyone in this administration stand in front of a TV camera and speak with a straight face about "homeland security"?


37 posted on 01/07/2005 5:50:31 AM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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