Skip to comments.Mexico Law Worth Copying
Posted on 07/30/2006 12:18:49 PM PDT by quidnunc
Elginite and former U46 school board member Douglas Heaton asked for a simple explanation of what Elgin police are doing locally to enforce immigration laws. He was met with silence, at least until newspaper articles about his frustration at the lack of response were published.
One would think that a city council that hurried along a proposed ordinance seeking acceptance of a Matricula card as a valid form of identification locally would at least treat a request from one of its citizens with the same dispatch.
Heaton got his response, and although it was not what he had hoped for, it probably was what he expected. But at least the issue is in the public view for reasonable discussion.
Immigration is the normal and lawful influx of foreign nationals into a country. Immigration is not the issue in America, and no attempt to paint people like Heaton as xenophobes can be successful. The issue is illegal immigration and how to deal with it in an enlightened and compassionate way.
At a recent rally in Chicago for immigration rights, a young person held up a sign reading, "A human being cannot be illegal." Compelling, but unfortunately incorrect, at least in the view of one nation's laws: Mexico.
Many Americans would dearly love to adopt Mexican law on immigration for our own, although that nation presses for Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.
According to CenterforSecurityPolicy.org., Mexican immigration law holds it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico. In fact, Mexico annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does.
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; are not destined to be burdens on society; of economic and social benefit to society; of good character, with no criminal record; and are contributors to the general well-being of the nation.
Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials havent been sharing that idea with us as they press for our Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.
Thats 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, its noteworthy that nobody has argued that the US 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 countrys 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 noncitizens, illegal and illegal. Under the constitution, the Ley General de Población, or General Law on Population, spells out specifically the countrys immigration policy.
(J. Michael Waller in the Center for Security Policy, April 2006)
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And Mexicans shouldn't be allowed to own oceanfront property here either!.....LOL
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