No Tit for Tat Here
by Marilyn Mackenzie
When the question of how to handle illegal immigration in the U.S. comes up, I always remind people that other countries do not welcome illegal immigrants like we do here.Â I know that ten or more years ago, I researched moving to Canada and was suprised at the requirements that included:Â 1) having a real job secured before crossing the border or 2) having $10,000 at your disposal to help with one's daily needs while searching for a job.Â I have not researched Canada's requirements at present, nor had I researched Mexico's requirements for establishing residency.Â But I knew that I was correct in assuming that we were the most lax in this regard.
This morning I received one of my News with Views emails, and in was an article about Mexico's stand on illegal immigration in their own country.Â
Here's some of that article by John W. Slagle:
Â "Recently Mexican President Calderon has been very outspoken, critical on U.S. Immigration law enforcement efforts and supports Amnesty for all illegal aliens from Mexico residing, working in this nation.
Contrary to popular belief, Mexico has very strict immigration laws which are enforced by every police agency in the country. The Bureau of Immigration can call upon any law enforcement officer to assist in their mission. Citizens from the United States traveling in Mexico without proper documents, work permits or non immigrant visas are subject to arrest as illegal aliens."
The article specifies some of theÂ rules and the punishments:
"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.
Foreigners who sign government documents "with a signature that is false or different is subject to fine and imprisonment.
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.
Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.
Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison . Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico -- such as working with out a permit -- can also be imprisoned. "
The articleÂ also states:
"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."Â Â
I don't know about you, but I wonder why Mexico's harsh treatment of illigal immigrants is never mentioned when advocates for open borders talk about our immigration laws being too strict.Â Â I wonder why, when other countries around the world have laws and border controls, the United States is supposed to suspend our laws and welcome everyone and anyone, plus their friends and families.Â Why is it considered appropriate for illegal immigrants toÂ ignore our laws?
To read all of Slagle's article:Â http://www.newswithviews.com/Slagle/john18.htm