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Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused Arizona of opening the door "to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement." But Arizona has nothing on Mexico when it comes to cracking down on illegal aliens. While open-borders activists decry new enforcement measures signed into law in "Nazi-zona" last week, they remain deaf, dumb or willfully blind to the unapologetically restrictionist policies of our neighbors to the south.

The Arizona law bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to complete and carry an alien registration document, and allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they are in the U.S. legally. If those rules constitute the racist, fascist, xenophobic, inhumane regime that the National Council of La Raza, Al Sharpton, Catholic bishops and their grievance-mongering followers claim, then what about these regulations and restrictions imposed on foreigners?

— The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset "the equilibrium of the national demographics." How's that for racial and ethnic profiling?

— If outsiders do not enhance the country's "economic or national interests" or are "not found to be physically or mentally healthy," they are not welcome. Neither are those who show "contempt against national sovereignty or security." They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories. Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.

— Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years' imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years' imprisonment. Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process and the endless bites at the litigation apple that illegal aliens are afforded in our country (see, for example, President Obama's illegal alien aunt — a fugitive from deportation for eight years who is awaiting a second decision on her previously rejected asylum claim).

— Law enforcement officials at all levels — by national mandate — must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations.

The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizens' arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

— Ready to show your papers? Mexico's National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens' identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.

All of these provisions are enshrined in Mexico's Ley General de Poblaci¢n (General Law of the Population) and were spotlighted in a 2006 research paper published by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy. There's been no public clamor for "comprehensive immigration reform" in Mexico, however, because pro-illegal alien speech by outsiders is prohibited.

Consider: Open-borders protesters marched freely at the Capitol building in Arizona, comparing GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to Hitler, waving Mexican flags, advocating that demonstrators "Smash the State," and holding signs that proclaimed "No human is illegal" and "We have rights."

But under the Mexican constitution, such political speech by foreigners is banned. Noncitizens cannot "in any way participate in the political affairs of the country." In fact, a plethora of Mexican statutes enacted by its congress limit the participation of foreign nationals and companies in everything from investment, education, mining and civil aviation to electric energy and firearms. Foreigners have severely limited private property and employment rights (if any).

As for abuse, the Mexican government is notorious for its abuse of Central American illegal aliens who attempt to violate Mexico's southern border. The Red Cross has protested rampant Mexican police corruption, intimidation and bribery schemes targeting illegal aliens there for years. Mexico didn't respond by granting mass amnesty to illegal aliens, as it is demanding that we do. It clamped down on its borders even further. In late 2008, the Mexican government launched an aggressive deportation plan to curtain illegal Cuban immigration and human trafficking through Cancun.

Meanwhile, Mexican consular offices in the United States have coordinated with left-wing social justice groups and the Catholic Church leadership to demand a moratorium on all deportations and a freeze on all employment raids across America.

Mexico is doing the job Arizona is now doing — a job the U.S. government has failed miserably to do: putting its people first. Here's the proper rejoinder to all the hysterical demagogues in Mexico (and their sympathizers here on American soil) now calling for boycotts and invoking Jim Crow laws, apartheid and the Holocaust because Arizona has taken its sovereignty into its own hands:


Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is



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Why aren't we seeing this stuff on the front page of every news rag instead of the picture of that raciest Sharpton and the lawerys who want the system to defend these illegals and then bill us for their defence.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Roland Young
Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:30 AM
Thank you for demonstrating how draconian their immigration laws are by comparison. I am looking for these criteria on an official Mexican website but not finding them - can anyone point me in their direction?
Comment: #2
Posted by: Corey Sterner
Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:07 AM
To see Mexico's Immigration law in the original Spanish visit
and download the PDF file. Google will give a very rough translation of that document. I would like to see an authoritative translation published on the net.
Comment: #3
Posted by: An Old Man
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:27 AM
Good job, Michelle! Obviously, the Mexican gov't does not operate any "official" web-sites regarding these laws. Too bad, so sad! Like to learn more, guess we need to learn to habla! I live on my sailboat in the USVI and learned a long time ago, the less American citizens know it seems the better off the rest of the world is! lmao!! I feel sorry for anyonewho lives in the USofA today.
Comment: #4
Posted by: bill s
Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:07 AM

Those Laws were enacted by Freemasons.

They are designed to keep anti-freemason activists out of Mexico.

Comment: #5
Posted by: Pablo
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:40 AM
Good article and very true. In addition to everything you've already pointed out, the enforcement of Mexico's southern border is tighter than shoes 3 sizes too small. The best thing that someone illegally crossing from Central America could hope for is to have somebody report them for deportation and as I'm told, this is not an uncommon practice in that part of Mexico. Worst case scenario is to get caught crossing illegally by the Mexican authorities who will all but shoot on site and again, probably not terribly surprising to anybody if that happens either.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Terry H
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:16 AM
the reason you don't hereof this story on the front page of our newspapers and local news stations is bacuase the majority of these companies are owned and ran by liberal idiots and they won't report the truth that might hurt there front line arguements about being a conservative.
Comment: #7
Posted by: michael finn
Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:42 PM
I would love to see my "sanctuary state" (CA) publish this in the local newspapers. Of course this will never happen as the ilegal alien activists rule. I will send this site to everyone I know.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Bobbi Campbell
Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:13 PM
Re: Roland Young Very good and i agree!!!!
Comment: #9
Posted by: Tom Whyte
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:07 AM
Excuse Meeeeee!!!!! when these people gather for a rally why don't the police,immigration officers, etc round them u and take them back to mexico??????? and the problem in the child of illegals should be sent back with them. anyone BORN here of illegal parents are NOT AMERICANS automatically!!!!
Comment: #10
Posted by: Tom Whyte
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:12 AM
Most of the illegal immigrants to Mexico are usually on their way to the USA so their anti immigration laws were designed to protect our borders.
Comment: #11
Posted by: way2sexy
Sat May 8, 2010 6:56 AM
Why is it articles like this never make it to mass media. I know any american in thier right mind would not be in Mexico Illegally, and if they were ther illegally the consequences are more severe than being in this country Illegally.

I believe every person should have an opportunity to provide as much for thier families as possible. Obviously the aforementioned is not happening for illegals in this country from not just Mexico, but other countries as well. My answer is simple, know before you come to this country that it is expensive to be an american and if you can not afford to pay your way as an american, do not expect any benefits for yourself or your children.

One way to trim a portion of the national debt is to stop providing for people who do not deserve the benefits of being american. If illegals want to complain, complain about why your country of origin sucks. We might listen then, instead of being outraged by what is widely viewed as contempt for american law.
Comment: #12
Posted by: Ray Evans
Tue May 11, 2010 12:46 PM
It is very difficult for us Americans to accept that we are in this financial bind because of corruption and gross miss management. Conservatives love to point the finger at spin-thrift liberals but ignore Trillions of dollars going to AIG, GM, and a handful of banks. Now we will need to support all those people the oil companies displaced. Halburton and other war gear manufactures continue to make hundreds of billions of dollars in profits. If the US could kick out all 10 million estimated illegal aliens, we would still be heading quickly into chaos and the republicans would just as easily pick up the next group to target as the culprit. This is clearly a "wagging-the-dog" political detour. The cost of illegals is a drop in the bucket compared to escalating greed and corruption. Mexico is rarely used as an example for American Laws. Mexico law does not make it legal to pick up and detain someone for an indefinite time because they say a word that is common in Guatemala or because their attire is similar to that of a region in Costa Rica. Until Arizona defines their law, that is a possibility. Mexico also does not have people living and working there for decades while they try to become citizens. Immigration laws should be improved. They will not be improved because Republicans will not go after employers for the cost of schooling, police, roads, and medical costs for every illegal they employ and the rest of us do not want to carry a citizenship card. It is so much easier to rip families apart by catapulting people over the border who have been workers and providers for other citizens for decades.
Comment: #13
Posted by: Tom Rodgers Jr
Sun Jun 6, 2010 11:52 AM
Comment: #14
Posted by: MADEA
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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