The President of Mexico scolded Barack Obama this morning about the new Illegal Alien law in Arizona and Obama, of course, apologized.
I thought I’d take some time today to do some research on how friendly the southern border of Mexico is to the illegals coming in from Guatamela and Honduras.
(New York Times) 11 June 2006 — Mexico Worries About Its Own Southern Border
Quiet as it is kept in political circles, Mexico, so much the focus of the United States’ immigration debate, has its own set of immigration problems. And as elected officials from President Vicente Fox on down denounce Washington’s plans to deploy troops and build more walls along the United States border, Mexico has begun a re-examination of its own policies and prejudices.
Here at Mexico’s own southern edge, Guatemalans cross legally and illegally to do jobs that Mexicans departing for the north no longer want. And hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from nearly two dozen other countries, including China, Ecuador, Cuba and Somalia, pass through on their way to the United States.
Dense jungle makes establishing an effective law enforcement presence along the line impossible. Crossing the border is often as easy as hopping a fence or rafting for 10 minutes. But, under pressure from the United States, Mexico has steadily increased checkpoints along highways at the border including several posts with military forces.
The Mexican authorities report that detentions and deportations have risen in the past four years by an estimated 74 percent, to 240,000, nearly half along the southern border. But they acknowledged there had also been a boom in immigrant smuggling and increased incidents of abuses and attacks by corrupt law enforcement officials, vigilantes and bandits. Meanwhile, the waves of migrants continue to grow.
06 September 2005 – “A Just Cause”: Central American Migrants and Mexico’s Southern Border
In June of 2001 the Mexican government announced the South Plan (Plan Sur) to regulate Central Ameri-can migration along its southern border. In just 15 days following this announcement, 6,000 people on Mexico’s southern border were deported.
31 August 2009 – Border fence said to reduce illegal border crossings
Cecilia Romero-Castillo, head of Mexico’s National Immigration Agency, said that the flow of Central Americans into Mexico and the migratory flow into the United States have both decreased because of the border fence being built “on the border of that country” and also because of the world economic crisis, “as well as the anti-immigrant policies which have been implemented in the neighbor country to the north.”
31 August 2009 – Mexico City suburb asks for help re illegal aliens
Tultitlan, Mexico city officials have asked the state government for assistance to “contain, assist and control the massive migration of Central Americans which has flooded the railroad areas and has generated unsanitary problems, begging, overcrowding of routes and criminality bordering on people trafficking, prostitution and kidnapping.” The police commander said that these persons are mainly from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
31 December 2005 – TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico
Gunmen opened fire on an immigration booth near the border with Guatemala, killing an immigration official inside, officials said Friday.
Noel Munoz, 43, was killed Thursday in Huehuetan as several of his co-workers watched helplessly from nearby booths, said Jose Domingo, a spokesman for the state Attorney Generals office.
The gunmen got out of a car and opened fire on Munoz at close range, Domingo said.
01 July 2002 – Abuses Suffered by Illegal Aliens at Mexico’s Southern Border
Aliens, their embassies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), international agencies, and Mexico’s migrant-protection Beta Groups find that most abuses suffered by immigrants entering Mexico take place along its 600-mile border with Guatemala, with far fewer crimes committed on the frontier between Quintana Roo and Belize. That the army, which is more professional than most Mexican police forces, makes most of the arrests in Quintana Roo (where it is deployed to combat drug trafficking) may explain the lower incidence of wrongdoing in this state. Still, the region is awash in newcomers. For example, tens of thousands of illegal aliens live in the Tulum-Cancun “Maya Rivera” in Quintana Roo.7
01 July 2002 – Reforms Attempted by the Fox Administration
Upon taking office, Fox realized the hypocrisy of demanding a crackdown on human rights abuses in the United States, when undocumented workers were egregiously victimized in Mexico. As a result, his administration announced several reforms.
Here is an interesting story from Spain…
(Reuters) 25 Dec 2006 – Migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence.
A group of illegal migrants tried in vain to scale a 6-metre (20-foot) fence between northern Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Monday and 40 of them were arrested, Moroccan state news agency MAP reported.
Three waves of migrants stormed the razor-wire barrier, MAP cited local police as saying, awakening memories of similar assaults since October last year in which at least eight people have been shot dead.
Morocco has called for help managing the migrants. In August the European Union gave it 76 million euros ($100 million) to help manage migration, boost border security and crack down on human trafficking.
The kingdom has deported thousands of the migrants and the authorities say they have broken up more than 360 human trafficking gangs this year.
Statement excerpt from the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
We believe that the people of this nation are being betrayed on several fronts by our leaders’ attitudes toward immigration laws. The effects of the policies they propose are so predictably, demonstrably bad that there is no credible justification for them. Callous indifference to the effects on Americans is the only possible explanation.
Every American is entitled to expect that his government will protect him from malign influences. Immigration laws are one of the tools to do that. The current administration, and others before it, have ignored their duty to protect with respect to enforcement of our immigration laws. Now, we see an administration that is not just ignoring that duty, but abandoning it entirely and inviting among us the very things that immigration laws ought to protect us from.
The United States does not exist for the benefit of foreign nations or foreign people; that is not why our country was formed and it is not why our soldiers have bled and died. It is not the duty of Americans to bail out other lands that have not or will not help themselves by being a pressure relief for their social ills.
Two things come to mind when studying this subject. First is from the Bible.
Matthew 7 New American Standard Bible
3 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
“Clean up your own backyard before you go complaining about someone else’s,” My mother and grandmother’s paraphrase of this concept.
America, this article is a perfect example of why Barack Obama wants you to stay off the Ipad and the Internet. He wants his radical and often unfactual statements to stand unchecked by the citizens.
It’s all out there, look it up. Don’t be ignorant.