Reminder: How Mexico Treats ‘Undesirable’ Foreigners


American politicians in both parties are stampeding all over themselves to pander to Mexico and adopt mass illegal alien amnesty schemes. But while the Mexican government lobbies for more “humane” treatment of illegal border crossers from their country into ours, Mexico remains notoriously restrictionist toward “undesirable” foreigners who break their laws or threaten their security.

Despite widely touted immigration “reforms” adopted in 2011, Mexico still puts Mexico first — as any country that is serious about protecting its sovereignty should and would.

Article 33 of Mexico’s constitution establishes the right of the president to detain and deport “any foreigner” and prohibits foreigners from participating “in any way” in the political affairs of the country.

While you read this passage, dwell on the demagogic rhetoric of meddling Mexican consular officials and lobbyists who assail America for its (poorly enforced) detention and deportation policies:

The President of the Republic shall have the power to expel from national territory any foreigner, according to the law and after a hearing. The law shall establish the administrative procedure for this purpose, as well as the place where the foreigner should be detained and the time for that. Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.

Article 32 of Mexico’s constitution unapologetically bans non-native born residents from holding sensitive jobs and joining the country’s military. Preference is given unabashedly to Mexicans over foreigners.

While you read this passage, contemplate the inexorable push by open-borders groups to secure illegal alien “rights” to American jobs, American military assignments, American driver’s licenses, discounted U.S. college tuition and Obamacare:

Only Mexicans by birth can perform all government employments, positions, or commissions in which the status of citizenship is indispensable. During peacetime, foreigners shall neither serve in the Army nor in the police bodies. During peacetime, only Mexicans by birth can serve in the Army, in the Navy or in the Air Force as well can perform any employment or commission within such corporations.

The same condition applies to captains, pilots, skippers, ship engineers, flight engineers and, in general, to every crew member in a ship or an airplane carrying the Mexican flag. In the same way, only Mexicans by birth can be port harbormasters, steersmen and airport superintendents.

Mexicans shall have priority over foreigners, under equal circumstances, for all kind of concessions, employments, positions or commissions of the government in which the status of citizenship is not indispensable.

While amnesty advocates and civil liberties zealots in the U.S. decry “police state” tactics against illegal aliens, Mexico fiercely maintains laws against illegal border crossings; “verification visits” to enforce visa conditions; requirements that foreigners produce proof of legal status on demand; and enforcement and cooperation between and among immigration officials and law enforcement authorities at all levels in Mexico. Native-born Mexicans are also empowered to make citizens arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

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 at any time. And for those seeking permanent residency or naturalization, Mexico requires that 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.

Applicants are assessed based on a point system using factors such as level of education, employment experience, and scientific and technological knowledge. Property acquisition and ownership by foreigners is still severely restricted. Mexican corporations are banned from hiring illegal aliens.

Exit question: If such self-interested “nativism” is right and good for the protection and survival of Mexico, why not for the United States?

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  • cynthia curran

    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 at any time. And for those seeking permanent residency or naturalization, Mexico requires that 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. Everyone one knows that Mexico is a hyrocrate, if you told this to Mexicians in the state they have a excuse we aare not Mexico. Mexico gets 23 billion that is send backyearly.

    • Chezwick

      Talk to Central Americans who traveled through Mexico to get to the States. They have horror stories about the rapes and robberies perpetrated by the Federalies….the kind of atrocities Mexico would trumpet to high-heaven if it happened to THEIR nationals in the USA.

  • Ghostwriter

    Unlike the American Constitution,which largely grants legal immigrants and naturalized citizens the same rights as Americans,the Mexican Constitution doesn't. The Mexican Constitution doesn't allow immigrants,naturalized citizens or foreigners at large to comment on the political life of Mexico. The constitution itself bans immigrants and naturalized citizens from owning property,serving in the armed forces or as members of the clergy. They can't run for office or be elected to ANY governmental position. And how they treat illegal immigrants in Mexico,forget it. They just throw them out without any legal recourse.
    That's not how things are done in the United States. For the most part a legal immigrant or naturalized citizen is largely treated with all the rights and privileges Americans enjoy. They can own property,serve in the armed forces or as members of the clergy. They can run for just about any office or governmental position they want. In fact,the only position an immigrant or naturalized citizen CAN'T run for is President of the United States. And the Mexican government is TELLING US how WE can enforce OUR immigration laws? Maybe they should look at their own laws before telling us how we enforce ours.

    • Gee59

      Though the Constitution does in fact create a two tier citizenship for the office of President. Over 20% of American citizens are barred from the highest office in the land by their place of birth.

  • Chezwick

    The Left's patented come-back would be…

    "Mexico is a developing nation…so they deserve more latitude on issues like this."

    It's the same soft bigotry of low expectations we see directed at Muslims and others. As we can determine from such blatant double-standards coming from the Left, the illegal-immigrant issue (like so many others) it's not about justice, or ethics, or anything they claim it to be. It's about power….the building of a "new majority"…and this last election was a tell-tale exemplar of what they hope and expect.

    • Larry

      Mexico has been a developing country for a bloody long time. I wonder when countries that spend 200 years "developing" stop being developing countries and start being called what they are, failures.

      • Chezwick

        Agreed, Larry. And how about China? Under the WTO rules, China is classified as a "developing country", and thereby qualifies for certain trade and environmental exemptions not granted "developed" economies. Meanwhile, their GDP is expected to surpass ours in 3 short years.

        • Kanwi

          Agreed too. It is another form of appeasement just like the appeasement to that Sharia ideology of Islam. What ever happened to the principle of reciprocity? What is good for me is good for you and visa verso. It is well past due that actions based on reciprocity become the norm instead of appeasement. Then America will start clawing back some international and national respect.
          Kanwi.

      • Mary Sue

        well it doesn't help that they're steeped in socialism and have been for a very long time. Practically communism.

      • Rdlake1

        It's nation welfare. Why try to make it on your own, when you know that there's a money pot that never goes empty.

    • Gee59

      Mexico has been an independent country for more than 200 years now.

      • Stephen_Brady

        So has the United States. Your point is? …

        • Chezwick

          Hey amigo! Nice to see you back here. Hope all is well.

  • Frank Livingston

    I would love to have anyone that is for legalizing the illegal aliens here in the U.S. to tell me how they intend to find the thousands of Middle Eastern illegal alien terrorists that has entered the U.S. since BEFORE 9/11? These fine folks traveled to advanced terrorism training centers in Syria, Iran, Brazil, Paraguay, or Venezuela to learn English, Spanish and advanced terrorism techniques before paying $40,000 to cross over or under the border. They go to Travis County, Texas to have their names changed and they vanish into terrorist cells around military installations, high value and strategic important facilities.
    We will fix the immigration problem when our useless politicians begin holding hearings on our enemy, the same enemy Obama, Bush, Clinton and others have ignored and that is the Muslim Brotherhood. If you would like to read their plan simply order a copy of it from Amazon. The document, An Explanatory Memorandum From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America was presented in the largest terrorist fundraising trial in our history and that was the Holy Land Foundation trail. The documents the Muslim Brotherhood developed on how to destroy is was uncontested in trial and the appeals process however, the Obama administration DOJ has refused to prosecute the unindicted co-conspirators in it. Both the House and Senate refuse to hold hearings on it. Why?

    • Ray Burke

      Who is our most dangerous enemy?

  • cynthia curran

    It's the same soft bigotry of low expectations we see directed at Muslims and others. As we can determine from such blatant double-standards coming from the Left, the illegal-immigrant issue (like so many others) it's not about justice, or ethics, or anything they claim it to be. It's about power….the building of a "new majority"…and this last election was a tell-tale exemplar of what they hope and expect. but the right in the States is not better, listen to Raul Paul who is against e-verify who thinks employers should be able to hire who they want. Also, Paul likes guestworker programs. You hear the beef the border but no matter how you beef the border some illegals will come and cutting the job magnet is the only way to get tem to self-deport.

    • Ray Burke

      Once again, who is our most dangerous enemy?

  • Rdlake1

    We can put a rover on Mars, kill a jihadist in Afghanistan by a Predator controlled from Colorado, but can't secure our borders? Who's kidding who.

  • Rdlake1

    One female plus one male illegal in ten years equals 4 plus children.

    • TimN

      Not to mention all the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, third cousins twice removed etc. who will be on the short list since we don't want to be nasty and mean and 'break up families'

  • Barbara G.

    All I can suggest is join Numbersusa.com
    This organization was the only thing standing between us and the last amnesty that failed. These are good people and they know their business.