19 April 2006

How Immigrants Are Treated in Mexico - Robbed, Beaten and Deported

AP reports that immigrants to Mexico, ususally from Central American countries, routinely get beat, robbed and deported by Mexican law enforcement. Although immigrants to Mexico account for only .5% of the population (about 500,000 in total) they are being blamed for contributing to unemployment in certain areas of Mexico. In Mexico, illegal immigrants from other countries are robbed and then deported back to their country of origin. The Mexican government has little tolerance for undocumented workers because those workers take the jobs of Mexican citizens.

The obvious irony is that here in the US, illegal immigrants can get access to social programs, medical treatment, a well paying job and do it all without paying taxes (Oh wait - they do pay sales taxes when they buy things!).

Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money.
While migrants in the United States have held huge demonstrations in recent weeks, the hundreds of thousands of undocumented Central Americans in Mexico suffer mostly in silence.
And though Mexico demands humane treatment for its citizens who migrate to the U.S., regardless of their legal status, Mexico provides few protections for migrants on its own soil. The issue simply isn't on the country's political agenda, perhaps because migrants make up only 0.5 percent of the population, or about 500,000 people - compared with 12 percent in the United States....
While Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal said Monday that "Mexico is a country with a clear, defined and generous policy toward migrants," the nation of 105 million has legalized only 15,000 immigrants in the past five years, and many undocumented migrants who are detained are deported.

Better yet, while they're here they can demonstrate en masse, run around waving the Mexican flag and whine about how they don't have "rights." All the while never worrying about getting deported.

Mexico has no problem aggravating our country's ills by promoting illegal border crossings, but when the roles are reversed, Mexico cracks down on illegal immigration like a Stalin Purge.

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