Letters to the Editor

7/11/10 Letter-Mexico

Immigration hypocrisy

What can happen to you if you are illegal in Mexico? Under Mexican law illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.

Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.

The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," violate Mexican law, who are "physically or mentally unhealthy" or lack the "necessary funds for their sustenance."

This sounds like the kind of law a rational nation would have to protect itself against illegal immigrants, a nation that would stop and punish the very people who are violating the law.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon had the gall to denounce as "racial discrimination" an Arizona law giving state and local police the authority to arrest suspected illegal aliens and vowed to use all means at his disposal to defend Mexican nationals against a law he called a violation of human rights. As an American, I am in no mood to tolerate such arrogance that Calderon spurted forth.

Doyle Glass