Monday, April 03, 2006

Mexico's glass house

Every country has the right and duty to restrict the quality and quantity of foreign immigrants entering or living within its borders.

If American policymakers are looking for legal models on which to base new laws restricting immigration and expelling foreign lawbreakers, they have a handy guide: the Mexican constitution.

In brief, the Mexican Constitution states that:

- Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.

- Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.

- Immigrants are denied equal employment rights.

- Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.

- Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.

- Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.

- Private citizens may make citizens arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants) and hand them to the authorities.

- Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.

For an item-by-item look at the Mexican constitution as it relates to immigration and naturalization, see my paper, "Mexico's Glass House," published by the Center for Security Policy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Dr. Waller.

Could you please post the article numbers from the Mexican Constitution as it appears in your paper. The Center for Security Policy is unavailable. Thanks!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Mark B. said...

The Mexican Constitution and laws may be a handy guide for reinventing U.S. immigration policy, but why would we want to?

In what other areas of law do we follow Mexico's lead? Is there any reason to suggest that their laws are more just, or lead to greater national prosperity?

Do you want the US to be more like Mexico?

And, as long as you're looking around for useful models, why not use the handy guide on border security used by Kim Jong Il? He seems to have got the problem solved, and perhaps we could profit by his example.

12:57 PM  
Blogger centurion said...

I fully agree on your posting. Big countries have magnanimous laws. Restrictive laws are the best indication of fear and, consequently, a weakness. Only, a country with a destiny is strong enough to support, absorb and transform immigration into a positive force. The best historical example is Rome, which was the only ancient cities that did not fear to include, first Italians and later Barbarians. The US, if it wants to prevail should learn from Rome.

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