Mexico Publishes Guide for Illegal Aliens

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry has produced and distributed a “Guide for the Mexican Migrant” that is essentially a “how to” manual for illegal entry into the United States. Moreover, it goes further, by providing recommendations for illegal aliens on evading detection of federal authorities once in the United States. (“Avoid attracting attention,” etc.) While many Americans were shocked to find out that the Mexican government is a witting accomplice in breaking our laws, the assault on our sovereignty by Mexico has been going on for years. Indeed, the problem begins with Mexican President Vicente Fox, who openly encourages more Mexicans to head North, not only breaking our immigration laws but also trampling the spirit of citizenship and assimilation those laws were designed to foster. Fox sugarcoats his countrymen’s illegal invasion of the United States by deliberately mislabeling it a “migration” and wants us to reward lawbreakers with amnesty and dual citizenship. He refuses to call undocumented Mexicans “illegals,” telling talk-show host Sean Hannity in March 2002: “They are not illegals. They are people that come there to work, to look for a better opportunity.” And the United States is supposed to be the arrogant one in the relationship? But that’s not all. The Mexican government has a department to promote the well-being of Mexican illegals, it routinely sues to protect the rights of illegals in U.S. courts, and has so many of its citizens in the United States that it is making arrangements for them to vote in the coming Mexican elections from here. Mexico acts as an accomplice in illegal immigration because its economy is hooked on the $14.5 billion in annual remittances from Mexicans working in the United States. That’s more than Mexico earns from tourism or foreign investment and, perhaps, economically more important than its huge state-owned oil industry. Because Mexico won’t take the steps necessary to open up its statist economy, it looks to the United States to soak up excess labor. And we have. The 1986 amnesty conferred green cards on 2.8 million illegal aliens, about 2.5 million of them Mexican. Every year, about 200,000 Mexicans are allowed into America legally, three times more than we take from any other country. It is estimated that there are at least five million Mexicans living here illegally. America has been a tolerant and generous neighbor in this regard. But enough is enough. The Mexican government has expressed support for an accountable guest-worker program along the lines of that proposed by President Bush. However, such a program is simply not possible as long as the illegal invasion of America across our Southern border continues with the active support of the Mexican government. If Mexico wants to work constructively for immigration reform in general and a guest-worker system in particular, it needs to start becoming a partner in securing our border instead of an accomplice in overrunning it. Ending the distribution of the guide would be a good place to start.

In December, the Mexican government printed and distributed 1.5 million copies of a comic style guide for illegally immigrating to the United States. “By reading this guide,” says the introduction, “you can also find out about basic legal issues concerning your stay in the United States of America without the appropriate immigration documentation.” The guide provides advice for sneaking across the southern frontier of the United States. “Crossing the river can be very risky, especially if you cross alone and at night,” it says. “Heavy clothing grows heavier when wet and this makes it difficult to swim or float. . . . If you get lost, use power lines, train tracks or dirt roads as guides.” The guide instructs illegal aliens how to react, and what to demand, if they encounter U.S. law enforcement. “Do not throw stones or objects at the official or at the car, as this is considered a provocation of the officials,” it says. “Your rights are: . . . To have water and food whenever you need it. . . . Not to state your migratory status when detained.” Mexico even flagrantly advises its law-breaking nationals how best to avoid detection within the United States itself: “Avoid calling attention to yourself, at least while you arrange your stay or documents for living in the United States. . . .Avoid loud parties. . . . Avoid domestic violence. In the United States, as in Mexico, its is a crime.”