Felipe Calderone. Harvard man. Racist. Open borders progressive - as long as it's not his southern border.
As an Arizonan, I'm disgusted at our President standing there and not defending Arizona and it's law which is less strict than Federal Law. I'm also disgusted at half the Congress for giving Calderone a standing ovation. You all take a look at who stood up and vote those people out of congress! Actions should have consequences so make them pay.
My new friend BJinAmerica wrote this article yesterday:
Yesterday, the President of Mexico took the opportunity of a White House Press Conference to share his opinion of Arizona’s attempts to solve the rise in crime it’s experiencing due to an open Southern border. Obama looked on as President Felipe Calderón criticized Arizona law in front of foreign and American reporters. Obama followed with some comments of his own. The event had a very unreal quality about it. You can watch some of it here:
Calderón comes from a political family, and he is no novice to diplomatic decorum. He earned degrees in both law and economics in Mexico before going to Harvard University. When he returned to Mexico, he proved himself a capable and gifted politician as he advanced from one position to the next honing his executive skills. He has always seemed more savvy, discreet, capable, and diplomatic than his actions showed yesterday. The whole episode was confusing – until I woke up.
I now realize we were treated to a dog and pony show, sanctioned by the White House. Perhaps Chitown Rahm even whispered in Calderon’s ear and gave him a wink and a nod. It’s more than possible that the statement was suggested or at least sanctioned. I mean what foreign diplomat uses a White House photo op to criticize an American law and American citizens? It was uncouth, and Calderón is getting much criticism on numerous blogs for his actions. (Another sacrifice for President Obeyme, but this one will hurt Mexico tourism.)
As for the POTUS, he stood there and allowed a foreign President to criticize an Arizona state law that mirrors our federal law on immigration. Calderón said, “such laws as the Arizona law that is forcing our people to face discrimination.” What did Obama have to say in response? He said a “fair reading” of the law, which suggested that he has read the legislation, unlike his Attorney General last week. Obama says he fears “harassment” and believes the judgments law enforcement would need to apply the law are “troublesome.” He said the Justice Department is looking at the legislation to make sure it’s consistent with “existing legal precedent.”
Legal precedent? That’s a good idea, MR President. Given how you and yours have a soft spot for international law, let’s look at how Mexico treats foreigners, including legal and illegal immigrants. It turns out Mexico has stricter immigration laws than the United States of America. These laws are contained in Mexico’s Constitution and Mexico’s Immigration Law (General Law on Population). Mexico’s laws answer at least ten important immigration questions.
1.) What immigrants are welcome in Mexico?
• Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society. Foreigners admitted “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32) Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance.” (Article 34)
• Foreigners may be barred if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when deemed detrimental to “economic/ national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they break Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically/ mentally healthy.” (Article 37)
2.) How does Mexico track its immigrants?
• Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country: Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
• A National Population Registry tracks “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 & 86)
• A National Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).
3.) What happens to foreigners using false papers/ pretenses to enter?
• Foreigners who use fake papers or false pretenses to enter Mexico may be imprisoned.
• Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
• Foreigners who sign government documents “with a signature that is false or different from that normally used” are subject to fine & imprisonment. (Article 116)
4.) What happens to foreigners in Mexico who break its immigration laws?
• Foreigners who fail to obey the rules are fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons. Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
• Foreigners who are deported and attempt to re-enter without authorization can be imprisoned up to 10 years. (Article 118)
• Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121).
• Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working without a permit — can also be imprisoned.
5.) What’s Mexico’s penalty for illegal immigration?
• Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony.The General Law on Population says: “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)
• Those with legal immigration issues may be deported not imprisoned. (Article 125) Foreigners who work against national sovereignty/security are deported. (Article 126)
6.) What happens to Mexican citizens who break Mexico’s immigration laws?
• Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter Mexico are considered criminals.
• A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
• Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)
7.) How do non-citizens participate in Mexican political Life?
• The Mexican Constitution forbids non-citizens to participate in the country’s political life. Non-citizens are forbidden to participate in demonstrations or express opinions in public about domestic politics. Article 9 states, “only citizens of the Republic may do so to take part in the political affairs of the country.”
“Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” (Article 33)
8.) What property rights do foreigners have in Mexico?
• The Mexican Constitution denies fundamental property rights to foreigners. If foreigners wish to have certain property rights, they must renounce the protection of their own governments or risk confiscation. Foreigners are forbidden to own land in Mexico within 100 kilometers of land borders or within 50 kilometers of the coast. “Only Mexicans by birth or naturalization and Mexican companies have the right to acquire ownership of lands, waters, and their appurtenances, or to obtain concessions for the exploitation of mines or of waters.” (Article 27)
• The State may grant the same right to foreigners, provided they agree before the Ministry of Foreign Relations to consider themselves as nationals in respect to such property, and bind themselves not to invoke the protection of their governments in matters relating thereto; under penalty, in case of noncompliance with this agreement, of forfeiture of the property acquired to the Nation.
• Under no circumstances may foreigners acquire direct ownership of lands or waters within a zone of one hundred kilometers along the frontiers and of fifty kilometers along the Shores of the country.
9.) What employment rights do immigrants enjoy in Mexico?
• The Mexican Constitution denies equal employment rights to immigrants (even legal ones) in the public sector. Mexicans have priority over foreigners “under equality of circumstances for all classes of concessions and for all employment, positions, or commissions of the Government in which the status of citizenship is not indispensable.” In peacetime no foreigner can serve in the Army nor in the police/ public security forces.” (Article 32)
10. What citizenship rights do immigrants enjoy once they are naturalized?
• The Mexican Constitution guarantees that immigrants will never be treated as real Mexican citizens, even if they are legally naturalized. Foreigners, immigrants, and even naturalized citizens of Mexico are banned from serving as military officers, Mexican-flagged ship and airline crew, and chiefs of seaports and airports. (Article 32)
• In order to belong to the National Navy or the Air Force, and to discharge any office or commission, it is required to be a Mexican by birth. This same status is indispensable for captains, pilots, masters, engineers, mechanics, and in general, for all personnel of the crew of any vessel or airship protected by the Mexican merchant flag or insignia.
• An immigrant who becomes a naturalized Mexican citizen can be stripped of his Mexican citizenship if he lives again in the country of his origin for more than five years. (Article 37) Mexican-born citizens risk no such loss.
• Foreign-born, naturalized Mexican citizens may not become federal lawmakers (Article 55), cabinet secretaries (Article 91) or supreme court justices (Article 95).
• The president of Mexico must be a Mexican citizen by birth AND his parents must also be Mexican-born citizens (Article 82), thus giving secondary status to Mexican-born citizens born of immigrants.
• The Mexican constitution singles out “undesirable aliens.” Article 11 guarantees federal protection against “undesirable aliens resident in the country.”
• The Mexican constitution states that foreigners may be expelled for any reason and without due process. According to Article 33, “the Federal Executive shall have the exclusive power to compel any foreigner whose remaining he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action.”
Here is Arizona Governor Jan Brewer sharing her feelings on the issue:
The Obama-Calderón Tag Team was very memorable;it will take us years to push it from our collective memory and forget it. We have a President who holds his country and its citizens in contempt. The POTUS did not mention the murders, kidnappings, drug and human trafficking on the US-Mexico border, but then we’ve become accustomed to him holding our great country in low regard so that it mirrors his own meager capabilities.
He has distinguished himself as the one and only US President, who bows to our enemies as he systematically dismantles our economy, security, and achievements on his never ending apology tour. The fact that he allowed a foreigner in the Rose Garden to slam the USA was small potatoes in comparison to the countless ways he and his minions are working overtime to de-develop our country. It’s ok; we are a resilient people, and we look forward to November. It is just around the corner.
I can see November from my house!