The United States of America has always been a land of immigrants . But there’s a different attitude from the new wave of immigrants that’s been coming to the country in the recent decades thanks to the voter-hungry kowtowing politicians in Washington D.C. who set the tone on how the new immigrants should behave inside the country.
In the past, immigrants leave their home country to become an American. They learn the language, they learn the American trademark of ‘can-do-attitude’, they were curious about its history and learn what makes it great – the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. They strip themselves of their past beliefs and embrace wholeheartedly the idea of becoming an American, allegiance to the flag, one nation , under God.
But America today is not only facing an illegal immigration crisis, it’s also facing an American-identity crisis. With the immigration debate going on right now, politicians in Washington are not thinking of what’s good for America anymore but they are thinking only of the next election and how they can get the votes from the illegals. But if immigrants believe their own home country should have strict immigration laws, why is it wrong for America to do the same thing? Why is it wrong for America to protect its border? Why is it okay for Mexico to secure their borders but not the U.S.?
|MEXICO’S IMMIGRATION LAW:
(a.k.a. General Law on Population)
|• Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
– Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “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” and for their dependents. (Article 34)
– Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)
– The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38) • 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 keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
– A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).• Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, 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 which he normally uses” are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)• Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be 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 from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for 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 with out a permit — can also be imprisoned.• 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)
– Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
– Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)• Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:
– 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)
|• The Mexican constitution expressly 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.” Article 33 is unambiguous: “Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.”• 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.Article 27 states, “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. 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.” (Emphasis added)
• The Mexican constitution denies equal employment rights to immigrants, even legal
ones, in the public sector. “Mexicans shall 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 time of peace no foreigner can serve in the Army nor in the police or public security forces.” (Article 32)• The Mexican constitution guarantees that immigrants will never be treated as real Mexican citizens, even if they are legally naturalized.
Article 32 bans foreigners, immigrants, and even naturalized citizens of Mexico from serving as military officers, Mexican-flagged ship and airline crew, and chiefs of seaports and airports:“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. It is also necessary to be Mexican by birth to discharge the position of captain of the port and all services of practique and airport commandant, as well as all functions of customs agent in the Republic.”• 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, under 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 provides the right of private individuals to make citizen’s arrests.
• The Mexican constitution states that foreigners may be expelled for any reason and without due process.
Since the 1990s, through Bill Clinton’s obsession on multiculturalism’ or cultural diversity, immigrants have been getting a new message straight from Washington – the message it’s okay not to assimilate, the message it’s okay not to embrace what is considered an American. Today, America has become so diverse everybody is hyphenated and assigned to a specific race group. Not even Europe and Canada group their own citizens like America does. You never hear them calling their immigrants as African-British or Indian-Canadian. Only America does that.
In America today, the new identity is no longer being an American, the new identity is national origin or skin color. As Jesus said, ” A house divided against itself cannot stand.” And thanks to voter-hungry politicians in Washington who believe in the use of immigration-bribery policy, as long as there’s no immigration policy that will put and protect America first, securing the border before any amnesty and a call to push for assimilation and use of English as the main language, the American identity will become such a blur in the future that nobody would be able to define what is an American.
Immigrants may never share the same depth of love and patriotism for America the way Americans have for this country but they have to remember that America did not choose them, they chose America. Same way that a biological child will have a different sense of belongingness and love for his own family, an adopted child cannot help but feel a certain void and would feel at first out of place within his adopted family. But as the adopted child grows up, he willingly open up his heart to love and embrace everything that his adopted family stands for. Not only will he take the name of that family as his, he will soon talk, act, behave and think like that family.
That’s how immigrants should act towards America. They should willingly open up their hearts to love and embrace everything that America stands for and join the American people in building the country and and protecting its border. Everyone knows America is loved by immigrants because it’s the most prosperous country in the world. But to continue to prosper, immigrants should do their part. Immigration laws should be an America-first policy, not politicians first nor foreigners first whether legal or illegal.
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