Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Mexican Immigration Laws


Even the NYT had to print that despite protests and boycotts, most Americans support Arizona's new illegal immigrant law.

But, since even the Mexican government is being so outspoken against Arizona's "It's illegal to be here illegally" Bill -let's take a look at what would happen to you (an American citizen) if you should sneak over their border...

  • Foreigners are admitted into Mexico "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress."

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • The Secretary of Governance may "suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest."

  • 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 to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants.

  • A National Population Registry keeps track of "every single individual who comprises the population of the country," and verifies each individual's identity.
    A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number.
  • 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.

  • Foreigners who sign government documents "with a signature that is false or different is subject to fine and imprisonment.

  • 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.

  • Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.

  • Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison . 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 States… "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." (source)

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