AP Report: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.
He specifically mentioned a law that allows immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses, a law that has yet to take effect because a final decision has not been made about the appearance of the licenses.
California also allows immigrants here illegally to apply for state-funded college scholarships and aid at public universities. And earlier this month, Brown and the Democratic legislative leaders announced a plan to spend $3 million to provide legal help for the estimated 3,900 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who are in the state.
Pena Nieto said such actions signaled that California was recognizing human dignity no matter a person’s immigration status.
“The progress you have promoted not only benefits Californians because you have sent a very clear message to the U.S. and the entire world,” he said during an address in Spanish to a joint session of the Legislature.
His visit followed Brown’s trade mission to Mexico earlier this summer. The Democratic governor wants to promote greater cross-border cooperation with the country that is California’s largest export market, most notably on alternative energy projects that could help combat climate change.
In his own remarks to lawmakers, Brown said California was leading the way on such issues.
“There’s more energy from the sun in California than there is under the ground in Texas,” Brown said. “We’re not waiting here in California. We are joining hands with Mexico.”
All three things Pena said California and Brown did right for illegal immigrants, Mexico does not do. In fact Mexico is notorious for being cruel to their illegal aliens.
Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society. According to the nation’s central immigration law:
- Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.”
- Immigration officials must “ensure” that immigrants will not only be useful additions to Mexico, but that they have the necessary funds to sustain themselves and their dependents.
- Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics”; if they are deemed to be detrimental to “economic or national interests”; if they have broken Mexican laws; and if they are not found to be “physically or mentally healthy.”
- The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners” if he determines such action to be in the national interest.”
Mexican guards at the Guatemalan border, the locale for most attempts at illegal entry, are notorious for the brutality of their treatment of would-be immigrants. The guards’ use of violence, rape, and extortion against those seeking to cross into Mexico has, in fact, managed the border so well that the country has only a minimal illegal-immigration problem.
Though Mexico has condemned America’s construction of a border fence designed to prevent illegals from emigrating northward into the U.S., in September 2010 it was reported that the Mexican government was building a wall in the state of Chiapas — along the Mexican/Guatemalan border — to stop contraband from coming into Mexico.
Mexico is also notorious for its aggressive efforts to promote the illegal emigration of its own citizens into the United States. As Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald observes, Mexican officials in the U.S. and abroad are involved in a massive and almost daily effort to facilitate the passage of Mexicans into the U.S. in violation of American immigration law, and to subsequently normalize their status as quickly as possible. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=461