Physician heal thyself - Mexico and illegal immigration

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From FOX News:
Mexican Hypocrisy? U.S. Neighbor Has Its Own Tough Take on Immigration
Mexican President Felipe Calderon says his government "cannot and will not remain indifferent" in the face of Arizona's new immigration enforcement law, which he says violates human rights. But Mexico itself has "incredibly restrictive" immigration laws, experts told FoxNews.com.

When Arizona's law goes into effect this summer, law enforcement officers in the state will be required to verify the immigration status of individuals they suspect are in the country illegally. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder quickly criticized the law despite its popularity in Arizona, and a referendum drive and a lawsuit have emerged as potential roadblocks to it.

But Calderon's objection has riled some immigration policy experts, who called his take on the measure misguided given Mexico's policies on unauthorized residents, particularly how the country deals with illegal entry and foreign ownership of property.

"It shows more than anything else that Mexico's restrictive immigration policies have kept that country poor and in conflict for years," said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based conservative think tank. "The United States should not try to emulate that."

Before last year, when Mexican immigration law was amended, the penalties for entering Mexico illegally ranged from fines to imprisonment for up to two years, followed by deportation. The law now allows for fines up to 5700 pesos (roughly $470), and a $400 fine for overstaying on a visa.
A bit more:
Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin said Mexico's immigration laws are "far more draconian" than those in the United States, adding that Mexican authorities can "exercise any discretion" regarding deportations.
Curious how the 'progressives' will wail and gnash their teeth when Arizona steps up to the plate to defend itself but they are silent as a tomb when it comes to looking at a neighboring nation. The Democrat strategy is plain and simple. Get these people into our Nation, get them voting rights and get them adicted to Welfare. The Democrats are creating an under-class that is cheap to maintain, will never get 'uppity' and will vote solidly for the Democratic party for the rest of their lives. This is the same thing that Lyndon Baines Johnson did with his Great Society and America's Black population and we all know how well that went over...

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