Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Law States...

New Mexico Will Now Host Border Governors Meeting

Published July 15, 2010
Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico will host a meeting of U.S. and Mexican border governors, providing a new venue for a conference that was scrapped in Arizona because of a dispute over its new immigration enforcement law.

However, the governors of Arizona and Texas will not attend the rescheduled meeting.

The meeting will be held in Santa Fe in late September, according to Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson.

The governors of six Mexican states are expected to attend, he said Thursday.

"Obviously, all border governors are welcome and encouraged to attend, although the governors of Arizona and Texas have said they are not interested in joining a dialogue with their border colleagues," Gallegos said in a statement.

Richardson's announcement of the border governors' meeting came as a federal judge in Phoenix considered a lawsuit against the Arizona law, which takes effect July 29 unless blocked by a court.

The law requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, called off the meeting in Phoenix after the Mexican governors planned to boycott it because of Arizona's new immigration law.

The Mexican governors said in a June letter that Arizona's law violated civil rights and they suggested moving the conference to another state.
...Mexican governors said Arizona's law violated civil rights? Do you know what it is like in Mexico regarding police questioning somebody regarding their immigration status?
Google it:
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)

In one six-month period from September 2008 through February 2009, at
least 9,758 migrants were kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico — 91 of them
with the direct participation of Mexican police, a report by the National Human
Rights Commission said. Other migrants are routinely stopped and shaken down for bribes, it said.

In 2008, Mexico softened the punishment for illegal immigrants, from a maximum
10 years in prison to a maximum fine of $461. Most detainees are taken to
detention centers and put on buses for home.

Mexican law calls for six to 12 years of prison and up to $46,000 in fines for anyone who shelters or transports illegal immigrants. The (Mexico) Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the law applies only to people who do it for money.
...Americans are generally, not harassed by the police - because they are tourists spending money. However, as a Guatemalan, one that passes through Mexico to take money home from the United States. Believe me, Mexican police know what a Guatemalteco looks like.

1 comment:

Patti said...

can you re-post that funny cartoon video about the Americans trying to move to Mexico? Remember that one?