Should U.S. immigration policy mirror that of other countries?

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Should U.S. immigration policy mirror that of other countries?

Ille­gal immi­gra­tion flow­ing from Mex­ico into the United States is con­trolled by the car­tels, directly or with the coop­er­a­tion of coy­otes, as InSight Crime reports,

Most coy­otes have a clear incen­tive to have at least some rela­tion­ship with the drug traf­fick­ers, even beyond the need to pay pro­tec­tion fees. Coy­otes have inti­mate knowl­edge of the ter­rain and the US author­i­ties on the other side of the bor­der, so they have highly sought-​after skills for gangs slip­ping drugs into US cities. Many spe­cial­ists in mov­ing drug ship­ments across the bor­der orig­i­nally learned their trade work­ing as coyotes.

Typ­i­cally, how­ever, they do not oper­ate as mem­bers of a given gang. Instead, they are inde­pen­dent entre­pre­neurs who will work with the traf­fick­ers opportunistically.

Peo­ple from other coun­tries who are caught trav­el­ing through Mex­ico ille­gally are vul­ner­a­ble to extor­tion, kid­nap­ping and vio­lence, as a group of 90 Cubans stranded in Mex­ico held in a deten­tion cen­ter allege.

Rather than work towards bet­ter con­di­tions, Mexico’s rul­ing class, which has failed to pro­tect its own cit­i­zens from the car­tels’ deadly human traf­fick­ing busi­ness, are offer­ing to back­log U.S. courts,

The order came from above: Mex­i­can pres­i­dent Enrique Peña Nieto offered help in defy­ing immi­gra­tion laws to Mex­i­cans ille­gally in the U.S. ,

The 50 Mex­i­can embassies will become authen­tic legal defense for immi­grants,” Peña Nieto added.

The truth is, other demo­c­ra­tic coun­tries are far more aggres­sive than the U.S. about remov­ing ille­gal aliens.

Indeed,

Mex­ico has zero tol­er­ance for ille­gal immi­grants who seek to work inside Mex­ico, hap­pen to break Mex­i­can law or go on pub­lic assis­tance — or any cit­i­zens who aid them.

In Mex­ico, legal immi­gra­tion is aimed at priv­i­leg­ing law­ful arrivals with skill sets that aid the Mex­i­can econ­omy and, accord­ing to the country’s immi­gra­tion law, who have the “nec­es­sary funds for their sus­te­nance” — while deny­ing entry to those who are not healthy or would upset the “equi­lib­rium of the national demo­graph­ics.” Trans­lated, that idea of demo­graphic equi­lib­rium appar­ently means that Mex­ico tries to with­hold cit­i­zen sta­tus from those who do not look like Mex­i­cans or have lit­tle skills to make money.

Where’s the outrage?

When will Mexico’s rul­ing class extend to their fel­low coun­try­men the basic hous­ing, edu­ca­tion or wel­fare they come to seek in the U.S.?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

Illegal immigration flowing from Mexico into the United States is controlled by the cartels, directly or with the cooperation of coyotes, as InSight Crime reports,

Most coyotes have a clear incentive to have at least some relationship with the drug traffickers, even beyond the need to pay protection fees. Coyotes have intimate knowledge of the terrain and the US authorities on the other side of the border, so they have highly sought-after skills for gangs slipping drugs into US cities. Many specialists in moving drug shipments across the border originally learned their trade working as coyotes.

Typically, however, they do not operate as members of a given gang. Instead, they are independent entrepreneurs who will work with the traffickers opportunistically.

People from other countries who are caught traveling through Mexico illegally are vulnerable to extortion, kidnapping and violence, as a group of 90 Cubans stranded in Mexico held in a detention center allege.

Rather than work towards better conditions, Mexico’s ruling class, which has failed to protect its own citizens from the cartels’ deadly human trafficking business, are offering to backlog U.S. courts,

The order came from above: Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto offered help in defying immigration laws to Mexicans illegally in the U.S. ,

“The 50 Mexican embassies will become authentic legal defense for immigrants,” Peña Nieto added.

The truth is, other democratic countries are far more aggressive than the U.S. about removing illegal aliens.

Indeed,

Mexico has zero tolerance for illegal immigrants who seek to work inside Mexico, happen to break Mexican law or go on public assistance — or any citizens who aid them.

In Mexico, legal immigration is aimed at privileging lawful arrivals with skill sets that aid the Mexican economy and, according to the country’s immigration law, who have the “necessary funds for their sustenance” — while denying entry to those who are not healthy or would upset the “equilibrium of the national demographics.” Translated, that idea of demographic equilibrium apparently means that Mexico tries to withhold citizen status from those who do not look like Mexicans or have little skills to make money.

Where’s the outrage?

When will Mexico’s ruling class extend to their fellow countrymen the basic housing, education or welfare they come to seek in the U.S.?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.