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Immigration Policy Comparison: U.S. & Mexico

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For I mean not that other men be eased, and you burdened: But … that there may be equality: (St. Paul, The Bible)

FOUNDING FATHERS’ PERSPECTIVE

“It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us, and throw their fortunes into a common lot with ours … to increase the wealth and strength of the community.” (James Madison)

“My opinion, with respect to emigration, is that except of useful mechanics and some particular descriptions of men or professions, there is no need of encouragement.” (George Washington)

“The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits;” (Alexander Hamilton)

FACTS

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” (John Adams)

◊ Less than 1% of Mexico’s population are immigrants (1.1 million in 2016). Wikipedia.org

◊ 13% of the U.S population is immigrants (42 million in 2016). Migration Policy Institute, 4/14/16. Zong, Jie & Jeanne Batalova. “Frequently Reported Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the U.S.”

◊ 11.3 million of America’s immigrants are illegal, and 49% of those are from Mexico. Pew Research Center, 11/19/15. Krogstad, Jens & Jeffrey Passel. “5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S.”

◊ Illegal Immigration costs the US $113 billion per year. Federation for American Immigration Reform 2010, Martin, Jack & Eric Ruark. “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers”

◊ Mexico requires that immigrants carry a federal photo ID, and you can be arrested if you don’t have it in your possession. The U.S. has no such requirement. Wikipedia.org

Mexico’s immigration policy allows refusing to accept immigrants if the government feels it would cause an imbalance of race or ethnicity, or simply if it feels that keeping them out of the country would be in their nation’s best interest. U.S. immigration policy has no such provisions.

  • Mexico requires immigrant applicants to show how they could contribute to the country’s well-being, and to show that they will be able to support themselves. U.S. immigration policy has no such provisions.
  • Mexico punishes illegal immigrants with a prison sentence of 2-10 years. The U.S. punishes illegal immigrants by deporting them.
  • Mexico’s constitution prohibits non-citizens from participating in any part of the country’s politics, including demonstrations and publicly voicing their opinions. The U.S. Constitution does not have those restrictions.
  • Mexico’s constitution allows for legal immigrants to be expelled from the country for no reason and without due process. The U.S. Constitution has no such provision.
  • Mexico’s constitution denies equal employment rights to immigrants. The U.S. Constitution does not.

Fact Real, 11/19/12. “Mexico vs. United States: Mexican Immigration Laws are Tougher”

SUMMARY

Mexico’s immigration policy is much more strict than that of the United States. For just that reason, Mexico’s policy increases the likelihood of immigrants successfully relocating and contributing to the progress of their new country as well as providing superior legal safeguards which prevent immigrants from becoming a divisive force within their new country.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION

The U.S. could rapidly eliminate many of its internal problems caused by illegal immigrants and eliminate much of the debate and hypocrisy in our relationship with Mexico by making U.S. immigration policy more comparable to Mexico’s. Congress has the Constitutional right to propose and pass any desired changes to our immigration policy.

 

Brief #6A – June 30, 2016

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