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December 16, 2005

Mexican officials here and abroad are involved in a massive and almost daily interference in American sovereignty, says Heather MacDonald, a contributing editor of City Journal.

In the Dallas Morning News, MacDonald explains how Mexican consulates are engineering a backdoor amnesty for their illegal migrants and trying to discredit American immigration enforcement. These activities are clearly beyond diplomatic bounds.

MacDonald says Mexico is shameless in promoting illegal entry into the United States. Consider:

  • The Mexican government publishes and distributes a guide on breaching the border safely and evading detection once across; disseminating information about how to evade a host country's laws in not typical consular activity.
  • After 9-11, immigration amnesty was on hold so the Mexican government began using the "matricula" consular card; consular cards are traditionally given to nationals abroad for registration purposes, in case they disappear.
  • More than 4.7 million matriculas have been issued since 2000; only illegal Mexicans need such identification because legal aliens already have sufficient documentation to get driver's licenses and bank accounts.

Mexico's consuls meddle even further in other immigration issues, say MacDonald. For example:

  • They denounce any U.S. law enforcement effort against illegal immigration as biased and inhumane; they tolerate deportations but once in the United States, consuls believe an illegal immigrant gains untouchable status.
  • They have paid for the legal representation of illegal immigrants; traditional diplomatic practice forbids interference in a host country's judicial process unless it is patently unfair.
  • They undermine U.S. border law by advocating a "disparate impact" theory, which holds any policy action invalid if it falls upon illegal Mexicans, even if it has nothing to do with immigration.

MacDonald says the Mexican government will push to control as much U.S. immigration policy as it can. It's up to American officials to stop such interference.

Source: Heather MacDonald, "Diplomats Unleashed," Dallas Morning News, December 4, 2005.


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