Try not to laugh too hard at this one. The foreign minister of Mexico has threatened to solicit the help of the United Nations to protect the human rights of Mexican illegal immigrants in the United States. He has stated that he is willing to speak with the U.N. on behalf of Mexican citizens who could be affected by the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
Susan Jones of CNS News stated:
Speaking on the eve of Thursday’s meetings with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray said at a meeting with officials from the U.N. human rights office that Mexico “does not have to accept provisions that one government wants unilaterally to impose on another.”
Mexico’s Foreign Minister obviously believes that Mexico has a right to push back against our immigration laws. Videgaray went on to say:
“The government will not hesitate to go to international organizations beginning with the United Nations to defend, in accordance with international law, human rights, freedoms and due process in favor of Mexicans abroad…”
Uh oh. We better get our act together before the United Nations gives us a stern scolding. The hypocrisy of Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs is staggering. While excoriating the United States for enforcing its immigration laws, Videgaray is neglecting to mention the fact that Mexico’s immigration laws are far harsher than ours.
Liberty Nation has already looked at Mexico’s treatment of illegal immigrants:
Mexico does not issue green cards, food stamps, or a pathway to citizenship. They don’t have raucous debates in their government about the plight of illegal immigrants. They just enforce their laws.
In Mexico, there is no ambiguity about immigration laws. The Mexican policy on immigration is set in stone. Even Mexico’s legal immigrants are not treated as well as ours. Liberty Nation notes:
Article 32 of Mexico’s constitution bans residents that are not native born from holding sensitive jobs. They are not allowed to join Mexico’s military during times of peace, and the President of Mexico has the right to deport any foreigner at will. Immigrants are also not allowed to participate in Mexican politics.
And what exactly does Mexico do with their illegal immigrants? It isn’t pretty. According to Jason Seper of the Washington Times:
Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for ten years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.
Not very lenient, is it? Of course not. Mexico — like most other countries — does not want people entering their country illegally. There is nothing abnormal or immoral about the Trump administration’s approach to combating illegal immigration. When someone breaks the law, they receive justice. It is not the fault of the nation; it is the responsibility of the person violating the law.
If Mexico thinks they can use the United Nations to circumvent our illegal immigration policy, they are woefully mistaken. The United Nations has no jurisdiction over the United States. The opinion of the international community is irrelevant on this issue, and our laws supersede any resolution the United Nations creates.
However, Mexico’s Foreign Minister seems to believe that the big bad U.N. will be able to force the United States to stop deporting illegal immigrants. He is under the impression that pressure from the U.N. will cow us into abdicating our sovereignty.
Good luck with that.