Y’know that law in Arizona that has the Mexican government all upset???
From the AP, via Yahoo:
“MEXICO CITY – Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants.
The group’s report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes undocumented migrants.
The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that the mainly Central American migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the United States suffer abuses, but attributed the problem to criminal gangs branching out into kidnapping and extortion of migrants.”
Now, what mechanism would be in place in Mexico that discourages illegal immigrants from seeking the protection from the Mexican federales, you ask?
“One of the main issues, Amnesty says, is that migrants fear they will be deported if they complain to Mexican authorities about abuses.
At present, Article 67 of Mexico’s Population Law says, “Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal … are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues.””
Pot. Kettle. Black. Sorry, wouldn’t want to offend anyone…
The Mexican law goes far beyond the Arizona law, which leaves inquiry into immigration status to the discretion of the officer. Taken literally, the victim of a crime has to be interrogated as to their immigration status before the officer may so much as inquire as to the nature of the victim’s complaint.
How do you say, “Methinks the President doth protest too much” in Spanish?