WASHINGTON, March 4, 2017 — When Mexican congressman Braulio Guerra scaled the border fence near Tijuana to ridicule President Donald Trump, he may have done the nation a favor.
According to the New York Daily News, Guerra, a representative from Queretaro, decided he would show his opposition to the president’s determination to build a border wall by breaking U.S. immigration laws. His plan may have backfired; it has shown Americans that the new wall should be much, much higher.
It appears that hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and one unrepentant congressman have no respect for the laws or national sovereignty of America. As an elected official, Guerra thinks he can willingly break another nation’s laws while upholding his own.
Americans now can fully come to grips with the apparent contempt the neighbors to the south have for our legal immigration process.
The hypocrisy and contempt that Guerra has shown for the safety and security of America is tragic in light of Mexico’s immigration and border security laws.
Mexico’s immigration and border security law provisions include:
- Illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population states:
- “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)
- Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
- Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)
- Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:
- Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
- Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
- Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working without a permit — can also be imprisoned.
- Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
- Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32)
- Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. (Article 34)
- Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)
- The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38)
The very fact that a Mexican congressman decided to attack America’s sovereign right to protect its border in the same manner that Mexico does is an insult to this nation. Guerra, and all of those illegal immigrant supporters should seriously examine Mexico’s immigration law as well as the penalties and then thank President Trump for following his oath of office to preserve and protect the security and safety of Americans.
The next time Guerra decides to pull a stunt like this, make certain that the nation’s border patrol is there to arrest, jail and criminally punish him as a felon. Maybe then he will learn to read his own law before he decides to break America’s immigration laws.