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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

La Hipocresía, Su Nombre es México

Read this a little while ago. Kind of ties in nicely with this post from Jake today.

Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money.

While migrants in the United States have held huge demonstrations in recent weeks, the hundreds of thousands of undocumented Central Americans in Mexico suffer mostly in silence.

So let me get this straight. Mexico and Mexicans are indignantly jumping up and down, marching in the streets of our cities to demand that American not treat illegal aliens exactly the way they do?

The level of brutality Central American migrants face in Mexico was apparent Monday, when police conducting a raid for undocumented migrants near a rail yard outside Mexico City shot to death a local man, apparently because his dark skin and work clothes made officers think he was a migrant.

Virginia Sanchez, who lives near the railroad tracks that carry Central Americans north to the U.S. border, said such shootings in Tultitlan are common.

"At night, you hear the gunshots, and it's the judiciales (state police) chasing the migrants," she said. "It's not fair to kill these people. It's not fair in the United States and it's not fair here."
That's right lady -- but there's a small distinction you might want to try on for size: WE DON'T DO THAT HERE.

In the United States, mostly Mexican immigrants have staged rallies pressuring Congress to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants rather than making them felons and deputizing police to deport them. The Mexican government has spoken out in support of the immigrants' cause.

While Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal said Monday that "Mexico is a country with a clear, defined and generous policy toward migrants," the nation of 105 million has legalized only 15,000 immigrants in the past five years, and many undocumented migrants who are detained are deported.
It's the very height of hypocrisy. And it might be amusing, if Mexico wasn't trying to force its citizens on the U.S. because they can't/won't take care of their own people.

And, speaking of hypocrisy, to all those who have been marching on American soil, making demands of the American people through the American governement, waving Mexican flags:

If you love Mexico so much, why don't you shag your ass back home and make some demands of your own damn government?

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