I don’t know what’s worse: Mexican President Felipe Calderon flying into Washington and hypocritically ripping Arizona’s new immigration law while blaming Mexican gun violence on our Constitution, or the Democrats giving him a standing ovation during the aforementioned remarks. I was disgusted; I wanted to vomit.
Let’s start with the immigration law. The bill is available online in PDF format, and it’s only 17 pages long—including the cover. But Felipe Calderon clearly hasn’t read it. If he had, he would know that the only way you could be identified under the new law is if you have already been stopped by law enforcement officers for breaking some other law. Police in Arizona will not be able to stop people and demand to see “their papers” on a whim. But as Michelle Malkin reports, the same isn’t true in Mexico:
Ready to show your papers? Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens’ identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.
Then is the vast difference in consequences. Arizona’s new law alerts the federal agencies when illegal aliens are discovered. After they have served their prison sentence, illegal aliens are turned over to the proper authorities for further action. In Mexico, you would be sent straight to jail. In Mexico, illegal immigration is a felony. The sentence for illegal immigration is two years in prison. If you attempt to re-enter the country after deportation, you may be imprisoned for up to ten years. And you can forget finding a job. As President Calderon himself said, “if somebody do that [gets a job] without permission we send back, we send back them.”
Moving on to the Second Amendment, Calderon claimed over 80% of the weapons seized in Mexico are traced back to the United States. This figure has been debunked multiple times over. As I have said before, the United States is not responsible for Mexico’s violence. Lying about crime statistics won’t change that fact.
As for the Democrats, thanks for once again proving your party stands against the American people. 71% of Arizona residents favor their new law, and nationally, 55% want to see a similar law enacted in their state. 68% oppose boycotts of Arizona, and as for the “immigration rights” protesters: they’re viewed unfavorably by a 2:1 margin.