Reforms Its Immigration Laws
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to persuade its powerful neighbor to the North to do the same, last
month, major revisions to Mexicos immigration laws came into
The law has
now become more humane and immigrant friendly. Among
the changes announced are:
entry into Mexican territory is de-criminalized. This means that
it is no longer a criminal offense to enter Mexico illegally, and
violators will merely be sent back to where they last came from.
Previously, illegal immigration was a felony, punishable by up to
two years in prison. Immigrants who were deported and attempted
to re-enter Mexico could be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators
could be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who helped illegal
immigrants were also subject to criminal prosecution.
migrants will no longer be jailed. They will be taken to a facility
run by the Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INM) where they will
be fed, clothed, given medical care and the ability to contact their
families in their country of origin.
migrants will have the right to seek political asylum or refuge
in Mexico and will have a right to a hearing before a judge.
4) Local police,
the military, customs and even the Policia Federal will no
longer have the authority to question any foreigners migratory
status. They no longer have any authority to arrest or detain any
person suspected of being in the country illegally. Only officials
from the INM can do this.
migrants can be given the opportunity to regularize their status
and obtain a work/residence permit.
are loosened for citizens/nationals of Belize who find an employment
in certain Mexican states (i.e. Quintana Roo) to ease the process
of a work/residence permit.
line from a Mexican government spokesman that my friend and business
partner P.T. Freeman listened to on the radio was that Mexico has
amended its immigration law to take into account human rights and
refugee rights. However, I dont believe this is the full story.
I think the
real reason that Mexico changed its law was to send a message to
the United States. Under federal law, any non-U.S. national who
enters or attempts to enter U.S. territory in a manner other than
through ordinary channels has committed a crime. Violations are
punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months.
Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison.
most notably my home state of Arizona, have attempted to enforce
their own immigration laws. The most controversial aspect of the
Arizona law which never came fully into effect due to a successful
court challenge is that state and local police can ask anyone
for proof of legal status in the United States. In other words,
your papers, please.
In this environment,
its a welcome change to see Mexico implementing more humane
immigration laws. And, I hope that U.S. policymakers get the message
although Im not holding my breath.
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is a journalist with more than 20 years of investigative experience
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Sovereign Society’s Council of Experts. He has authored over
a dozen books and many additional reports on wealth preservation,
privacy and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his
own international consulting firm, The
Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides international
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is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member of
subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee
on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international
tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business
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