Mexicans are outraged! Everyone I speak to has some choice words to express their ‘discontent’ with the new law that’s been passed in Arizona, the crux of which means that police officers will be allowed to stop anyone who looks ‘foreign’ and demand identification to prove they are not an illegal immigrant. If they can’t, then off to the slammer they go.
I fully get why the estadounidenses are up in arms. But Mexicans? The situation regarding illegal immigrants in the US is a touchy subject, but at the end of the day it’s not any business of Mexico’s as to what the US chooses to do or not do within its borders, providing the basic human rights of Mexican citizens, legal and illegal, are maintained. By that, I mean that they shouldn’t be abused, beaten, starved or otherwise mistreated.
I don’t even have a problem with the wall they were building along the border. I think it was a silly project, and their immigration policies in general leave much to be desired, but so long as they do it within their own borders, what business is it of mine? Or Mexicans? Or the Mexican government? I can have an opinion, but neither I nor the Mexican government, have much in the way of any right to make demands.
I do, incidentally, have many opinions. On many subjects. And one of them is regards Mexico and immigration, and it involves a huge dose of hypocrisy. Whilst the news of Mexicans running, swimming, climbing and jumping over the border to the north gets lots of media attention around the world, the plight of Central Americans, illegally within Mexico’s borders, gets largely ignored. Some of the stories are horrific.
They have no rights, are often preyed upon by kidnappers, gangs and narco groups, and if they get caught by the Mexican police, it’s a toss up as to whether they’ll be robbed or worse, or sent straight to a detention centre to await repatriation. Or both. For these people, the new law in Arizona is the very least of their problems. Civil liberties can suddenly seem very unimportant when contrasted with human rights abuses.
There’s a fairly good movie which more than touches upon this subject, called Sin Nombre, which can be found on Pirate Bay. I believe Ch4Cal’s upload is the best choice for English subtitles. There is another reason I’m writing about this story though, besides offering a little personal opinion and a movie suggestion. I found the image below, with a generous Creative Commons license, that I thought looked just great! Imaginative design, although the central feature less so I guess…can an image be considered a breach of Godwin’s Law? The credit for the image goes to DrCuervo.