Update: As it turns out, Calderon was wrong. We don’t take the criminal illegals back to Mexico, we let them loose in this country after a six month detention. From the Daily Caller:: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a House committee that she is “not aware” of any actions the Obama administration has taken against countries that will not accept back illegal immigrants in “deportation status,” some of whom have committed crimes. After a “six-month detention period,” the illegal immigrants are released within the United States.
Here is the video that goes with the update –
Original Story: At an immigration conference Thursday, Mexican President Calderon, harshly criticized the United States for deporting illegal criminals instead of prosecuting them. According to the AP, Calderon accused the United States of dumping criminals at the border because it’s cheaper. He said it is causing more violence in Mexico. Uh, excuse me Felipe, they’re your citizens. Frankly, we have enough of our own criminals.
Calderon told the immigration conference, “There are many factors in the violence that is being experienced in some Mexican border cities, but one of those is that the American authorities have gotten into the habit of simply deporting 60 (thousand) or 70,000 migrants per year to cities like Ciudad Juarez or Tijuana.”
Among these deportees “there are many who really are criminals, who have committed some crime and it is simply cheaper to leave them on the Mexican side of the border than to prosecute them, as they should do, to see whether they are guilty or not,” Calderon said. “And obviously, they quickly link up with criminal networks on the border.”
One deported criminal, Martin Estrada Luna, is accused of becoming a leader of a cell of the Zetas drug cartel in the border state of Tamaulipas just 18 months after he was deported from the United States. Estrada, who had a long rap sheet of mostly theft and property crimes in Washington state, is now in custody in Mexico City, where he is accused for masterminding the killing of more than 250 people.
Calderon also lashed out at what he called “absurd” and “irrational” immigration laws in the United States.
“To the extent to which they continue to put absurd curbs on migration, to the degree to which they continue to persecute migrants in the United States in an irrational way that sometimes violates their human rights, in that measure American society will continue to lose competitiveness…” he said.
Mexico is run by drug cartels and it’s not clear if the situation is improving. Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s President, began his war against drugs in 2006, and since then, 40,000 people have died. Calderon believes this is a sign that the cartels are turning on one another.
The police are so corrupt in Mexico that Calderon has to use the army in lieu of the police in most actions.
The U.S. vowed to assist Mexico but in November 2010, a US justice department report said that US efforts to tackle gun-smuggling lacked focus, with not enough intelligence-sharing between US agencies and with their Mexican partners. There is evidence that drug cartels in Mexico have linked up with drug gangs in the United States.
Calderon’s party might be replaced in the next election by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which had been in power in Mexico for 70 years before Calderon came to power. His term is up this year.