Mexico Won’t Help Illegal Immigrant Cubans, But Will Do this

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HuffPo photo of Vincente Fox sending a message to Donald Trump the day before he apologized.
HuffPo photo of Vincente Fox sending a message to Donald Trump the day before he apologized.

Mexico won’t take in the Cuban migrants who have been stranded in Panama but they gladly allow them to be airlifted to the US-Mexico border so they can cross into the US. Upon crossing, they will be labeled refugees entitled to full benefits and a path to citizenship.

Former Mexican president Vincente Fox has been promoting US open borders but his country won’t take in illegal immigrants themselves. They must laugh at our stupidity.

About 4,000 economic migrants from Cuba are on their way to the US while Mexico does nothing for them.

Since the 1960s, U.S. law has allowed Cuban refugees who set foot in the United States to live and work in the country without facing the same hurdles immigrants from other countries encounter. There is an increase in Cubans traveling to the US because they are afraid the law will change.

This is the third time this year. The last airlift was 1500 Cubans.

In January, a deal between five Central American countries and Mexico paved the way for flights that brought thousands of Cubans to Mexico so they could cross over into the US.

In 2015, nearly 26,000 Cubans entered Panama, a fivefold increase over 2014, CNN affiliate TVN reported, citing government figures. This year, migrants are entering Panama at a rate of about 23 a day, TVN reported.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, 24,477 Cubans were admitted into the United States with refugee status in 2014. That figure nearly doubled in 2015 to 43,154. The figure for this year already stands at 25,806.

It’s a bit hypocritical of Mexico in that they can’t say enough against Trump for wanting to follow our immigration laws, build a wall and close the borders.

In case you are curious, the Mexican strictures against illegal immigration are in part:

– The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.”

– If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not welcome. Neither are those who show “contempt against national sovereignty or security.”

– Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment.

– Law enforcement officials at all levels — by national mandate — must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizens’ arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

– 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.

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