May 21, 2006

Mexico bars jobs to non-natives

Posted by D.A. King at 9:28 pm - Email the author   Print This Post Print This Post  

Mexico Works to Bar Non-Natives From Jobs

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer
Sun May 21, 4:25 PM ET

Even as Mexico presses the United States to grant unrestricted citizenship to millions of undocumented Mexican migrants, its officials at times calling U.S. policies “xenophobic,” Mexico places daunting limitations on anyone born outside its territory.

In the United States, only two posts — the presidency and vice presidency — are reserved for the native born.

In Mexico, non-natives are banned from those and thousands of other jobs, even if they are legal, naturalized citizens.

Foreign-born Mexicans can’t hold seats in either house of the congress. They’re also banned from state legislatures, the Supreme Court and all governorships. Many states ban foreign-born Mexicans from spots on town councils. And Mexico’s Constitution reserves almost all federal posts, and any position in the military and merchant marine, for “native-born Mexicans.”

Recently the Mexican government has gone even further. Since at least 2003, it has encouraged cities to ban non-natives from such local jobs as firefighters, police and judges.

Sounds “nativist and extreme” to us.

I wonder what Cynthia Tucker thinks?

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