May 26, 2006

News Release from Georgia Congressman Charlie Norwood on amnesty in Senate

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U.S. Representative Charlie Norwood, Ninth District, Georgia
For immediate release: May 25, 2006
Democrats’ Amnesty Bill “Dead on Arrival” in Conference

(Washington, DC) – Democrats and a handful of Republican turncoats in the U.S. Senate today voted to sell out the American people to vested and foreign interests with passage of a bill granting not only amnesty, but preferential treatment of illegal aliens over American citizens, according to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA). 32 of 55 Republican Senators, including Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, stood firm against corruption, but 38 of 42 Democrats, 23 Republicans, and the Senate’s lone independent voted to approve defacto across-the-board amnesty for illegal aliens. The final vote count was 62-36, with two Democrats not voting.

“This bill constitutes treachery against U.S. sovereignty,” says Norwood. “This allows every illegal alien in America to use the fraudulent document industry they have created in the criminal back alleys of our country to claim they have been here 5 years and can now stay forever. They have granted blanket amnesty for citizens of foreign nations against tax fraud, Social Security fraud, Medicare fraud, identity fraud, and bank fraud – all crimes for which there is no forgiveness or mercy for citizens of the United States.”

Norwood says the Senate bill opens the door for a flood of as many as 100 million new legal immigrants over the next 20 years, swamping America’s public schools, welfare and health care systems, destroying Social Security and Medicare, and driving the nation into bankruptcy.

“The physical results of this bill, while terrible, do not equal the moral devastation this sell-out would produce,” says Norwood. “There is one overpowering message in this bill – that the law no longer deserves respect in America. If enough people don’t like and defy any law, they will eventually get away with it, while the law-abiding citizens pay the price. That is not a message we need to be sending out if we want to maintain a free nation. If we don’t stop this outrage in the House, we would be allowing 12 million illegal aliens to spit in the face of democracy and the rule of law.”

Norwood says the Senate bill is dead-on-arrival in the House, and that the first action of the House-Senate Conference Committee should be to immediately reject all Senate language on dealing with illegal aliens already in the country, and all provisions for future immigration or guest worker programs.

“Once we throw out these poison pill provisions, we can get to work straightening out this immigration mess caused by Congress and three Administrations refusing to enforce the law” says Norwood. “First we need to secure our border against future criminals, then we can look at a real guest worker program that provides incentives for those here illegally to come out of the shadows, become an honest guest worker for a couple years, then go home and get in line to come back legally – under our rules – if they desire. Those who comply should be allowed to do so without penalty or fine, but with no amnesty for past criminal behavior or fraud. Those who don’t become felons.”

Norwood says America is facing a true invasion, and needs to respond with manly vigor instead of the cowardice shown by the Senate. “We need at least 36,000 troops on our southern border right now, and we need to rethink NAFTA and our current diplomatic relations with Mexico. There is no purpose in having 47 Mexican consulates in our country other than to encourage illegal immigration and subvert the laws of the United States.”

U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood
2452 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 20515
On the Web:
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May 25, 2006

History is repeating itself : U.S. Senate says “Amnesty again”

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Note – the below column was written for and originally posted on Insider Advantage Georgia, a subscription Website, Mr. Dick Pettys editor. Reposted here with permission.

Guest Column
D. A. King: History Is Repeating Itself

History is repeating itself.

The hurried debate in the United States Senate on another amnesty for illegal aliens and their criminal employers is over.

By a vote of 62-36 – its amnesty again.

Much like the lead character trapped in the ever- repeating day in the 1993 movie “Ground Hog Day” we can look helplessly back to the “one time” amnesty of 1986 and see the same things happening all over again.

Anyone with the time and access to CSPAN could have watched the final arguments today and heard the nearly exact remarks made more than twenty years ago.

In the sales pitch for the 1986 amnesty, the American people were promised that once implemented, our borders would then be secured, future illegal employers would be sanctioned and our illegal immigration problems would be history. It was to have been a “return to the rule of law.”

History is repeating itself.

The fact that the 1986 amnesty was a miserable failure at securing our borders, stopping illegal immigration or punishing employers for hiring black market labor is easily illustrated – and shamelessly ignored. Often intentionally hidden from un-aware citizens.

According to Arizona Senator John McCain, Border Patrol statistics show that “almost four million people crossed our borders illegally in the year 2002”. While the advertised number of illegals currently in our nation is deceptively put at “11 million”, most who study the issue understand that Census-based figure to be inaccurate by half.

In the year 2004, three employers were fined for hiring illegal aliens. Three.

The only promise kept from 1986 was to the illegals, both the aliens and the employers.

Under pressure from the same groups, history is repeating itself.

If the House of Representatives capitulates in the coming conference proceedings, this may well be the last amnesty for those who are allowed to choose which American laws they will obey – but it is not the end of illegal immigration. For that solution, we must wait a few years to hear the announcement of the true goal of those who have refused to secure our borders or enforce our laws – “war on terror” be damned.

That will be the pressure for a borderless continent and “the free flow of goods and people”. The ultimate cost cutter for the corporate quarterly profit report.

Those Americans who recognize that they have been sold out by the President and the majority of the U.S. Senate – and offended by the recent re-writing and translation of the American national anthem – should prepare for far more radical changes in the looming “New America”.

Think: “I pledge allegiance to the Continent and to the Commerce for which it stands…”

English language optional.

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May 24, 2006

Here is “why” – officially open borders is the goal

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People have been asking me for several years: “Why is the President allowing our borders to remain open in a war on terror?”…”Why does our government intentionally allow millions of illegal aliens to enter and remain in our nation”?


Here is why:
From Human Events online:
President Quietly Creating ‘NAFTA Plus’
by Jerome R. Corsi
Posted May 24, 2006

The Bush Administration has decided to “back-door” the creation of a North American Union political entity that would effectively erase our borders with Mexico and Canada and create several super-regional governing bodies that would have jurisdiction over the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court

Read the entire article. Those of us who have been studying the crisis have been hesitant to bring this up, concerned that people weren’t ready for the truth.

The time is short.

This is the truth.

More here from me last summer.

May 22, 2006

I am from the government and I am here to help – your check is in the mail – and this is not amnesty

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This is not an opinion column.

Your check is in the mail. The cable guy will be right over.

The current effort to put millions of illegal aliens on a “path to citizenship” is not another amnesty. There are only eleven million illegals in America.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, as of 2002, 42 percent of births to immigrants were to illegal alien mothers. Then, births to illegals accounted for nearly one out of every 10 births in the United States. We should not worry, because illegal immigration has probably decreased since 2002.

This is not colonization.

Allowing the “amnesty again” cabal of George W. Bush, John McCain and Teddy Kennedy Inc. to force through the amnesty that is not another amnesty will solve our illegal immigration crisis once and forever. After the amnesty that is not – an- amnesty is implemented, they will then secure American borders, stop Mexico from illegally “migrating” into the USA and punish the illegal employers and bankers.

Just like 1986.

According to Arizona Senator John McCain, in 2002, “almost four million people crossed our borders illegally”.

This is not an invasion.

We should just stop asking questions and trust the government on this. Like we did in 1986.

We will all live happily ever after. In English.

“Guest workers” will go home when we tell them.

If we cater to its demands, the government of Mexico will stop meddling in our internal affairs. Mexico has promised to sue in American courts if we actually attempt to secure our own borders. Mexico is our friend.

Wait….there is more.

Having explored, cleared, settled, farmed, developed and built a nation that stretches from sea to shining sea, vigorously defended it from all [other] invasions, built the Hoover Dam, put men on the moon, and won the Cold War…the American President tells us that are now “jobs Americans will not do”.

Artificially low wages – that are five to ten times as high as those in Mexico – illegally set by employers – have nothing to do with it.

In Georgia, Americans are denied employment because they do not speak Spanish.
This is nothing to worry about.

Some laws are more equal than others. Some people are more equal than others. If you are an American citizen taxpayer, you are not one of the more equal people.

It is impossible to secure American borders…no, wait; we can do it with 6000 un-armed part time National Guard personnel who will make coffee and photocopies for the Border Patrol Agents while they risk their lives on the line.

In a war on terror, we should not “militarize” our borders…but we should ignore the fact that Mexico not only uses troops to defend its borders, but that they actually have weapons.

The American government can build and maintain more than 46,000 miles of interstate highways, but it lacks the ability or revenue to build a 1900 mile- long double layer impenetrable border wall with one road between the layers.

It is a felony to enter Mexico illegally. It is a human rights violation and likely “bigoted” to even talk of having a similar law in America. Worse if one actually speaks up and says that such a law actually be enforced…like it is in Mexico.

The U.S. Senate voted to make English the national language of the United States last week. “Amnesty again” sponsor Senator Harry Reid [D- NV.] says this is a “racist” concept.

Unlike pregnancy, there is such a thing as just a little anarchy. The half million illegals waving the flag of Mexico screaming, “Los Angeles is ours”! are nothing to worry about. It can’t happen here in Georgia.

The United States is not so much a nation with defined borders, an equally applied rule of law and a common language as it is an economy and a marketplace. Borders are really simply “geo-political abstractions” that represent a barrier to increased profit.

American borders are inherently inhumane.

Mexico’s are not.

The Senate voted last week to allow illegal aliens to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employment — even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents. This is not identification theft…and it is not amnesty.

I leave it to the readers to decide for themselves which of the above concepts and statements are true or false.

It seems that the U.S. Senate is busy doing exactly that.

King is president of the Dustin Inman Society, a coalition of citizens dedicated to educating the public on the consequences of illegal immigration.

A letter to The Dustin Inman Society from Venezuela

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This today in response to a recent interview in CNN ESPANOL that goes to Latin america and some areas of the U.S. – posted unedtited and with permission from Belinda Gonzalez in VENEZUELA.

Thank you Ms. Gonzalez.

Hi, Mr. King

I’m Venezuelan, I live in my country, but still it catches my attention the issue on illegal inmigration in the US. I’m aware doing illegal things bring bad consequences in a long term. Some years ago, I had an American boyfriend. He told me I could travel to the US to visit him. Almost impossible since Venezuela and US have no excellent relationship. A month later, he told me I could get a flight ticket to Mexico and, from there, to cross the border to the US and marry a friend of him and getting the American citizenship. I imagined myself doing that and definitely I didn’t accept it. The reasons: dignity and self-respect.
I just wanted to visit your country, that’s it. But not interested in living there, even when I hear the idea (from many Latinamericans) that I might reach the American Dream. Living in a different country is difficult, especially when there’s a stigma on Latinamerican people.

I, as individual and independent-thinking person, have respected laws. Why should I disrespect laws in another country? I’m not rich, I wish my financial situation were better. But my situation wouldn’t lead me to be illegally resident in another country. Most of Latinamericans (including me) get upset when they hear bad comments on our community; it’s a natural reaction. But I wonder why… why does it happen? Latinamericans defend themselves saying they’re hard workers (it’s reasonable since they come from a harsh situation in their countries) But can we apply that concept to all Latinamericans?definitely not and they should be aware of that. Can we blame them? not at all. Because the illegal inmigration is a consequence of the American Dream idea spread all over the world; by who? The government and influential persons .Now president Bush wants more security in the borders…

Why Latinamerican community has such power now?I’d like to know why. Why do they defend a thief just because he’s part of the Latinamerican community?Why do they even attempt to translate your national anthem? why, why, why. I have so many questions. I don’t know the situation in depth, but those protest rallies just make me sick, because those people are the ones who support the embargo against Cuba and bad press against South American governments. So, it’s not honest to me that a bunch of people inmigrate illegaly, try to change laws in a convenient way, defend to death living in a country that is not theirs but still they don’t care about their origin countries. They defend their culture just for convenience and to appear to be better than you Americans. It just makes me sick. I wouldn’t allow any foreigner to change my country in any way or do illegal things.
There are honest people that do good things. In my homecity, there’s a mix of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Lebanese inmigrants. They have done good things for my city. In general, I support inmigrants when they bring positive ideas and actions to a determined country.

Perhaps my ideas are mixed, but my keyword is respect. I respect your point of view because I would think the same way if something similar would happen in my country. I would never agree with discrimination to any community, it’s just wrong; but laws are laws and no one has the right to break them.

I could see you in CNN en Español. I was surprised because that channel mostly reports the illegal’s cause. But I’m glad I could hear a different opinion.

I hope you keep struggling on your cause and defend your right to think different.

Sincerely yours

Belinda Gonzalez

D.A. King’s response to Cynthia Tucker’s attack in last week’s AJC

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Cynthia Tucker wrote a personal attack on me in last week’s AJC.

You can read it here from a different newspaper.

My response letter was published yesterday, along with nine others from the ever shrinking number of AJC readers.

My letter below, with a link to the other nine, which are posted below.

Thanks to those who sent Comrade Tucker a piece of your mind.

She needs exactly that.

From her perch high atop Mount Mindless on the far, far left, Cynthia Tucker’s “invective-filled” personal attack on me is evidence of her obvious desperation and anguish resulting from the knowledge that American voices are being heard on the national illegal immigration disaster.

Illegals wave the flag of Mexico while screaming “Los Angeles is ours!” They carry signs demanding “Amnesty now!” and “This is our continent!” Nearly five years after Sept. 11, millions of people from all over the world continue to illegally cross our unsecured borders every year. English is an optional language in Georgia.

Unlike Tucker, most Americans regard these facts as bad things.

One can only imagine the sleepless nights Tucker must suffer knowing that we even have borders — or how she must secretly regard the brave Border Patrol agents who risk their lives to guard them.

I wear Tucker’s dishonest attack as a badge of honor.


D.A. KING, Marietta

Nine other letters published in the AJC yesterday:

Cultural change can’t be mandatory

Cynthia Tucker’s column is irrelevant to the issue of illegal immigration, and her inclusion of insults toward D.A. King is irrelevant to her column. What, pray tell, does the topic of cultural change have to do with the issue of illegal immigration? It is ludicrous to say that those who oppose illegal immigration and support enforcement of our immigration laws oppose cultural change.

Why should anyone embrace cultural change forced upon them by people who come here knowingly in violation of our immigration laws and take advantage of services paid for by those of us whose culture they are here to change? Next time I see an illegal immigrant, I suppose I should open up my wallet, hand him $50 and thank him for coming to the United States and changing my culture. After all, he’s really doing me a favor.

My wife is a legal immigrant from Mexico who is now a citizen of the United States. She resents the attitude that illegal immigrants somehow have a right to be in this country, or that they have a right to services such as health care and education paid for by others.


Part of one recipe

Other than the Native Americans, every American came from immigrants. Whether our ancestors came over on the Mayflower, arrived here as an indentured servant, came to escape Nazi rule, came over on a slave ship, arrived in a tiny boat from Cuba, etc., we are all from immigrants.

People need to remember that America was built as a “melting pot.”


Majority favors U.S. crackdown

Why is Cynthia Tucker so angry at D.A. King? Did he do something to personally offend her, or does she have a dislike for anyone who wants our borders secured?

I read a different poll than the one referenced by Tucker, a poll that’s more in line with King’s viewpoint. In a recent Zogby poll, 69 percent said the tougher House version of the immigration bill was a good or very good idea.

I believe it only fair that you publish King’s response to Tucker’s personal attack. Better yet, I would pay good money to see a live debate between them.


Europe faces similar problems

I agree with Cynthia Tucker’s plea for reason and decency in the debate about immigration, but reason is being overwhelmed by the magnitude of the volume of illegal immigration. It’s not just a problem for the United States. It’s all over Europe as well. The riots in France last winter give a glimpse of what can happen.

President Bush is trying to get help from his friend, the president of Mexico. That’s a waste of time. He’s asking for something that’s not in Mexico’s interest. The illegal migrants are providing a sizable contribution to the Mexican economy.

Language is a key part of the problem. Migrants put an extra burden on overwhelmed social services because they can’t speak English.

A common language is an essential part of the glue that holds this country together. It is an important advantage to Americans that English is the lingua franca of our times.


Want to stay? Learn language

The rosy picture that Cynthia Tucker attempts to paint of illegal immigration in the story of her niece, Irene, is marred by one fact: Irene’s grandfather, a U.S. resident for 23 years, is “less than fluent” in English.

I have encountered numerous Hispanics living here for many years who learn little or no English. This failure to assimilate linguistically is unprecedented in our history, and attempts to minimize the problem are folly.

For example, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that 85 percent of 911 calls in Gwinnett County needing translators are Hispanics. The language requirement the president and others are calling for is an absolute must.


Newcomers not all created equal

I see that Cynthia Tucker’s journalistic prowess and command of the language far exceed that which her sister’s father-in-law possesses; but her entire article is based on two flawed premises.

> Segregation is comparable to resistance to illegal immigration: Upon examination of the Constitution, we have found that both racial segregation and illegitimate entry to this country are illegal.

> Mexican immigrants are no different than European immigrants: No, Ms. Tucker, the difference is that the vast majority of Europeans came here legally.

DAVID D. DALY, Annandale, Va.

Services stretched to breaking point

Why does the left have to play the race card on illegal immigration? If the people coming in overwhelming droves across the border were white Canadians rather that brown Mexicans, most of us would feel the same way.

There is a reason nations have immigration laws: so that it is done in moderation and fairly, where everyone gets in line and waits their turn. This protects legal citizens from the problems that have already occurred in the Southwest and California: hospitals being bankrupted, social services stretched to the limit with benefit fraud, and schools struggling to serve large numbers of illegal immigrants who can’t speak English.


Tucker fan flees

How dare Cynthia Tucker call D.A. King a racist!

Funny how I am Hispanic, and King and I are friends. King is a wonderful and good American.

I used to love to read Tucker’s columns, but now I hate them. Illegal aliens and their supporters carried the Mexican flag at their rallies, and only because Americans fumed did they switch to American flags.

Tucker’s anti-American views are disgusting.


King, others want their country back

I have been to several rallies where D.A. King has spoken, and he is no more racist than Cynthia Tucker.

Like King, there are 280 million other American citizens who are tired of having their voices ignored. We are tired of having protesters march in the streets, screaming in Spanish that they demand citizenship, and having the AJC sympathize with lawbreakers simply because they work hard.

MICHELLE BROCK, Lawrenceville

May 21, 2006

What Is Considered An Illegal Activity Under Immigration Law?

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Below is a partial list of violations of existing immigration laws from the Department of Homeland Security…[courtesy of The Uncooperative Blogger]

What Is Considered An Illegal Activity Under Immigration Law?
Here are some examples of the most common violations of United States Immigration laws:


(This is not a complete list of violations.)

Filing false statements on applications or petitions

making a false claim that you are a United States citizen

making, altering or using counterfeit immigration documents

making, altering or using counterfeit documents to support immigration applications or petitions

failing to report the arrival of illegal aliens

assisting or encouraging aliens to come to the United States in violation of the law Ed .note: Hola Senator Zamarripa, sound familiar?

harboring an illegal alien Ed note Zamarripa… again.

knowingly employing aliens who do not have permission to work in the United States

recruiting or referring for a fee aliens who do not have permission to work in the United States

failing to complete and maintain immigration Form I-9 for all new employees, whether citizens or aliens

failing to depart the United States when ordered removed (deported)

entering or attempting to enter the United States at a time or place which is not authorized

attempting to enter the United States by misrepresenting (lying about) material facts

entering into a marriage to circumvent the immigration laws

entering or attempting to enter the United States without permission after having been removed (deported)

assisting an alien to enter the United States for prostitution or other immoral purposes

Where Can I Find the Law?
The Immigration and Nationality Act is a law that governs the admission of
all people to the United States. For the parts of the law concerning
illegal immigration activities, please see INA § 212, INA § 235, INA §
271, INA § 272, INA § 273, INA § 274, INA § 274A, INA § 274C, INA §
275, INA § 277, and INA § 278.

How Can I Report Suspected Illegal Alien Activity or a Suspected Illegal Alien?
Each immigration field office has a specific process for reporting suspected
illegal alien activity. You should first decide where the suspected
illegal alien activity or illegal alien is located. Our offices have
areas of jurisdiction that are generally determined by state
boundaries. The three immigration related agencies — U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and
U.S. Customs and Border Protection — have web sites where you can find
immigration information. They are:,, and All
three are accessible from the Department of Homeland Security web site

How Will My Information Be Used?
Immigration offices receive hundreds of notifications of suspected illegal alien
activity and suspected illegal aliens each year. We use this
information in planning our enforcement efforts. We do not provide
status on specific reports of illegal activity. Many enforcement
actions occur as a result of several sources of information.

Normally, the person that provides the information will not be contacted after
the initial report is filed nor kept informed of any actions by
Immigration authorities. The person providing the information is not
required to give his/her name or other personal information.

We greatly appreciate the assistance of the public in identifying possible
suspected illegal alien activity and suspected illegal aliens. If you
provide information, it will be evaluated and used to help us better
enforce our immigration laws.

The Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement report line
1-866-347-2423 to report illegal aliens and employers.

“Bush is a hypocrite” …La Prensa

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From a Mexican newspaper. NO! Cynthia Tucker does not work there.

In their phone chat last Sunday, President Bush told Mexican President Vicente Fox that he had no intention of militarizing the U.S.-Mexico border to keep illegal Mexican immigrants from crossing over into the United States. The next day, he promptly announced to his fellow Americans and to the world that he would be doing just that – militarizing the border region by sending some 6000 National Guard troops to patrol the U.S. side.

La Prensa

One Mexican tabloid declared that Bush was a hypocrite for first saying he would not militarize the border region, then ordering National Guard troops to the area
“Hypocrite!” declared an angry headline in the Mexican tabloid La Prensa, referring to Bush’s bald-faced lie.

Let me add my two pesos: Bush is a hypocrite.

Illegal aliens take college seats from those pesky citizens, at a reduced tution rate

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Below is a story from Gainesville.

Martha Nesbitt has apparently decided that she is free to violate existing federal law.

8 USC 1621 says Nesbitt is in violation. Maybe she will get amnesty if the President gets his way?

State or local public benefit” defined
(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), for purposes of this subchapter the term “State or local public benefit” means—
(A) any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency of a State or local government or by appropriated funds of a State or local government; and
(B) any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of a State or local government or by appropriated funds of a State or local government.

See 8 USC 1621 here.

Contact Nesbitt here.

17 illegal immigrants got in-state tuition at Gainesville State

The president of Gainesville State College said Monday that 17 illegal immigrants, all graduates of area high schools, were allowed to pay in-state tuition during the current school year.

Martha Nesbitt issued the written statement in response to a request by The Times for data on the number of illegal immigrants paying the lower tuition rate for Georgia residents.

“The only students who qualify for consideration (for in-state tuition) are those who are Georgia residents, have graduated from a Georgia high school and offer strong academic promise,” wrote Nesbitt.

She defended the practice as being legal and approved by the University System Board of Regents. She said most of the students were from Hall County.

Mexico bars jobs to non-natives

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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?

Read the rest of the article here.

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