May 26, 2010

Mexico's hypocrisy and double standard

Aside from any opinion one may have about the recent state legislation approved in Arizona regarding immigration, there is one thing that should be crystal clear for every person in this planet:

Felipe Calderon and his government representatives have absolutely no business criticising a law written and approved by American legislators.

Because that would be the uttermost example of hypocrisy and double standard a person could ever show.

This article I found in USA Today online has more than one example of facts that support my opinion, beyond the countless personal testimonies I've heard from people from Central America and Cubans that have escaped the tropical gulag and have had to use Mexican territories to get to the USA.

I mean, I've seen - literally - clinical cases of post traumatic stress disorder caused by violent experiences individuals have suffered while being kidnapped by Mexican officials while trying to get to the US border.

Here is a preview:

... in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system. And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona's that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally.
"There (in the United States), they'll deport you," Hector Vázquez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlán. "In Mexico they'll probably let you go, but they'll beat you up and steal everything you've got first."  

In one six-month period from September 2008 through February 2009, at least 9,758 migrants were kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico — 91 of them with the direct participation of Mexican police, a report by the National Human Rights Commission said. Other migrants are routinely stopped and shaken down for bribes, it said.
A separate survey conducted during one month in 2008 at 10 migrant shelters showed Mexican authorities were behind migrant attacks in 35 of 240 cases, or 15%.
Most migrants in Mexico are Central Americans who are simply passing through on their way to the United States, human rights groups say. Others are Guatemalans who live and work along Mexico's southern border, mainly as farm workers, as maids, or in bars and restaurants.

On top of that, on October 2008. Mexico's government signed an agreement with the Cuban government to deport back to the communist island all Cuban nationals captured in transit or without documents in Mexican territory. More details here, here and here.

Mexico's government knows their national emigration to the USA is based on economic motives. Mexico's government knows that Cuban emigrants  are escaping a communist dictatorship and seeking freedom.

But they have chosen to side with the oppressors.
And now its president has the guts to come into his neighbor's house and criticize their legislation.

They march in the USA, sometimes not-so-peacefully, demanding rights for undocumented immigrants. But are turning the blind eye and the deaf ear to what THEY ARE DOING to other immigrants in Mexico's soil.

If that is not hypocrisy and lack of minimal decency, how on earth would you call it?

Now, let the tirade of "racist" offenses, begin...


Carlos Echevarria said...

Hypocrisy of the highest order by the Mexican forgot to mention their "peaceful" protests whereupon they wave Mexican flags, don Che Guevara shirts and attire and openly call for revolution, violence and the forcible return of "stolen" Mexican land here on American soil!!!

Plus, why the heck would they want to live and work in a "racist", "imperialist" country that exploits them???

They should go to their beloved "workers paradise" in Cuba or Venezuela!!!!

Cubanita said...

Exactly my line of thoughts, Carlos... but,again, double standards and unwilligness to see the reality in front of their eyes is what is killing Latin America in general.

You can show them Che's words regarding Mexicans thousand times and they will still happily sport the face of a man that would have exterminated them.

Honestly, I am unable to find a logical explanation to such a high level of useful idiotness - if that is ever a word!