Arizona vs. Mexico: Crime and Illegal Aliens
Paul Drockton M.A.
What exactly are the rights of those that come into the country illegally? Should they enjoy the same Constitutional Protections as Naturalized Citizens of the United States? Of course, we are talking about Civil Rights and Due Process, Miranda Rights, etc.
The answer of course, is that all human beings deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, but to enter into this country illegally is a violation of both Federal and State Statutes. Thus, illegal aliens are criminals because they are, well, illegal aliens. When I spent two years in South America, I carried my Visa and Passport with me at all times. No one ever asked for them, but I still had them on me, and they still had the right to ask me for them anyplace and anytime they wanted to.
I knew people that overstayed their Visas. They were unable to find employment because it was illegal to hire them. They were ineligible for Medical Care because they were not citizens. They could not attend school for the same reason. They did have one other thing in common, they were all American citizens living in the country illegally!
Mexico is no different:
“First, Mexico put its military and police forces on its porous, zigzagged, mountainous, crime-ridden southern border with Guatemala. Chiapas – the South Carolina-sized southern Mexican state that shares the longest border with Guatemala – is Mexico’s poorest, most illiterate state. About Chiapas, one United Nations human rights commissioner said, “Mexico is one of the countries where illegal immigrants are highly vulnerable to human rights violations and become victims of degrading sexual exploitation and slavery-like practices, and are denied access to education and health care.” (Source)
So, Mexico does not provide free education or healthcare to illegal immigrants. How are they treated otherwise?
“Typically, when Mexican authorities catch illegal aliens, they place them overnight in a detention center, then bus or fly them back to their country of origin. Despite the fact that Mexico militarized its border and deported 203,128 illegal immigrants in 2004, many illegals get through by bribing corrupt military and police.” (Ibid)