2005 November 01 Tuesday
Heather Mac Donald On Mexican Diplomats Helping Mexicans Break US Laws

Read Heather Mac Donald's latest on immigration and Mexico.

Disseminating information about how to evade a host country’s laws is not typical consular activity. Consulates exist to promote the commercial interests of their nations abroad and to help nationals if they have lost passports, gotten robbed, or fallen ill. If a national gets arrested, consular officials may visit him in jail, to ensure that his treatment meets minimum human rights standards. Consuls aren’t supposed to connive in breaking a host country’s laws or intervene in its internal affairs.

The border-breaking guide is just the tip of the iceberg of Mexican meddling, however. After 9/11, Vicente Fox’s government realized that the immigration amnesty that it had expected from President Bush was on hold. So it came up with the second best thing: a de facto amnesty, at the heart of which is something called the matricula consular card.

Mexican consulates, like those of other countries, have traditionally offered consular cards to their nationals abroad for registration purposes, in case they disappear. In practice, few Mexicans bothered to obtain them. After 9/11, though, officials at Los Pinos (the Mexican White House) ordered their consulates to promote the card as a way for illegals to obtain privileges that the U.S. usually reserves for legal residents. The consulates started aggressively lobbying American governmental officials and banks to accept matriculas as valid IDs for driver’s licenses, checking accounts, mortgage lending, and other benefits.

The only type of Mexican who would need such identification is an illegal one; legal aliens already have sufficient documentation to get driver’s licenses or bank accounts. Predictably, the IDs flew off the shelf—more than 4.7 million since 2000. Every day, illegals seeking matriculas swamp the consulates. Every seat and place to stand in the modest, white stucco Santa Ana, California, consulate was filled one morning this July, most of the people there seeking the 200 or so matriculas that the consulate issues per day.

The Mexican government knows just how subversive its matricula effort is. A consulate’s right to issue such a card to its nationals is indisputable; where the Mexican diplomats push the envelope is in lobbying governments to adopt it as an American ID. In announcing the normalization-through-the-matricula push, then-foreign minister Jorge Castañeda was characteristically blunt: “We are already giving instructions to our consulates that they begin propagating militant activities—if you will—in their communities.”

The Mexican government opposes housing codes and other laws that make it hard for illegals to live in American society.

Mexico’s consuls go even further in undermining U.S. border law. They’re evolving a “disparate impact” theory that holds that any police action is invalid if it falls upon illegal Mexicans, even if that action has nothing to do with immigration. In July, the Mexican consul general in New York City, Arturo Sarukhan, lambasted Suffolk County, Long Island, officials for evicting over a hundred illegal aliens whose dangerously overcrowded housing violated fire and safety codes. The code enforcement constituted a “vilif[ication]” of the Mexicans, Sarukhan said, and inflamed community “tensions.” Policing fire and safety codes is a core function of local government—unless it interferes with an illegal Mexican, in the New York consul general’s view. He might note that the “tensions” in Long Island aren’t due to the Suffolk County government but to the continuing influx of Latin Americans flouting American law.

Mexico wants us to take in their illegals and then educate their illegals and their American citizen descendants as Mexicans in Spanish and with Mexican history lessons.

The gall of Mexican officials does not end with the push for illegal entry. After demanding that we educate their surplus citizens, give those citizens food stamps, deliver their babies, provide them with doctors and hospital beds, and police their neighborhoods, the Mexican government also expects us to help preserve their loyalty to Mexico.

Since 1990, Mexico has embarked on a series of initiatives to import Mexican culture into the U.S. Mexico’s five-year development plan in 1995 announced that the “Mexican nation extends beyond . . . its border”—into the United States. Accordingly, the government would “strengthen solidarity programs with the Mexican communities abroad by emphasizing their Mexican roots, and supporting literacy programs in Spanish and the teaching of the history, values, and traditions of our country.”

The current launching pad for these educational sallies is the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior. The IME directs several programs aimed at American schools. Each of Mexico’s 47 consulates in the U.S. (a number that expands nearly every year) has a mandate to introduce Mexican textbooks into schools with significant Hispanic populations. The Mexican consulate in Los Angeles showered nearly 100,000 textbooks on 1,500 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District this year alone. Hundreds of thousands more have gone to school districts across the country, which pay only shipping charges. Showing admirable follow-up skills, the consulates try to ensure that students actually read the books. L.A. consulate reps, for instance, return to schools that have the books and ask questions. “We test the students,” explains Mireya Magaña Gálvez, a consul press attaché. “We ask the students: what are you reading about now? We try to repeat and repeat.”

I bet that in poorer parts of Mexico there's a shortage of school books.

The Mexican government lies about why it wants Mexican history taught in American schools.

Like most explanations given for Mexican involvement in American cultural matters, the justification for the textbook initiative is tortured. “If people are living in the U.S., of course they need to become excellent citizens of this place,” says Magaña Gálvez. “If we can help in their education, they will understand better.” But if the goal is American assimilation, why take a detour through Mexican history? “We must talk about Mexican history,” she explains. “Our history is very rich, very intensive. It’s important to know that history. The students will feel proud to become Americans if they feel proud of their country.”

Mexican diplomats lobby California schools to violate the proposition law against bilingual education. George W. Bush's US Department of Education cooperates with Mexico on a program to bring Mexican teachers into US schools to train US teachers to teach Mexican culture and history. Our government and the Mexican government are the enemies of US nationalism.

The Mexicans are massive hypocrites. Mexican immigration laws select for people who will not be net drains on society.

Mexico’s own immigration policies are the exact opposite of what it relentlessly advocates in the United States. Its entry permits favor scientists, technicians, teachers of underrepresented disciplines, and others likely to contribute to “national progress.” Immigrants may only enter through established ports and at designated times. Anyone not presenting the proper documentation and health certificates won’t get in; the transportation company that brought him must pay his return costs. Foreigners who do not “strictly comply” with the entry conditions will face deportation. Steve Royster, who worked in the American consulate in Mexico from 1999 to 2001, presided over several deportations of Americans who had overstayed their visas. “They were given a choice: accept deportation or go to jail,” he says.

Providing full college tuition or all-expenses-paid secondary and primary education for illegal American students in Mexico? Unthinkable. Until recently, U.S.-born children of Mexican parents weren’t even allowed to enroll in Mexican public schools, reserved for Mexican citizens only. The parents would have to bribe officials for Mexican birth certificates for their kids. (The 1998 change in the Mexican constitution to allow dual nationality now makes enrollment by U.S.-born Mexicans possible.) “We’re not friendly with immigrants; that’s a big difference with the speech we have here with American schools,” admits a Mexican diplomat.

See "FBI Official Says Matricula Consular Card Is Security Threat". Also see my previous posts on Heather on immigration: "Heather Mac Donald: The Immigrant Gang Plague", "Heather Mac Donald On The Illegal Alien Crime Wave", "Heather Mac Donald On Terrorism, Racism, Immigration Law Violators", "Heather Mac Donald On Illegal Alien Gangs And Restrictions On Police", nad "Heather Mac Donald: A New Latino Underclass".

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 November 01 11:41 PM  Immigration Politics

John S Bolton said at November 2, 2005 9:48 PM:

There is something traitorous in our politicians not recognizing that these mexican policies are hostile; they have declared war on us. The consistent appeasement of mexican aggression is emboldening them. No diplomacy is possible with Mexico in these conditions; only military force will bring them back into line.

Bulldog said at November 3, 2005 4:58 AM:

Yeah, the mexicans need a good spanking. The wall of separation idea is good at whatever price to build, and maybe let some special ops guys with sniper teams dress as border patrol and drive around in the BP SUVs near the places the mexican troops have fired on border patrol agents. You might wanna keep a rapid response team ready and a tomahawk or two targeted on the nearest federale barracks. It's a race to see what's gonna be the 51st state.

fabian said at February 17, 2006 1:06 AM:

Well what about me I love being here in America. It is hard for me at times to deal with the constant chage. It seems that immigration laws to keep the Mexican out are not working. I do not say this to get people mad, it's really the truth. It's funny that the new terrorism tread seems to be comming only from the Mexican side of the border. this country has a north, south, east, and west borde. Canadias seem to come in and out of this contry as they please. Why all this emphasis on that side of the border. May I remind you that the early English settlers themseves did not have any borders to keep them from going where ever they pleased. What makes you think that a simple metal border is going to stop a Mexican from entering the states illegally? Im sure that if human rights were not establish some people would want to have a high voltage fence all across this contry. However, I would not be surprised if a Mexican found a way around that. It offens me to hear all the talks about getting all these people out when we are the ones that clean your houses, mow your lawns, cook your food, harvest the fields, ext. As of recently we are becoming the larges minority. Time does repeat its self. In 1957 the civil rights movement was made by the largest minority at the time, African American. You can set all these policies that will only slow down the minority of today, however, you will not be able to stop this culture from settling down permanently in the United States, just like the English settlers did not stop the Indians from taking over the land that they were so attached to.

luis torres said at March 12, 2006 7:02 PM:

i thinks it bs the way they get kick out or sent back they just wantg to be happy like us dont you all think hey there work better then 90% of us dont you think someone want to help me help them any ideas...

red apache said at March 26, 2006 7:45 AM:

I would like the U S to develop what I call the "Mirror Image Policy" The U S Policy would be a direct reflection of how other countries treat their immigration. We will treat you exactly as we would be treated!! I can hear the howls of UNFAIR already!!

dixibehr said at April 8, 2006 9:02 PM:

Fabian said this:


Clearly he knows nothing of the history of the US civil rights movements.

American blacks--who were born here, btw--were simply asking for the SAME rights as the white majority had under the Constitution of the USA.

Mexican immigrants, many of whom are here illegally (though not all, I'm happy to say), are demanding the same services and privileges (education, health care, food stamps, and the like) that were supposed to be available ONLY to native-born US citizens--services that the Mexican government would DENY to US citizens who entered Mexico illegally.

There is no comparison at all.

I realize that many illegal immigrants are in the USA who fell through the cracks of the system and were desperate to support themselves and their families. These have my sympathy, and all should be done to regularize their status.

But others came here to leech off the USA and to flout our laws.

And to those who say, "We're going to take this land back"--all you will do is turn the US territory into the same poverty-ridden, corrupt SHITHOLE you left Mexico to escape to start with.

Dixibehr said at April 8, 2006 9:07 PM:

Luis Torres said:


I think we'd all have a better idea what you meant if you wrote in English.

Tom said at June 22, 2006 10:36 AM:

George Carlin said it best when he said, "America is the greatest country anyone ever STOLE". Enough said, folks, we are now reaping what we have sown....

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