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Corruption endemic in the Mexican government: The Mexican Wall

October 2, 2010

Under cover of media darkness, Mexico has been building a wall on its southern border with Guatemala, ostensibly to stop the flow of drugs. Yet Mexican Superintendent of Tax Administration Raul Diaz admits the wall will also prevent the free passage of illegal aliens.

Some 500,000 illegals sneak into Mexico annually. Compared to all Mexicans currently living illegally in American cities, taking full advantage of the benefits stubbornly preserved for them by bankrupt city, state and governments, Mexico’s illegal influx is a mere pittance, but it’s enough to anger opponents. Still, Guatemala doesn’t want its escape hatch closed. As Vice President Rafael Espada opined, “The walls are not the solution to the problems.”

The Catholic Church entered the fray quickly in the person of Fr. Francisco Pellizari, an Italian working in Mexico with illegals. In an interesting, if somewhat daft, line of reasoning, Pellizari claims, “The dramatic increase in the cost of ‘polleros’ (human traffickers) and the corruption of the authorities is the result of the walls the United States plans to build and has built along the border. [The] results will be the same” in Guatemala. More to the point is the mordida, Mexican slang for “bribe”: in the “small” sense, the bribe given a Mexican official to look the other way; but in the larger sense, it’s the corruption endemic in the Mexican government.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon as yet hasn’t commented. However, when Arizona’s SB 1070 passed, Calderon blew a gasket, denouncing the law as an invitation “to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement” — each one an attribute that Mexico’s immigration laws exhibit. Calderon’s own government will bar outsiders “found to be physically or mentally unhealthy … economic burdens on society” or anyone who shows contempt for national sovereignty. Being in Mexico illegally is punishable by two years in a Mexican prison.

As we’ve seen time and time again, the guiltiest are always the first to point fingers. Oh, Mexico! Thy name is Hypocrisy!

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