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Carol asks…

How do they treat illegal immigrants in Mexico?

If an American went to Mexico on vacation and decided to stay, without a visa or work permit, what would happen to them? What if they had a baby there, would Mexico consider that child a citizen of Mexico?

Tijuana answers:


Enter Mexico illegally and you’re treated as a felon. If you’re caught by the Federal Police, you’ll be fortunate if you’re only deported immediately. The unfortunate are robbed, abused, raped, or even murdered by corrupt police officers

The Mexican constitution includes the following restrictions:

• Pursuant to Article 33, “Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” This ban applies, among other things, to participation in demonstrations and the expression of opinions in public about domestic politics like those much in evidence in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere in recent days.

• Equal employment rights are denied to immigrants, even legal ones. Article 32: “Mexicans shall have priority over foreigners under equality of circumstances for all classes of concessions and for all employment, positions, or commissions of the Government in which the status of citizenship is not indispensable.”

• Jobs for which Mexican citizenship is considered “indispensable” include, pursuant to Article 32, bans on foreigners, immigrants, and even naturalized citizens of Mexico serving as military officers, Mexican-flagged ship and airline crew, and chiefs of seaports and airports.

• Article 55 denies immigrants the right to become federal lawmakers. A Mexican congressman or senator must be “a Mexican citizen by birth.” Article 91 further stipulates that immigrants may never aspire to become cabinet officers as they are required to be Mexican by birth. Article 95 says the same about Supreme Court justices.

• In accordance with Article 130, immigrants — even legal ones — may not become members of the clergy, either.

• Foreigners, to say nothing of illegal immigrants, are denied fundamental property rights. For example, Article 27 states, “Only Mexicans by birth or naturalization and Mexican companies have the right to acquire ownership of lands, waters, and their appurtenances, or to obtain concessions for the exploitation of mines or of waters.”

• Article 11 guarantees federal protection against “undesirable aliens resident in the country.” What is more, private individuals are authorized to make citizen’s arrests. Article 16 states, “In cases of flagrante delicto, any person may arrest the offender and his accomplices, turning them over without delay to the nearest authorities.” In other words, Mexico grants its citizens the right to arrest illegal aliens and hand them over to police for prosecution. Imagine the Minutemen exercising such a right!

• The Mexican constitution states that foreigners — not just illegal immigrants — may be expelled for any reason and without due process. According to Article 33, “the Federal Executive shall have the exclusive power to compel any foreigner whose remaining he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action.”

Nancy asks…

Do ANY Americans travel to Mexico now that the drug gangs are killing everybody?

Let’s face it: Without American tourism, Mexico‘s economy will collapse, and with it the government. Now that the drug gangs are rampantly murdering people by the truck loads, are ANY Americans traveling to Mexico for vacation or even for business? Who would want to? Is the government going to do anything about it, or will they let the economy and government collapse?

Tijuana answers:

I think the Mexican government will probably protect the tourist areas and let the rest of the country to go hell.

Donald asks…

Am I safe to use tap water in Mexico to clean dentures?

I’m going to Mexico on vacation soon, specifically to Cozumel. I’ve been there before so I know we will be provided with a bottle of purified water in the bathroom. I recently had to have dentures fitted and I have found that warm water is best for cleaning the denture adhesive off the false teeth. When I go to Cozumel am I ok to use the warm tap water to clean the dentures as long as I rinse them with mouthwash afterwards? Or should I stick to the purified water provided. I don’t want to get any nasty tummy bugs, managed to avoid them last time we were there.

Tijuana answers:

I live in Playa del Carmen. We are told that the tap water is clean, and I brush my teeth with it. I never drink it, though. There is a product you can get to purify water , called bactericide that you can get in most Walmart-like stores. It comes in a little bottle and would be easy to travel with. You might bring it with you and put your dentures in a glass with water and a few drops of that after you wash them in warm tap water. And while you are here, if you worry about tummy bugs, pick up Vermox tablets in a drug store here. You don’t need a prescription. When you get home, take both tablets at once. Kills amoebas and other bad bugs. Have a great trip!!

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