Friday, October 21, 2011

Calderon Blames the US.

Speaking in Mexico City, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said that crime in Mexican border towns is due in part, to US "dumping" of Mexican criminals there, instead of prosecuting them in the U.S.

There are many factors in the violence that is being experienced in some Mexican border cities, but one of those is that the American authorities have gotten into the habit of simply deporting 60 (thousand) or 70,000 migrants per year to cities like Ciudad Juarez or Tijuana," Calderon told an immigration conference.

The horror - to think that Americans are so inconsiderate that we drop criminals at the border, instead of giving them bus tickets all the way home.  I suppose these would be perfectly peaceful, law-abiding citizens had they not been cruelly dropped off in their own country.  Clearly Calderon is right: US deportations turn normal, peace-loving Mexicans into the drug-crazed killers and kidnappers that have made life all but impossible in northern Mexico. 

If it were the case that deportations lead to crime, it would be a fairly simple matter for the Mexican government to provide their returning citizens with some sort of repatriation aid, but the fact of the matter is, they're not interested.  The Mexican government helps people sneak into the US illegally; they're not so concerned about what happens next, as long as most of them mail home lots of cash.

Operation Fast and Furious has certainly facilitated violence in Mexico, but it's ridiculous for Calderon to blame Mexico's enormous crime problem on the US policy of deporting Mexicans.  Admittedly, convicted Mexican criminals are sent home after they serve their sentences (What else would we do with them?  Send them to Congress?) but it's not our fault that Mexico exerts no control over them when they return.

The truth of the matter is that the failed Mexican government sets its own citizens on the path to criminalization when it encourages them to violate US sovereignty. Calderon and his administration compromise the safety of Mexicans and breed contempt for the law by turning a blind eye to coyotes who smuggle human beings, sometimes turning them over to the equivalent of a slave trade, sometimes deserting them in the desert to die.

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