A Handbook On Breaking the Law?

Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 at 12:57 PM

A new book “Guide for the Mexican Immigrant” is being sold in Mexico. Some excerpts from the chronicle:

On one page appears a colorful drawing of people walking in the desert near power lines, with the hint that, “If you get lost, guide yourself with light poles, train tracks or dirt roads.”

“Crossing a river can be very risky, especially if you cross alone and at night,” the booklet warns. “Heavy clothing becomes heavier when wet, and this makes swimming or floating difficult.”

…and some from the arizona republic:

Dramatic drawings show undocumented immigrants wading into a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol and crouching near a hole in a border fence. On other pages, they hike through a desert with rock formations reminiscent of Arizona and are caught by a stern-faced Border Patrol agent.

Ok, what really gets me isn’t the fact that this book is available–you can go on the public internet and find out how to make bombs if you wanted to–but it’s the fact that this book is being put out by the Mexican government! This is blatant encouragement for breaking U.S. law by another country.

Why don’t we close our borders and let Mexican citizens cry out for government reform so they can actually improve their own economy? If no reforms, then revolution, just like every other country.

…just some uplifting commentary to start out the new year.

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