Mexico's Immigration Thuggery Remains Intact

When Presidente Calderon did his amnesty tour of Washington last week, he told CNN interviewer Wolf Blitzer that Mexico had cleaned up its act regarding treatment of foreign nationals within its borders.

The Situation Room, CNN, May 19, 2010

BLITZER: All right. Let’s talk a little bit about Mexico’s laws. I read an article in “The Washington Times” the other day. I’m going to read a paragraph to you and you tell me if this is true or not true. This is from “The Washington Times”: “Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to reenter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.”

Is that true?

CALDERON: It was true, but it is not anymore. We derogate or we erased that part of the law. Actually, the legal immigration is not a — is not a crime in Mexico. Not anymore, since one year ago. And that is the reason why we are trying to establish our own comprehensive public policy talking about, for instance, immigrants coming from Central America… […]

BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job…

CALDERON: No, no.

BLITZER: They can work.

CALDERON: If — if somebody do that without permission, we send back — we send back them.

BLITZER: You find them and you send them back?

CALDERON: Yes. However, especially with the people of Guatemala, we are providing a new system in which any single citizen from Guatemala could be able to visit any single border (INAUDIBLE) in the south. And even with all the requirements, he can or she can visit any parts of Mexico.

BLITZER: I ask the questions because there’s an argument that people in Arizona and New Mexico and — and Texas, they say they’re only trying to do in their states what Mexico itself does in the southern part of Mexico.

CALDERON: I know. And that is a very powerful argument. But that is one of the reasons why we are trying to change our policy.

And let me be frank, Wolf. In the past, Mexican authorities were in a — in a — in an unfortunate way in the treatment for immigrants. But now we are changing the policy. We changed already the law. And that is different today. We are trying to write a new story, talking about immigrants, especially coming from Central American countries.

So Mexico supposedly made its immigration laws more humane as a way to not appear a complete hypocrite in comparison with America.

However…

It appears that the “reforms” Calderon claims for Mexico are imaginary, according to a recent report:

Activists blast Mexico’s immigration law, USA Today, May 25, 2010

TULTITLN, Mexico — Arizona’s new law forcing local police to take a greater role in enforcing immigration law has caused a lot of criticism from Mexico, the largest single source of illegal immigrants in the United States.

But in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system.

And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona’s that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally.

“There (in the United States), they’ll deport you,” Hector Vázquez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlán. “In Mexico they’ll probably let you go, but they’ll beat you up and steal everything you’ve got first.”

Mexican authorities have harshly criticized Arizona’s SB1070, a law that requires local police to check the status of persons suspected of being illegal immigrants. The law provides that a check be done in connection with another law enforcement event, such as a traffic stop, and also permits Arizona citizens to file lawsuits against local authorities for not fully enforcing immigration laws.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said the law “violates inalienable human rights” and Democrats in Congress applauded Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s criticisms of the law in a speech he gave on Capitol Hill last week.

Yet Mexico’s Arizona-style law requires local police to check IDs. And Mexican police freely engage in racial profiling and routinely harass Central American migrants, say immigration activists.

“The Mexican government should probably clean up its own house before looking at someone else’s,” said Melissa Vertíz, spokeswoman for the Fray Matías de Córdova Human Rights Center in Tapachula, Mexico. Continue reading this article

Obama's Border Band-aid of a Few Troops Won't Help

There are several important points in thee video below from Fox News reporting out of Douglas, Arizona, regarding how Obama’s deployment of 1200 National Guard troops to the border might work out. (By comparison, the plan of Senators McCain and Kyl called for 6,000 military personnel.)

One is the concern of locals that the National Guard won’t carry loaded weapons and will not be able to confront the dangerous drug gangsters now coming across. There is a shooting war going on in Mexico right now among the cartels and seriousness from Washington is required. A few soldiers for display purposes only will not create real deterrence.

Another consideration is that by placing a few troops on the border, Obama is signaling that NOW is the time for Mexicans et al to crash into the United States to get in on the mega-amnesty. Every time the he chats up Presidente Calderon, a surge of Mexicans breaks in.

Plus, a list of homelands shown of OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) contains various unfriendly nations, such as North Korea and Somalia.

Following is an example of a terror alert from today.

Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border, Fox News, May 26, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com.

The warning follows an indictment unsealed this month in Texas federal court that accuses a Somali man in Texas of running a “large-scale smuggling enterprise” responsible for bringing hundreds of Somalis from Brazil through South America and eventually across the Mexican border. Many of the illegal immigrants, who court records say were given fake IDs, are alleged to have ties to other now-defunct Somalian terror organizations that have merged with active organizations like Al Shabaab, al-Barakat and Al-Ittihad Al-Islami.

In 2008, the U.S. government designated Al Shabaab a terrorist organization. Al Shabaab has said its priority is to impose Sharia, or Islamic law, on Somalia; the group has aligned itself with Al Qaeda and has made statements about its intent to harm the United States.

In recent years, American Somalis have been recruited by Al Shabaab to travel to Somalia, where they are often radicalized by more extremist or operational anti-American terror groups, which Al Shabaab supports. The recruiters coming through the Mexican border are the ones who could be the most dangerous, according to law enforcement officials.

Al Shabaab is a rough bunch inclined toward sharia law, as I noted in a blog, In Somalia, “Stoner” Has a Different Meaning.

Les Phillip: Retired Navy Pilot Runs for Congress in Alabama

So far, there are 32 black Republicans running for the House of Representatives.

Les Phillip, a Navy veteran, is campaigning in Alabama’s 5th district. His most recent ad tells quite a story in 30 seconds.

First Newark Schoolyard Trial Gets Conviction

The families of the three brutally murdered young people were satisfied and relieved that Roldolfo Godinez was found guilty. The trial was a long time coming since August 2007, when three college friends were slaughtered on a schoolyard by a group of MS-13 gangsters.

It is a good outcome in particular because the evidence linking Godinez to the actual murders was weak compared with the other accused. Yet he was found guilty on all 17 counts, including murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons violations.

Man Is Convicted in Newark School Murders, New York Times, May 24, 2010

NEWARK — In the first trial stemming from the shootings of four college-age friends in a schoolyard here nearly three years ago, a jury on Monday returned guilty verdicts for three murders and one attempted murder after less than a day of deliberations.

The jury in State Superior Court, in Newark, convicted Rodolfo Godinez, a 26-year-old gang member and native of Nicaragua, of all the charges facing him, including multiple counts of robbery, weapons charges and conspiracy. Each murder count carries a minimum penalty of 30 years to life in prison, and the sentences can be given consecutively.

“This man will never see the light of day,” the acting Essex County prosecutor, Robert D. Laurino, said.

As the jury foreman, a slender, middle-aged man, read the verdicts, several of the victims’ family members clutched one another, as some nearby wept silently. Shalga Hightower, the mother of one of the murder victims, Iofemi Hightower, shook visibly throughout the proceeding.

James Harvey, the father of another victim, Dashon Harvey, said afterward: “It’s truly a blessing from God. It’s to send a message to youth — ‘Do you really want to join a gang? This is what comes of it.’ ”

Mr. Harvey said it was gratifying to see Mr. Godinez “coming into court with a smirk on his face, and for us to have the last laugh.”

As the verdict was read, Mr. Godinez stared straight ahead impassively, his hands clasped in front of him, not turning to look at the jury. Judge Michael Ravin scheduled his sentencing for July 8.

Mr. Godinez’s lawyer, Roy Greenman, said, “Obviously, there will be an appeal on a number of grounds.” He declined to elaborate.

After three weeks of testimony, lawyers’ statements and instructions from the judge, the jurors began deliberations on Thursday afternoon. Judge Ravin gave them Friday off, and shortly after returning to court on Monday morning, they sent word that they had reached verdicts.

Prosecutors did not assert that Mr. Godinez, one of six defendants in the case, was the person who hacked at some of the victims with a machete, or the one who shot each of them, execution-style, in the back of the head with a .357-caliber Colt Trooper revolver. But they described him as a member and recruiter for the violent street gang to which the attackers belonged and as the one who summoned some of the others to the schoolyard on the night of Aug. 4, 2007, to instigate the attack.

Mr. Godinez came to the United States at age 9, probably illegally, and later gained legal residency, the authorities have said. At least one of the defendants is in this country illegally, and the status of another is unclear. Critics of United States immigration policy pointed to the schoolyard killings as evidence of a need for tougher enforcement.

At the time of the shootings, Mr. Godinez had been a fugitive for four years, after jumping bail on assault, robbery and weapons charges.

Interesting how the New York Times took pains to specify that Godinez was no longer illegal, “authorities have said.” More details would be welcome to make the claim more credible. And why was he given bail for violent crimes when he was a clear flight risk? Illegal aliens certainly live under a more permissive version of law enforcement than citizens.

The emotional high point of the trial came when the surviving victim, Natasha Aeriel, took the witness stand to describe the night when she, her brother Terrance Aeriel, Ms. Hightower and Mr. Harvey gathered behind the Mount Vernon elementary school to chat and listen to music. Ms. Aeriel recounted being sexually molested and slashed with a machete, hearing the shots that killed her brother and friends, and then being shot herself.

Troy Bradshaw, the Aeriels’ father, said after the verdict, “It’s still heavy on my heart.” He added that he had immense pride in his daughter, who might have to testify five more times.

That’s right. The families have endured one trial with five more to go. At least they have their faith and each other to lean on for emotional support.

Below, family members remarked on the verdict.

James Harvey with his wife Mary by his side reacts to Godinez verdict

Stop Sharia: the Poem

Look quickly: this video is rapidly disappearing from the internet. The images and words supporting justice for women living under totalitarian Islam (is there another kind?) has angered the Sons of Allah, who are complaining loudly about the video’s honesty. It’s only a couple minutes, but contains much truth about the suffering of innocents under Islam.

Stop Sharia Law Now (Mirror for Nessrriinn):

Lt. Colonel Allen West Discusses Immigration

The Florida candidate for the House of Representatives speaks to local citizens about border and sovereignty in Jupiter, Florida.

Dangerous Mexican Criminal Was Deported 9 Times (but Never Imprisoned)

What kind of punishment is it when violent criminal aliens are merely deported rather than imprisoned? They have no motivation to stay in Mexico when there is no negative reinforcement, merely a free trip home.

Those who commit crimes need to serve long terms in jail, breaking rocks into tiny little pieces, and be repatriated only following serious incarceration.

Investigators: Edmonds rape suspect deported nine times, KING 5 News, May 21, 2010

EDMONDS, Wash. – The KING 5 Investigators have learned that an illegal immigrant accused of raping a woman in Edmonds Sunday has been deported nine times. That’s much more than previously reported.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement won’t comment on the case of Jose Lopez Madrigal. But KING 5 got the information through confidential sources and documents.

Larry Klein was the man who heard the alleged victim’s cries for help. Police say the suspect pulled the woman off the street to a dumpster and raped her.

“I could see the back of his head. I could see his pants were down. I could see her lying on the ground. I could hear her crying, but I couldn’t really see her face,” said Klein.

Klein called police, who quickly arrested the suspect. But learning his identity took much longer because of some 30 aliases. It was only through fingerprints that they identified him as Madrigal, a Mexican citizen.

Madrigal’s arrest and immigration record includes a staggering number of contacts with law enforcement since 1989. That’s the year he was convicted of theft using a firearm in California.

He was deported a couple of times after that. Then in 1999, he was arrested for drug sales in both San Diego and San Francisco. Records show that he was deported three times that year between April and August.

He was arrested for drugs again in Stockton, Calif. in 2000. In 2002, he pleaded to third degree sexual assault in Denver. Later that year, he was deported again. And in 2003, records show he was deported three more times.

The video report includes the perp’s rap sheet, which is long and varied. Several crimes were committed in California, so why didn’t Three Strikes put him away for 25 to life? The guy is trouble and should have been punished by long imprisonment, not just deported.

Mexico's Calderon: Insulting America's Heroes?

How curious that the dinosaur media chirped cheerfully about the Mexican Presidente’s upcoming visit to Arlington Cemetery, but did little reporting following the actual deed.

Mexican president to make symbolic visit to Arlington Cemetery, Washington Post, May 19, 2010

When Mexican President Felipe Calderón pays his respects at Arlington National Cemetery this week, it will be more than a rote diplomatic gesture. He will be signaling the closure of a wound that dates from a 1914 U.S. military occupation — and the vast improvement in U.S.-Mexico relations in recent years.

Mexican officials say Calderón will be the first Mexican president to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Previous leaders resisted the move, they said, because the cemetery includes the graves of U.S. Marines who took part in the 1914 seizure of the port of Veracruz. Though largely forgotten by Americans, it was one of several U.S. military interventions in Mexico that shaped that country’s longtime wariness toward its northern neighbor.

The trip to Arlington “is a symbol of a much more modern relationship between both our countries,” said Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan. “More importantly, it is also a recognition of the role Mexican Americans and Latinos in general are playing in the armed forces of the United States.”

Perhaps the Presidente’s anti-American speech to Congress was so pleasing to liberal scribblers’ ears that they couldn’t imagine reporting anything in addition.

Follow-up articles were rare and short on details, although long on attitude, such as the following:

Mexican President Calderon honors Mexican-American soldiers, RT, May 20, 2010

During his state visit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon is taking time to recognize a unique group of Mexican-Americans.

Calderon’s visit Arlington National Cemetery is one of many stops he will make during his time with US President Barack Obama. […]

Calderon will be the first Mexican president in US history to lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington. Analysts say the act shows the Mexican president honoring the the sacrifices Latino families have made for American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Calderon visited Arlington National Cemetery supposedly to “honor” Americans but the ceremony is treated as being all about Mexicans, like our military couldn’t get along without them.

When the Mexican fifth column isn’t demanding open borders, they are inaccurately depicting Hispanics as being a vital part of America’s armed forces throughout military history, which they most certainly were not.

Raza activists raised a stink about the 2007 Ken Burns documentary about WWII (e.g. Ken Burns Hates Mexicans), claiming that “The War” left Hispanics out. (See my blogs Hispanic Dishonor of America’s WWII Veterans Continues Unabated and Hispanic Historic Revision.)

About 300,000 Mexican-Americans did serve in WWII, not a huge number considering 16 million citizens went to war — that’s 1.8 percent.

So with that background and recent outrages in mind, should American veterans and currently serving members of the armed forces feel honored by Calderon’s laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns?

As a citizen, I find it infuriating that America’s hallowed ground was used to score some post-national political points with a decidedly unfriendly neighbor. It’s not uncommon for official visitors from foreign governments to place a wreath at Arlington, but Calderon is a special case. He could have shown respect for the sacrifices Americans have made to defeat Nazis and Communism, but there’s no indication of anything so generous. As always, Calderon works for the Mexican tribe alone, which would be acceptable if he didn’t insult Americans in every way possible to do it.

From Arlington National Cemetery’s Facebook page:

In San Francisco, Diverse Cheaters Get a Free Ride

San Francisco is facing a budget deficit of $483 million in the next fiscal year, so it has been trying to tighten up on the many fare cheats who ride the city’s buses without paying.

For the last little while, authorities for Muni (aka Municipal Transportation Agency) sent around groups of officers to ticket the scofflaws before they could jump off the bus. It worked very well until the diversity whiners got involved.

The real reason Muni stopped fare enforcement saturations, San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2010

Here’s what happened: Last year Muni started a new effort to get people to actually pay to ride its buses and trains. The most effective way it found to do this was “saturation enforcement.” That meant putting about 15 uniformed officers in one spot at a time to bust fare evaders. (When there are fewer ticket-writing inspectors, they are simply outnumbered by scofflaws, who simply walk away scot-free.) Even though the policy was effective – fare evasion has gone down significantly since they started – Muni said it would abandon the saturations and go back to putting a couple inspectors at a time in each spot. Why? …

… Because of complaints to San Francisco’s Immigrant Rights Commission.

People were worried that inspectors were demanding proof of payment from riders who didn’t speak English, evoking the image of officers badgering the old Chinese man who simply can’t understand what he is supposed to do. But ironically, the saturations actually decrease the possibility of this kind of cultural misunderstanding. With that many officers in one spot there will always be one who can speak your language. When I was on the Muni platform, I heard several inspectors speaking fluently in Spanish and Cantonese.

In the sanctuary city of San Francisco, catering to every whim of immigrants and illegal aliens is the top priority, above everything else, including public safety and balancing the budget. Another example, San Francisco Won’t Impound Cars Of Unlicensed Drivers Because They Might Be Illegals!. Seriously, it is hard to keep up.

Below, city transportation in 1906, before the common diesel bus used today.

Alien Sanctuary by the Beach

Santa Cruz, California, used to be a laid-back beach community where nothing much happened, in a good way. Now it’s infested with Mexican gangsters and bad drugs.

Santa Cruz drug users hooked on Mexican-produced black tar heroin, San Jose Mercury, May 21, 2010
Black tar heroin grown and processed in the southern mountains of Mexico travels north up highways, crosses borders and finds its way to Santa Cruz County, where it’s sold for $10 a hit.

Mexican and Salvadoran gangs control some of the drug trade, but dealers also are tight-knit Mexican families or even addicts.

Drug users — from high school- and college-age kids to people in their 50s — get their heroin fix at small camps tucked behind trees along the railroad tracks in Santa Cruz’s Harvey West neighborhood or from drug houses scattered across the county.

Santa Cruz is one of the many stupid communities which have adopted sanctuary policies, thereby welcoming foreign criminals and providing them with ideal places to ply their trades.

Liberals can get seriously out of control in sanctuary cities. San Francisco famously spent piles of money coddling illegal Honduran crack dealers who had fake IDs showing them to be juveniles.

Anyway, Santa Cruz was all peace and love toward their local illegal aliens until violent drug crime went off the charts. Finally they had to call in the federal immigration agencies to clean up the mess, but old attitudes persist.

Santa Cruz police to partner with immigration officials to fight gang violence, San Jose Mercury, May 5, 2010

Besieged by unsolved gang violence, Santa Cruz police turned to federal immigration agents for help this week.

Beginning Tuesday, a team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are working with the Police Department to investigate gang crime in the city, Santa Cruz Police Chief Howard Skerry announced Wednesday.

“We’ve reached a point where I, as chief, will call in every available resource,” Skerry said. “The whole focus of this is to find out who committed these crimes and bring them to justice.” Carl Reimer, 19, died April 17 after being shot three times by suspected gang members in a Westside park area. No arrests have been made.

There also are outstanding suspects in three other gang-related homicides in the city dating back to October.

“I’m looking to solve crime, so they’re coming in and they’re going to help me,” Skerry said.

The effort is part of Operation Community Shield, an ongoing ICE effort to partner with local police agencies to address gang issues. […]

Santa Cruz city leaders said Wednesday they were pleased the Police Department is getting outside help in dealing with gang violence, but expressed reservations about the perception of ICE agents working in the city.

“We need to do everything we can to stop the gang violence while at the same time maintaining the community’s trust and open communication with our police department and law enforcement agencies so part of a solution has to be – must be – that there be information and education to the public,” Councilman Tony Madrigal said, adding people need to be told immigration authorities are coming to Santa Cruz for a specific purpose. “Any cooperation that happens cannot and should not whittle down the trust and the open communication that has taken so long to establish and build and grow.”

Santa Cruz is a “sanctuary city,” a label the City Council adopted in 1982 after Immigration and Naturalization Services authorities, the precursor to ICE, conducted raids in the Beach Flats neighborhood and pulled kids out of class at Bay View Elementary School, according to Mayor Mike Rotkin.

At the time, becoming a sanctuary city was as much an effort to protect residents as it was to assist police officers, who worried that actions by federal agents eroded the community’s trust in other law enforcement, including local police, Rotkin said.

The mayor was supportive of the new police-ICE partnership.

“I don’t think the plan is for ICE to come in here and do sweeps,” he said.

Too bad.

Rep. Tom McClintock Smacks Down Presidente Calderon

The Republican from northeastern California verbally socked the weaselly Mexican for arrogantly lecturing the American Congress on race and immigration.

Rep. McClintock quoted Teddy Roosevelt and then went on to explain the importance of assimilation.

Response to President Calderon, Rep McClintock Website, May 20, 2010

A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way.  He said:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico.  A recent RAND study discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

That is the broader meaning of our nation’s motto, “E Pluribus Unum” – from many people, one people, the American people.

But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of “E Pluribus Unum.”  It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles.

In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation.  In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws.

It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so.  And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law.  All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce.  It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no driver’s license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws – I reply that we don’t need to reform them – we need to enforce them.  Just as every other government does.  Just as Mexico does.

Here’s a video of the speech from the floor of Congress:

Michael Ramirez’ recent cartoon from Investors Business Daily was on target:

Narco-State Honcho Visits Washington

Is Mexico’s Presidente Felipe Calderon the rudest White House guest ever? His condemnation of Arizona’s newly heightened immigration enforcement was over the top for a foreign dignitary on a state visit. But host Obama and the liberal media already set the stage in inaccurately characterizing the law as racial profiling, so it was easy for el Presidente to be speak ungenerously about his neighbor.

Of course, in bashing Arizona, Calderon is bashing America, because the state is standing up for our national sovereignty while Washington won’t. Plus, Americans side with Arizona and don’t buy all the propaganda about profiling. (Apparently Felipe has largely written off American tourism since insulting potential customers is poor business practice. Plus the noisy gun battles between rival cartels can be offputting to sensitive travelers.)

When Presidente Calderon was interviewed on CNN (transcript), he repeated the lies about racism. He did admit that Mexican immigration laws had recently been softened to use as a club against the United States, because Mexico’s tough enforcement was “very powerful argument” in painting his country as a hypocrite in earlier amnesty battles.

Calderon also made a big deal of portraying his nation as a trustworthy neighbor, declaring in his speech to a joint session of Congress, “Mexico is determined to assume its responsibility. For us, migration is not just your problem.” … “I have come here as your neighbor, as your partner, as your ally, and as your friend.”

(Obama likes the word “partner” in describing his pal Calderon, and used it more than a dozen times in his welcoming press conference.)

But Calderon and the Mexicans don’t want illegal immigration to stop, a fact that two-thirds of Americans recognize, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. The $20 billion in annual remittances is easy money, and it helps keep millions of Mexican families fed and quiet.

If Calderon were a real “partner” in law enforcement, he would have police at the border preventing crossers from entering the US illegally. Instead, Mexico has Grupo Beta, a sort of border-roaming welfare worker cadre, to help the illegals get across.

In addition to lecturing Americans about racism, Presidente Calderon unloaded another pack of lies about guns during his Congressional speech:

Mexican President Challenges Congress On Immigration, Guns, NPR blog, May 20, 2010

Just to give you an idea, we have seized 75,000 guns and assault weapons in Mexico in the last three years. And more than 80 percent of those we have been able to trace came from the United States — from the United States.

And if you’ll look carefully, you will notice that the violence in Mexico started to grow a couple of years before I took office, in 2006. This coincides with the lifting of the assault-weapons ban in 2004. One day, criminals in Mexico, having gained an access to these weapons, decided to challenge the authorities in my country. Today, these weapons are aimed by the criminals not only at rival gangs, but also at Mexican civilians and authorities.

With all due respect, if you do not regulate the sale of these weapons in the right way, nothing guarantees that criminals here in the United States with access to the same power of weapons will not decided (sic) to challenge American authorities and civilians. It is true the U.S. government is now carrying out operations against gun traffickers. But it’s — it is also true that there are more than 7,000 gun shops along the border with Mexico, where almost anyone can purchase these powerful weapons.

True assault weapons are full auto and are not legally available in any American gun store, so the guy is lying like a rug, er engaging in political theater for the folks back home and liberal gun confiscators here.

Other weasel words were chosen carefully. He referred to the guns “we have been able to trace…” Most of the recovered firearms have no identification numbers because they come from China and similarly squirrelly arms suppliers.

The facts are unfriendly to gun grabbers…

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S., Fox News, April 2, 2009

There’s just one problem with the 90 percent “statistic” and it’s a big one:

It’s just not true.

In fact, it’s not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What’s true, an ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency’s assistant director, “is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S.”

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

“Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market,” Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

See also a video version of this story, Fox Report: Mexican guns not from US.

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