Having trouble designing an itinerary for your clandestine U.S. border crossing?
And once nestled inside your new American community (while it still is American—before it's Mexifornicated), will you find your oversized sombrero, gaucho mustache and over-packed burro are a red flag for immigration authorities?
Is your ignorance of American discourse, specifically with those dratted border patrol agents, thwarting your attempts to relocate your family to the United States?
Have we got a book for you!…or I should say the Mexican government has a book for you.
As reported by the Arizona Republic's Chris Hawley
“The Mexican government is giving out a colorful new comic book with advice for migrants…The 32-page book, The Guide for the Mexican Migrant, was published in December by Mexico's Foreign Ministry. Using simple language, the book offers safety information for border crossers, a primer on their legal rights and advice on living unobtrusively in the United States.”Note that the Guide [pdf file] was thoughtfully published in time for Christmas!—when “migrants” often go home for a long holiday.
Who said the Mexican government doesn't care about its people?
1.5 million of these books will be stashed inside a popular cowboy comic book and distributed throughout the five states that produce the most migrant traffic: Zacatecas, Michoacán, Puebla, Oaxaca and Jalisco. [Read the book here, in PDF, courtesy of FAIR.]
Many more will be sent to all 54 Mexican consulate offices for distribution within the United States.
Hawley's article contained many excerpts of the helpful hints in the new publication and here we can break them down by topic:
“Avoid attracting attention, at least while you are arranging your stay or documents to live in the United States…The best formula is to not alter your routine of going from work to home."
By “serious questions,” I mean this book is a roughly-hewn declaration of war.
Most wars involve invasion. This is an invasion. Does Mexico have to write us a letter?
Oops! They just did!
Not surprisingly, the Mexican Foreign Ministry wouldn't respond to Hawley's requests for an interview on the book. But he did elicit some interesting quotes:
But in fact there are four pages in the book devoted to how to live in the United States undetected.
It's aiding and abetting a crime.
The “Guide” offers no tips on how to obtain a legal visa to enter the U.S.
And, of course, it makes no mention of perhaps improving the condition of Mexico—so its citizens might end their unprecedented “Mexodus.”
So what is America—i.e. the President and Congress—going to do about this latest attack orchestrated by Mexico?
“We must do a better job of stopping those who seek to come into our country illegally. I support strict border enforcement programs such as Operation Hold the Line, which concentrate border patrol officers and resources at known border-crossing points.”And President Bush speaks often of the problem with coyotes or smugglers who illegally assist Mexicans across our border.
But how is his alleged good friend Vincente Fox any different from a coyote?
The answer: he is not.
Or at least, as far as our government is concerned, he shouldn't be.