The Associated Press has an article about Mexican consular activity, which begins thusly
Not only is the Mexican government not building a wall; it's spending $50 million to beef up its legal aid to migrants who fear deportation, a response to President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. All 50 Mexican consulates in the U.S. on Friday launched legal assistance centers to form partnerships with nonprofit groups and tap lawyers to help those fearing Trump's policies.Haven’t some of us been pointing out things like this for years?
By Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press, March 3, 2017
Miami's Mexican consul general, Jose Antonio Zabalgoitia, said Friday that these centers would become "authentic advocates of the rights of Mexican migrants."Translation: “Mexican migrants” = Mexican Illegal Aliens
"What changes today is that we are prioritizing legal matters over everything. Previously, we didn't have the need to seek so much legal support for our people," he said. "But now, we need to protect them against an eventual deportation."Is the Trump Administration aware of this? It ought to be an even bigger incentive to carry out deportations unapologetically. This is our immigration policy, not Mexico’s.
Mexican consulates are forming partnerships with law schools, immigration clinics and nonprofit groups that litigate on behalf of immigrants. The centers are staffed with Mexican lawyers who can refer cases to organizations or clinics. They are also reaching out to private law firms interested in taking on pro-bono work.Mexican foreign Minister Luis Videgaray was in the Big Apple on March 3rd.
Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray visited New York City's consulate Friday and called the effort "a moral imperative."Anchor babies are a topic of concern.
"It is something that we will continue to do by obligation and conviction," Videgaray said.
Consulates from Mexico and other Central American nations have been juggling numerous inquiries in recent months from migrants concerned about their fate and that of their U.S.-born children. Zabalgoitia said the increase in requests for documents and help is "enormous," as he pointed to a waiting room with dozens of people carrying folders of documents in need of birth certificates, Mexican passports and other identifications. "I used to sign two birth certificates a week. Only yesterday, I signed 15."Remember, according to Mexican law, any child of a Mexican born anywhere in the world is entitled to be a Mexican citizen. And that’s great, as we need to abolish the anchor baby loophole, and future anchor babies can just go home to Mexico.
Mexican consulates all over the country are getting more clients.
Dozens of people visited the consulate in St. Paul, Minnesota, some lining up along the walls and asking the consul general questions. In the Philadelphia mission, which also covers Delaware and southern New Jersey, daily appointments at the consulate have doubled to 400 people, Consul General Alicia Kerber-Palma said. Near Boston, Mexican diplomats have been meeting with families at churches and community events to explain the challenges of claiming U.S.-born children, without dual nationality, after deportation. Mexican diplomats in Houston, where half a million Mexican immigrants live, said requests for Mexican birth certificates at the consulate are up 50 percent since Trump begin announcing tough measures to curb illegal immigration.The fact they are obtaining Mexican birth certificates for their children means they think they may have to return to Mexico.
"The tolerance is gone. I think that's the best way of describing it," said Oscar Solis, a first secretary of the Mexican consulate in Houston. "It's like in wars. They come for one person and many who are innocent - or not really involved - end up paying."Tolerance for lawbreaking had better be gone. Any illegal alien is subject to deportation and ought to be deported forthwith.