On one hand, the demand of Mexican border-area mayors that America not deport Mexican felons back to Mexico is about as arrogant as it gets. Particularly when they say the lawful repatriations contribute to border violence — hmmm!
On the other hand, the mayors are merely following the strong hints from Washington that U.S. sovereignty is no longer defended. After all, the Obama justice department sued Arizona for enforcing immigration law. Mexican Presidente Calderon openly attacked Arizona on the floor of Congress and was cheered for doing so by Democrats.
Honestly, who can blame the mayors? They are appealing to one-worlder Obama. The Mexes know he represents their side, not standing up for American citizens’ rights to a meaningful border, free from invasion.
U.S. Worsens Mexican Violence by Returning Criminal Aliens to Border Cities, Mayors Say, Fox News, September 29, 2010
A coalition of Mexican mayors has asked the United States to stop deporting illegal immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes in the U.S. to Mexican border cities, saying the deportations are contributing to Mexican border violence.
The request was made at a recent San Diego conference in which the mayors of four Mexican border cities and one U.S. mayor, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, gathered to discuss cross-border issues.
Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes blamed U.S. deportation policy for contributing to his city’s violence, saying that of the 80,000 people deported to Juarez in the past three years, 28,000 had U.S. criminal records — including 7,000 convicted rapists and 2,000 convicted murderers.
Those criminal deportees, he said, have contributed to the violence in Juarez, which has reported more than 2,200 murders this year. Reyes and the other Mexican mayors said that when the U.S. deports criminals back to Mexico, it should fly them to their hometowns, not just bus them to the border.
But critics in America say the Mexican lawmakers are simply trying to pass the buck to the U.S. and its taxpayers. They say the Mexicans should take responsibility for their criminals, who are putting both Mexican and American lives in danger.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement transports a majority of Mexican criminal aliens back to Mexico on buses. Since they’re often held in U.S. detention centers near the border prior to deportation, busing them to Mexican border cities is much less expensive than flying them to the interior of the country.
Those convicted of crimes in the U.S. are required first to fulfill “any sentence imposed by the U.S. courts,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told FoxNews.com.
She said all of the deportees are then inspected by Mexican immigration authorities when they arrive in Mexico, and if they are wanted for crimes in Mexico, they are also met by representatives from the Mexican Attorney General's Office.
But if they don’t have charges pending against them in Mexico, they are free men and women once they cross the border regardless of what they have done in the U.S.
Below, former DHS official Julie Myers notes how interior officials of Mexico don’t want their thugs back either.