Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Comic book instructions aren’t enough, now the Mexican government considers giving migrants GPS devices

Two years ago, the Mexican government shocked Americans when it handed out ‘comic book’ style instruction to Mexican migrants, showing how to secretly cross the border into the U.S. and live without attracting much attention.

But now the Mexican government may take things a step further and provide the migrants with satellite-tracking global positioning devices to assist in crossing the border.

In 2005, illegal aliens crossing into the U.S. were found with comic books and videos — produced and distributed by the Mexican government — that described how to sneak into the United States and remain safe. Soon, Mexican citizens planning to enter the U.S. illegally will be given high-tech satellite tracking devices to ensure that they arrive safely at their destination. Authorities in Mexico expect that about 20,000 devices will be handed out once the project is formally launched later this year.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) agrees that plenty of blame should be placed on the boldness of the Mexican government. 'But I think there’s a role here, too, for outrage at our State Department and the Bush administration, said CIS’ John Keeley.

'Mexico is receiving no disincentive, no push-back from the American government,' he said, adding that the U.S. government should be reminding Mexico to respect America’s sovereignty.

Keeley claims that the Bush administration has demonstrated over the last six years that it has 'no stomach for enforcing immigration laws.’ Because the example on how to deal with the issue 'begins at the top,' he said, '... we need to hold our government leaders accountable.'

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