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There is no doubt that there is an immigration crisis happening in America. The southern border is not only a door that's been left unlocked, but it has also been left wide open, and in some spots along the border there seem to be giant neon arrow signs pointing at the open door that say, "COME ON IN! ALL ARE WELCOME!"

Without the Federal Government doing their part to secure the border and protect the states and citizens of the nation, states have had no choice but to put their own laws into place that will help fight against illegal immigration. Arizona is one state that has come under much scrutiny for their perceived tough as nails laws. In fact, in 2010 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed in legislation that allowed local law enforcement to arrest people suspected of being illegal aliens.

This new law came under heavy scrutiny from not only Americans that don't see an issue with the immigration crisis, but also Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon. Calderon came out calling the law a "violation of human rights" and "racial discrimination." The irony? The Arizona law was very similar to the Mexican law Reglamento de la Ley General de Poblacion that was put into place in 2000. In fact, the Arizona law is actually less stringent than the Mexican law. Under Mexican law illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. If an illegal immigrant gets deported from Mexico and tries to reenter the country illegally they can go to prison for up to 10 years. The law also states that any Mexican citizen that aids any illegal immigrants are also criminals. Unlike in America, where illegal immigrants are given welfare, and in some places driver's licenses.

Why would President Calderon call Arizona's law racist when Mexico's own laws are far more severe than Arizona's? It would seem President Calderon is not okay with illegal immigrants entering his country, but has absolutely no problem with his citizens entering our country illegally. Is President Calderon familiar with double standards? Because that's EXACTLY what is going on here. Many of the illegal immigrants that come across the border into the United States are coming here searching for work so they can send money home to their families. Representative Ted Poe of Texas had a great theory when he said, "Mexico wants people to come to the United States and to send their money home," he said. "They want to make their problems our problems — that’s their foreign policy."

The border crisis is real, and until the White House does their part to ensure the safety of American citizens along the border, states will have no choice but to pass their own laws, whether or not Mexico likes them.

 

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