Posted on January 7, 2005

Lawmakers Up in Arms Over Mexico’s ‘How-to’ for Illegals

Jon E. Dougherty, NewsMax, January 7, 2005

A 32-page “Guide For the Mexican Migrant” that tells illegal immigrants how to cross the U.S. border, and how to stay in the U.S. unobtrusively, was supposedly intended to keep Mexican citizens from risking breaking into the United States because it’s dangerous, kills hundreds of Mexican migrants annually, and violates U.S. law.


U.S. lawmakers who have long called for tighter border policing and immigration restrictions especially believe the guide is little more than a “how-to” manual for illegal immigrants.

“The Mexican government is aiding and abetting the illegal invasion” of migrants into the country, Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., told the Post.

In calling for the Mexican government to end it’s planned distribution of about 1.5 million copies of the guide, which was written in comic-book form. “Can you imagine if our State Department . . . put out a publication saying, ‘We don’t recommend stealing, but if you are going to be involved in stealing in Mexico anyway, here are some helpful hints on how to jimmy the door?’“ Hayworth said.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, our most staunch border defender in Congress, cautioned Mexico over their Foreign Ministry’s distribution of the “comic book.”

“This is not an action of a friendly neighbor. What would the Mexican government say if we encouraged our citizens to violate Mexican law? It is a great example of how hooked Mexico has become on remittances, which are dollars sent home by alien nationals working in the U.S.,” explained Tancredo, Chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus.