The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 January 2005

Illegals Get a Comic Book From Mexico's Government!

A lot of web attention today is focused on this story in the Arizona Republic. Mexican officials have produced a comic book full of advice on how to cross the border illegally!

(Arizona Republic)

The 32-page book,
The Guide for the Mexican Migrant, was published in December by Mexico's Foreign Ministry. Using simple language, the book offers safety information for border crossers, a primer on their legal rights and advice on living unobtrusively in the United States.

Dramatic drawings show undocumented immigrants wading into a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol and crouching near a hole in a border fence. On other pages, they hike through a desert with rock formations reminiscent of Arizona and are caught by a stern-faced Border Patrol agent.

"This guide is intended to give you some practical advice that could be of use if you have made the difficult decision to seek new work opportunities outside your country," the book says.

But immigration-control groups questioned some of the guide's advice.

"This is more than just a wink and a nod," said Rick Oltman, Western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This is so transparent, this is the Mexican government trying to protect its most valuable export, which is illegal migrants."

What's next? A how-to guide for bank robbers? Perhaps if the Mexican government could get its own economic act together these people might be able to stay in their home country and find work. Instead, energy is spent on helping illegals sneak across the border. Brilliant.


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