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William Harper

Texas Government


“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn
English or leave the country.” This was brilliantly spoken by our twenty sixth President
Theodore Roosevelt. Now, while addressing the idea of immigration policy there are two
different countries that we as Texans have a moral and cultural obligation to know
about, and those would be the policies of the United States of America and the
United Mexican States.
Two countries united by a common border and many a treaty or agreement, but
both Mexico and the United States have very different policies for obtaining entrance
into their borders. They show a world of different economic possibilities and cultural
ideals, but their geographic location forces cooperation or at least basic knowledge on
the other’s border and immigration policies. With that quest for common knowledge in
mind, we have to analyze first the requirements for entering the country as a citizen and
finally the punishment for entering the country illegally.
So let’s start with the Mexican requirements, there are several concepts that
could be further understood and maybe movement towards implementation in the
United States. The chiefly among these ideals would be immigrants are granted
citizenship “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress,” (Article
32 of the Mexican constitution) and “immigrants will be useful elements for the country
and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance.” (Article 34) The
importance of these miniscule sections of the Mexican constitution is that it shows us a
glimpse into a much more brutal immigration system then we would expect to come
from our neighbors to the south. So in comparison what does America’s road to
citizenship look like?

for religious workers. for impressive abilities. fast tracks for movement into American citizenship namely military service in a time of hostility. mainly visas of several types. The punishment inside both Mexico and the US .William Harper Texas Government 9-10-14 In contrast the American prerequisites are much more relaxed requiring LPR status (a green card) for at least 5 years (or 3 years if he or she obtained the green card through a U. VAWA). and for the most interesting of all anyone willing to invest five hundred thousand dollars in America businesses. The ease of access into this country is a very unique aspect. for advanced abilities. we can move towards Mexico and there lies a real threat of punishment. of course. the jail time compounds the issue because of the dehumanizing conditions that are represented inside Mexican prisons. That fear is a very effective tool to motivate people not to get caught. “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally. in and of itself.” (Article 23) while the fine is an issue. a very real threat inside of America. There are. With the threat of deportation present inside of both countries we see a similar pattern that can be observed.-citizen spouse or through the Violence Against Women Act. and it. With direct deportation. With basic concepts established let’s move onto another very important topic that anyone planning on entering either country needs to be aware of the topic of the punishment for illegally entering a county.S. at least according to the official immigration control web site. holds many positives and negatives. There are several non-direct ways to move into the country without actually acquiring citizenship. for skilled workers with at least two years of training.

and the much more relaxed and welcoming policy brandished by the United States. With the two systems explained “Remember.William Harper Texas Government 9-10-14 are very similar. The requirements for entering both countries play a key role in any evaluation. that all of us. Roosevelt. . but while observing America we see a much more welcoming and simplistic system. Within the methods and ideals of both countries. specifically the harsh and more brutal ideals inside of the Mexican policy. so looking towards Mexico we see a much harder system that requires a large amount of skill to be considered for citizenship. there is a stark contrast between the two. and you and I especially. With that note of parallelism. we move further with a reasonable comparison of the two countries’ immigration policies. remember always.” as was said by Franklin D. are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.