Migrants in Mexico face tough laws
Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money.
"If you're carrying any money, they take it from you -- federal, state, local police, all of them," said Carlos Lopez, a 28-year-old farmhand from Guatemala crouching in a field near the tracks in Tultitlan, waiting to climb onto a northbound freight train.
"The soldiers were there as soon as we crossed the river," he said. "They said, 'You can't cross ... unless you leave something for us.' "
And while Mexicans denounce the criminalization of their citizens living without papers in the United States, Mexican law classifies undocumented immigration as a felony punishable by up to two years in prison, although deportation is more common.
If we guarded our southern border like Mexico guards theirs (minus the corruption) we wouldn't have an illegal alien problem!
And for you people who would excuse the lawbreakers who come here illegaly, would you demand that Mexico's government treat their criminal aliens the same way? Offer amnesty to anyone who makes it to Mexican soil?