Newsweek has a piece on the availability of opportunities to immigrants in Mexico; a piece that in tone seems to allude to some level of hypocrisy on the part of the Mexican government:
If Arnold Schwarzenegger had migrated to Mexico instead of the United States, he couldn’t be a governor. If Argentina native Sergio Villanueva, firefighter hero of the Sept. 11 attacks, had moved to Tecate instead of New York, he wouldn’t have been allowed on the force.
Even as Mexico presses the United States to grant unrestricted citizenship to millions of undocumented Mexican migrants, its officials at times calling U.S. policies “xenophobic,” Mexico places daunting limitations on anyone born outside its territory.
In the United States, only two posts — the presidency and vice presidency — are reserved for the native born.
In Mexico, non-natives are banned from those and thousands of other jobs, even if they are legal, naturalized citizens.
To be fair, this is no revelation and Mexico is not the only country that imposes this rule.
Newsweek seems to be keen on this theme, as they published another article this week that exposes the discriminatory practices of Mexico’s own immigration service with regard to immigrants that come from its southern border:
As tough as the United States can be for workers who slip in from south of the border, Mexico is in a poor position to criticize. The problem goes far beyond the predatory gantlet of thugs and crooked cops facing defenseless transients like Moisés. There’s ample precedent in Mexico for just about everything the United States is—or isn’t—doing. Calling out the military? Mexicans may hate the new U.S. plan to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops on the border, but five years ago they cheered President Vicente Fox for sending thousands of Mexican soldiers to crack down on their southern frontier. Tougher laws? Hispanic-rights groups are enraged over U.S. efforts to criminalize undocumented aliens—yet since 1974, sneaking into Mexico has been punishable by up to two years in prison. Foot-dragging on amnesty? Fox has spent the past five years urging the United States to upgrade the status of millions of illegals from Mexico. Meanwhile, his own government has given legal status to only 15,000 foreigners without papers.
The article points to the exploitation of thousands of Central American farm workers, in a description that mirrors the worst conditions here in the U.S., and conjures images from the classic muckraking essay México Bárbaro.
While the tone of this last article is reactionary in my opinion, there is truth in all of this. It’s true that Central Americans are despised by many in Mexico, much in the way that indigenous people are despised. These are symptoms of a country in which wealth and opportunity are connected to skin color vis a vis the unbearable weight that these colonized countries still carry. The truth is, the more “indio” you are, be that in Manila or Oaxaca, the more jodido you are likely to be.
Via / Newsweek