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"A Hostile Act": Mexico Braces for Trump's Border Wall

Numerous civil liberties and human rights organizations, meanwhile, blasted Trump's immigration directives as emblematic of a horrifying descent into discriminatory and racist policy territory.
to read Ryan Devereaux' article published in The Intercept, January 26, 2017, click on
 https://theintercept.com/2017/01/26/a-hostile-act-mexico-braces-for-trumps-border-wall/

"This wall would say that those from outside the United States, especially from Latin America, are to be feared and shunned and that is just wrong," Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said in a statement. "We will fight this dangerous move with everything we've got." Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, added, "President Trump's fantasy of sealing the border with a wall is driven by racial and ethnic bias that disgraces America's proud tradition of protecting vulnerable migrants."

Border security experts have long pointed out that a wall alone would not solve the problems of immigration and crime that Trump so often describes. Indeed, Trump's own director of DHS, the retired Gen. John Kelly, said as much in his Senate confirmation hearing.

"Wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a border wall Mexico will never pay for, and punishing cities that do not want their local police forces forced to serve as President Trump's deportation dragnet, does nothing to fix our immigration system or keep Americans safe," said California Rep. Nancy Pelosi. The criticism was not limited to Democrats. Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, a former clandestine CIA officer whose district includes some 800 miles of border territory, said the wall would accomplish little. "The facts have not changed," Hurd said in statement. "Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border."

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the US should adopt Mexico's immigration law 30.Jan.2017 07:53

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The United States should adopt the same immigration law as Mexico has to show the world we are not Racist!

Here it is.


Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says, "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."

Human Rights Watch 30.Jan.2017 09:18

2017 Human Rights Report, 704 pp

 https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/world_report_download/wr2017-web.pdf

The Dangerous Rise of Populism
Global Attacks on Human Rights Values
By Kenneth Roth,
Executive Director
Human rights exist to protect people from government abuse and neglect. Rights
limit what a state can do and impose obligations for how a state must act. Yet
today a new generation of populists is turning this protection on its head. Claiming to speak
for "the people," they treat rights as an impediment to their conception of the majority will,
a needless obstacle to defending the nation from perceived threats and evils. Instead of
accepting rights as protecting everyone, they privilege the declared interests of the majority,
encouraging people to adopt the dangerous belief that they will never themselves need to assert rights
against an overreaching government claiming to act in their name.
The appeal of the populists has grown with mounting public discontent over the
status quo. In the West, many people feel left behind by technological change,
the global economy, and growing inequality. Horrific incidents of terrorism gen-
erate apprehension and fear. Some are uneasy with societies that have become
more ethnically, religiously and racially diverse. There is an increasing sense that
governments and the elite ignore public concerns.
In this cauldron of discontent, certain politicians are flourishing and even gain-
ing power by portraying rights as protecting only the terrorist suspect or the asylum seeker
at the expense of the safety, economic welfare, and cultural preferences of the presumed majority.
They scapegoat refugees, immigrant communities, and minorities. Truth is a frequent casualty.
Nativism, xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia are on the rise.
This dangerous trend threatens to reverse the accomplishments of the modern
human rights movement.