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Mexican Hotels Instructed To Profile
When Mexican President Felipe Calderon was in the U.S. Congress lecturing us on Arizona's SB 1070 law he claimed that he opposed the law because racial profiling is terrible:
â€śI strongly disagree with the recently-adopted law in Arizona. [Applause begins] It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree but also introduces a terrible idea of using racial profiling as the basis for law enforcement.â€ť
So according to the President of Mexico, "racial profiling as the basis for law enforcement" is a "terrible idea".
That was on May 20th, 2010. Several weeks later, I personally visited Mexico and was profiled while entering the country (see here). I didn't hear Calderon crying about that.
A couple of months ago, I ran across an article in Mexico's Universal.com reporting that a Mexican immigration official has instructed Mexican hoteliers to profile Asian illegal aliens in Mexico. Apparently there's been no outcry about that either. [Flujo inusual de migrantes, por nueva ruta: INM, El Universal, October 14, 2010 ]
The article reports some illegal alien activity in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. During a period of two weeks 16 illegal aliens had been discovered: 5 from the Dominican Republic, 4 from India, 1 from Honduras, 5 from China and a Cuban.
Benito Rosel, an official of the INM (Instituto Nacional de MigraciĂłn, the Mexican immigration authority), rather than apologize for enforcing the law, is concerned that this could be the start of a new smuggling route. Rossel wants to "avoid the arrival of indocumentados to Yucatan" and was planning to coordinate with police in order to prevent that.
And, Rossel is calling on the help of hotel managers - he wants them to profile.
"... will seek that the hoteliers commit to demand the documents and the passport of every foreigner, but especially of all those who obviously don't have the characteristics of Central Americans or Mexicans as in the cases of the Chinese and (Asian) Indians."
Yep, that's profiling. Yet another example of blatant Mexican hypocrisy on the immigration issue.