The following is testimonial from a VP of the Southwest Bell Company who lived in Mexico:
"You remember I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working Illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.
"During that six months our Mexican and US Attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same except hers did not permit her to work.
"To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies) of my:
1. Birth certificate for Barbara and I.
2. Marriage certificate.
3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.
5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.
6. A letter from The ST. Louis Chief of Police indication I had no arrest record in the US and
no outstanding warrants and was "a citizen in good standing."
7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican
Citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our "I am
the greatest person on Earth" letter. It was fun to write.
"All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.
"Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican Attorney touring Mexican Government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location and we remember at least four locations we instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences.
"We could not protest any of the Governments actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US customs in Loredo, Texas. This meant we has rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid. We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.
"We were required to get a Mexican drivers license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the Licensing agency to come to our Headquarters location with their photography and finger print equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.
"We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The companies Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal size pages annually.
"The FM 3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees. Leaving the country meant turning in the FM# and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs. It was a real adventure and If any of our Senators or Congressman went through it once they would have a different attitude toward Mexico.
"The Mexican Government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their White house or government offices but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The US embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican Military surround the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the Embassy. These protests are never shown on US or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas."
Fact of the Matter
When reading this, I cannot help but feel that any wind which might be in the sails of those protestors who are going to do the “Great American Boycott” on Monday are hypocrites. If the United States wants to tighten security on its borders, then it has the right to do that. The government is responsible for the protection of the people in this country.
There are those that say illegal immigrants have a right to be here. The answer to that is NO THEY DON’T. Am I ignorant on this particular issue? NO. This is reality. This country is not against having immigrants come into the country. What people are against are ILLEGAL immigrants. Are these people criminals? Yes, because they are here illegally. It would not be called ILLEGAL if you weren’t doing something wrong.
According to sources, there is among some circle of the Latino community a fear of a possible backlash from Middle America. As mentioned before, the backlash that could be done by employers is to FIRE those who are out on protest. Another form of backlash that I have heard is that Americans should do their shopping on Monday, showing that we can buy products and do business WITHOUT the Spanish.
What about them doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do? That is a myth. Lou Dobbs did a report SHOWING that there are Americans in Texas that do the so called jobs no one else wants to do. As a result, that argument doesn’t hold up. In addition to this, some analysts have indicated that the employment rate for illegal immigrants has gone down and that more of them are unemployed than employed.
So to all the illegal immigrants, immigrants, liberals, and “sunshine patriots” who’s only plan right now is to protest the current administration for every little thing, it is the government’s responsibility to protect its people. Not every decision is going to be popular. Allow history to decide if it was right or not. Do not stand in the way of progress and slow the system down. If you do, then it send the message to the terrorists that the country will split apart and they have won.