Adopted in 1917, the constitution of the United Mexican States borrows heavily from American constitutional and legal principles. It combines those principles with a strong sense nationalism, cultural self-identity, paternalism, and state power. Mexico’s constitution contains many provisions to protect the country from foreigners, including foreigners legally resident in the country and even foreign-born people who have become naturalized Mexican citizens. The Mexican constitution segregates immigrants and naturalized citizens from native-born citizens by denying immigrants basic human rights that Mexican immigrants enjoy in the United States.

Summary

In brief, the Mexican Constitution states that:

  • – Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.
  • – Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.
  • – Immigrants are denied equal employment rights.
  • – Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.
  • – Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.
  • – Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.
  • – Private citizens may make citizens arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants) and hand them to the authorities.
  • – Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.

The whole thing can be read here.

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