If Americans are concerned about undocumented workers now obtaining legal driver’s licenses in states such as California, more headaches are on the way via Mexico itself. It just got one step easier.
On Thursday, the Mexican government began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States. That’s right, in the United States. In the opinion of the Mexican government, it will only make it a bit easier for Mexicans hoping to obtain U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation.
No word from the American government, specifically the Obama administration, which is backing the president’s executive order to provide amnesty to millions of immigrants already here. Until now, Mexico required its citizens to get birth certificates at government offices in Mexico. Now they will have the convenience of picking up the necessary documents at their local Mexican consulate. Outrageous is not even the proper word to describe this new dictum.
It once was only a possibility for these sort of things to happen if those living in this country asked friends and relatives back home to retrieve the paperwork. No more.
Republicans in Congress are attempting to undo the harm Obama’s plan will bring to, in essence, shielding millions of immigrants from deportation. In effect, Mexico is trying to help them stay here and continue sending money back to relatives across the border.
At present, about half the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. are from Mexico. Immigration experts say roughly three million of them could be eligible under the administration’s plan. Some experts say twice that many, but who really knows at this point in the confusion?
Immigrants, under Obama’s executive order, will probably need to produce photo identification such as a passport to apply for the amnesty program. And to get a Mexican passport, they need a birth certificate.
This can be a big problem for many of them. It’s a fact that those who cross the border illegally rarely carry identification of any kind. And many Mexicans born in remote, rural communities do not make the necessary journey to the nearest government office to start the process of obtaining a birth certificate.
So along comes over 50 Mexican consulates to the rescue to provide printed birth certificates here. Consulates will be able to issue birth certificates for nearly all places in Mexico. And they will.
This new practice, which many in Washington concerned with the illegal immigration mess are just coming to grips with, comes two weeks after California, home to more Mexicans than any other state, began issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Will the Mexican government stop these practices if asked to do so by its American counterparts? Why? Mexican migrant workers living abroad sent home $21.6 billion to their families in 2013, according to the country’s central bank. It is basically money in the Mexican economy for them and they are dealing with an immigrant-friendly administration.