In Arizona the difference is that there is no registry listing every non-citizen within its borders. That is not a state responsibility, but falls on the United States government to maintain and enforce. At the state level the ability to verify one's citizenship in support of the 14th Amendment by local and state law enforcement or even businesses is already permitted. Whenever you are approached by the police they will ask to see identification; if you are in a vehicle the officer will ask to see your driver's license, and when you are being hired for a job you are given paperwork that specifically asks for proof of citizenry.
The provisions of Mexico’s Ley General de Población (General Law of the Population) lays out their rules and there’s been no public outcry for immigration reform, because it is illegal for any non-citizen to express such in public gatherings. Is this not what the Mexican government is doing here by registering a complaint with the President and joining in on the lawsuits against Arizona’s new immigration law?
They do not allow any non-citizens to participate in or be involved with the political affairs of their country. There are a lot of Mexican statutes that limit the participation of foreigners in everything from investment, education, mining, and civil aviation to energy and firearms. This is especially true when it comes to both private property and your rights at your place of employment.
Malkin points out that if an individual applies for citizenship with the Mexican Consulate they:
- must not upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics”
- must enhance the country’s “economic or national interests”
- must not be found to be "physically or mentally unhealthy"
- must show no “contempt against national sovereignty or security”
- must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories…
- must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.
If we applied this to the immigrants that enter this country illegally or apply to become an American citizen, would it ease the tensions that have been brewing ever since SB 1070 was introduced? Perhaps not, but presenting this argument just might make Mexico sit back and do as they say, and not as they please.