Americans who follow the immigration issue are quite aware of the Mexican government’s constant meddling in U.S. immigration policy. Amnesty for all Mexican illegal aliens in the United States is high on Mexico’s agenda.
Now Mexico’s neighbors are beginning, tentatively at least, to do a little meddling in Mexico.
Each year hundreds of thousands (between 200,000 and 300,000, according to Mexican authorities) of people emigrate from Central American countries that are poorer than Mexico, entering Mexico illegally with hopes of entering the United States illegally. They have a tough time of it. Many are detained and deported by Mexican authorities. In 2010 the government of Mexico deported 70,000 illegal aliens, 93 percent of them from Central America.
If this were simply a matter of illegal aliens being deported in an orderly fashion, that would be one thing.
However, many illegal aliens were robbed, raped, kidnapped, or killed by criminals, sometimes in collusion with Mexican officials. Amnesty International released a scathing report on the situation entitled “Invisible Victims: Migrants on the Move in Mexico,” which describes a major humanitarian disaster. Last August, 72 illegal aliens were massacred at one site, apparently by the Zetas cartel, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
In response to this escalation of violence, Central American...