The United States Constitution reserves just two elected posts for native-born citizens: president and vice president. Naturalized citizens US. citizens can, if voters decide, be senators, governors, county commissioners, judges and city council members.

Immigrants can serve in the military and as firefighters and police officers.

Contrast that to Mexico.

“Foreign-born Mexicans can't hold seats in either house of the congress. They're also banned from state legislatures, the Supreme Court and all governorships. Many states ban foreign-born Mexicans from spots on town councils. And Mexico's Constitution reserves almost all federal posts, and any position in the military and merchant marine, for ‘native-born Mexicans,’ reports the Associated Press.

Until 1999, even someone born in Mexico could not be elected as president if even one of his parents was born in another country.

The Mexican government has also encouraged cities to ban non-natives from jobs such as firefighters, police and judges.

Yet high-ranking Mexican officials routinely criticize U.S. efforts to discourage illegal immigration.

Clearly, there’s more than a whiff of hypocrisy in those attacks. Before they call U.S. reforms unfair or inhumane, Mexicans should look at how they treat their own immigrants.

And speaking of irony, do those who fear the Latinization of the United States see any irony in proposing to make our own treatment of immigrants more like that of Mexico.

Mexico’s policy towards immigrants is not only inhumane, it robs Mexican society and the Mexican economy of the contributions of decent hardworking people who could do much to improve both.

The United States economy is strong because of its openness, and so is its culture.

We need an immigration policy that encourages respect for the law and that keeps immigrants from becoming a drain on the rest of us.

We don’t need a policy that is harsh for the sake of being harsh. Nor do we need a policy that bars people who could make a positive contribution to our country and our community simply because some people are uncomfortable with change.

Learn the right lessons from the mistakes made below the border.

The Daily Citizen

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