Wednesday, February 09, 2005

"How to Cross the Border" by the Mexican Government

Wow...sometimes life can be funnier than fiction. According to the New York Times, the Mexican government is publishing a "how-to" guide for Mexicans looking to cross the American border illegally. This guide gives tips and guidelines to those people looking to escape the harsh lifestyles of the farm in Mexico to the bright lights of "El Norte," such as how to hire a smuggler, or what to do once you arrive in the US. As expected, the American government is up in arms over this official, state-sponsored booklet, to which the Mexican government simply shrugs their shoulders and says, "aww well." Their reasons for doing it? Not doing so would simply ignore reality, they say. Citing the fact that over 300 people die annually trying to cross, the Mexican government is stating that since they know that people will be trying to cross the border anyway, they might as well gives tips that mean the difference between life and death for these migrants.

What was even funnier was the fact that the NY Times reporter questioned a couple of local migrant Mexicans about what they thought about the booklet, to which they responded, "caca."

Check out the article yourselves: "The Everymigrant's Guide to Crossing the Border Illegally."

2 Comments:

Blogger Freebird said...

Caca. Now there's a word I haven't heard in a while. LOL

12:51 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

I'd actually heard about this before. That's crazy! All they really need to do is learn to say "American citizen" in an American accent and they're set to go.

Seriously, no one ever checks my birth certificate, passport or driver's license when I come back from visiting la familia. They pretty much go by what I say. "I'm an American citizen" and the gates of American glory are opened for me. Heh!

1:03 PM  

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