Washington Post

Mexico’s human rights agency canceled plans yesterday to investigate whether new Prince William County policies violate the rights of illegal immigrants over fears that its visit might cause an uproar in a county already roiled by anti-immigrant sentiment.

‘This humanitarian mission has been canceled because there was an intention to manipulate it that we will not be a party to,’ said Ricardo Juarez, a leader of the Virginia group Mexicans Without Borders, which had been coordinating the visit.

Although Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights has conducted several fact-finding missions in border areas and major immigrant gateway cities in the United States in the past year, the planned visit to Prince William would have been the first to examine the impact of efforts by smaller jurisdictions to combat illegal immigration through local laws.

But the commission dropped the plan after Juarez said he came to fear that the visit would be used to political advantage by Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), chairman of the Board of County Supervisors and a leading proponent of the crackdown on illegal immigration.

Juarez said the visit was being ‘used as a weapon by Corey Stewart against a community that is already suffering the consequences of his policies of hate.’

Stewart, who is up for reelection next month, denied that he sought to undermine the visit but did express concerns.

‘There is a sovereignty issue,’ he said. ‘You’ve got a foreign government trying to interfere with the working of a U.S. locality.’

Prince William emerged as one of the most prominent examples of anti-immigrant activism earlier this month, when county supervisors voted unanimously to empower police to check the immigration status of anyone who breaks a law. The board also voted to cut off certain services to illegal immigrants such as bus tours for senior citizens, leadership training programs for adults, and rental and mortgage assistance. Illegal immigrants will also be prohibited from getting business licenses.

Mauricio Farah, head of the Mexican commission’s migrant rights division, said in a phone interview from Mexico City: ‘These kinds of ordinances are criminalizing people who are not criminals, who have only come here to work. We respect the right of every sovereign nation to make its immigration laws, but a person’s entitlement to basic human rights is not dependent on their immigration status. And these kinds of discriminatory, xenophobic and even racist laws are stripping people of their fundamental right to political, economic and social development.’

Farah and other members of the team had planned to question immigrants from Mexico and other countries about their experiences at a meeting Monday night.

The commission is an independent public institution that is principally charged with serving as a government watchdog, so the team would have directed any recommendations to the Mexican consulates or government.

Although the visit to Prince William was abandoned, the group will visit next week with members of Congress and U.S. advocacy groups that are challenging local anti-immigration measures.


7 Responses to “Mexican 'Human Rights' Agency Cancels Visit To Prince William County”

  1. 1 Mountain Man

    These stinking mexicans think they can come into our country and tell us how we are going to run it. They sure have done a fine job with there own country. Dirty third world scum.

  2. 2 Faye

    Finally! At least one dang Mexican organization is feeling unwelcome. I thought it was getting pretty bad when they started holding their dang political parties up here with fights included. Then we have them shouting down any speakers. And the consulates messing in everything they can.

    Keep up the yelling, folks. It’s working.

  3. 3 Eddie B.

    “Virginia group Mexicans Without Borders”…

    Yep. This is my turf. Finally people are statting to get tee’d off. Problem is the Washington Post funds CASA De Maryland and publishes absolute garbage about what is really happening.

    People wake up after their neighborhood is gone. It becomes a toilet with trucks parked on the front yard and 15 people in a samll house. Wait until the chickens are running around in the back yards.

    It’s Coming.

  4. 4 George(formerly-Ed)

    All of these Human rights Orgs.Are bs the only time they say any thing is when it is against the U.S.I have never heard them Bad mouth Russia, China,Cuba only the U.S. they are all fronts for Communist.

  5. 5 bdiddy

    Good! finally someone feels unwelcome! Now if only the rest of the US cities follow suite. I wish they would cut the crap with the statement “they are only here to work”. If they are here to work then they would commute everyday from the border. No, they are here to leech off the free services that are supposed to go to poor AMERICANS.

  6. 6 zarinda

    Let’s look at the policies in Meheeco regarding Americans or any foreigners, for that matter, in Mexico.
    This communist organization says:
    “We respect the right of every sovereign nation to make its immigration laws, but a person?s entitlement to basic human rights is not dependent on their immigration status. And these kinds of discriminatory, xenophobic and even racist laws are stripping people of their fundamental right to political, economic and social development.”

    Can I as an American have all of these entitlements if I chose to live in Meheeco? (not that I would) NOOOOOOOOO! Does Meheeco provide these benefits to THEIR illegal aliens from Central and South America ? NOOOOOOOO!!!

    “when county supervisors voted unanimously to empower police to check the immigration status of anyone who breaks a law. The board also voted to cut off certain services to illegal immigrants such as bus tours for senior citizens, leadership training programs for adults, and rental and mortgage assistance. Illegal immigrants will also be prohibited from getting business licenses.” I say BRAVO, Prince William!!!!!!

    We need to throw Meheeco’s immigration policies back in their faces.
    Who died and made Meheeco America’s main charity?

    Stupid, developmentally retarded, communist, two-faced leeches!!!

  7. 7 okaram

    Dear George:

    I don’t think all HR orgs are BS or communist fronts. Of course, anybody can make an organization with a nice sounding name, but the reputed HR organizations tend to genuinely focus on human rights, from ALL countries.
    For example, check Amnesty International’s report on China (Russia is not a communist nation anymore :) http://web.amnesty.org/report2006/Chn-summary-eng

    Now this particular HR organization is an agency of the mexican federal government, which is quite different;

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