Illegal Immigration – A Case Study – Americans Who Try to Work in Mexico Get Harassed

Michael Anthony
Date: Tue, Jun 15, 2010  
Subject: Illegal Immigration to America is easy.  Illegal Immigration in to Mexico harassment  

Subject: An American working in Mexico….SBC employee

American working in Mexico  From the other side of the fence.. 
Received the following from Tom O'Malley, who was a  Director with S.W. BELL in Mexico City: "I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked under  a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it  for three more months. After that you were working  illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks  waiting on the FM3 approval.
"During that six months our Mexican and U.S. attorneys  were working to secure a permanent work visa called a  'FM3'. It was in addition to my U.S. passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country.   Barbara's was the same, except hers did not permit her  to work.
"To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the  following notarized originals (not copies): 
1. Birth certificate for Barbara and me. 
2. Marriage certificate. 
3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation. 
4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation. 
5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year. 
6. A letter from the St. Louis Chief of Police indicating that I had no arrest record in the U.S. and no outstanding warrants and, was "a citizen in good standing". 
7. "Finally, I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our 'I am the greatest person on Earth' letter. It was fun to write."
"All of the above were in English that had to be  translated into Spanish and be certified as legal  translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a  folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side  & Spanish on the right."
"Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about  five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring  Mexican government office locations and being photographed  and fingerprinted at least three times at each location, and we remember at least four locations where we were  instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law  and that we were required to obey their laws or face the  consequences. We could not protest any of the  government's actions or we would be committing a  felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and  bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by U.S. Customs in Laredo, Texas. This meant we had rented  furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid."
"We could not buy a home and were required to rent at  very high rates and under contract and compliance with  Mexican law."
"We were required to get a Mexican driver's  license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters  location with their photography and fingerprint equipment  and the laminating machine. We showed our U.S. license,   were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the  license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was to never give a policeman your license if stopped and  asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside  window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you  would have to pay ransom to get it back. "
"We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax  annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The  company's Mexican accountants did this for us and we  just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal  size pages annually."
"The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees."
"Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and  certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs."
"It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or  Congressmen went through it once they would have a different  attitude toward Mexico."
"The Mexican government uses its vast military and  police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their capitol or government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The U.S. Embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the  Mexican military surrounds the block with their men  standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect  the Embassy. These protests are never shown on U.S. or  Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street  where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a  protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas."
Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on the illegals.

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One Response to “Illegal Immigration – A Case Study – Americans Who Try to Work in Mexico Get Harassed”

  1. am says:

    I knew it was difficult to work in another country but this is ridiculous.

    Since you must of had skills they needed you would think they would want you there instead of trying to throw up ways to stop you.

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