While demonstrating in opposition to Obama’s executive immigration program, the angry protesters entered the Mexican Consulate to deliver a complaint letter to the Mexican consul assigned to that Californian facility. Quite simply, the protesters voiced their demand that the Mexican government give these American citizens the same benefits bonanza from Mexico that are provided to Mexicans who are illegally residing in the U.S.
The group of men and women were protected by the Minutemen and they were ordered by consulate police, who are not recognized as police in the U.S.A., to leave the Mexican consulate. According to the Minuteman Project group, the American protesters remained in the consulate, which is recognized by both countries as Mexican soil.
The protesters told officials that they were illegally in Mexico and asked that the Mexican government issue to them driver’s licenses, illegal (alien) rights, work permits, and equal rights. “When inside of a Mexican diplomatic facility whether it is a small consulate or a large embassy compound, people are for all intents and purposes legally inside that foreign country,” said former U.S. law enforcement agent Antonio Mendoza.
After making their point, the Minutemen led demonstrators exited the consulate Mexican security officers threatened to have them arrested. “Consulates are essentially satellite embassies that provide for services to persons from foreign lands to have their needs pandered to by both their homelands and their host country [the USA],” noted the leader of the Minuteman Project, Jim Gilchrist.
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