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In December the Mexican government officially released a comic book that sanctions illegal aliens crossing our southern border. They claim it is to help migrant worker with the title The Guide for the Mexican Migrant, but upon viewing the comic book it shows illegal aliens crossing the Rio Grande, trapsing through Arizona,avoiding border patrol agents and instructs them on how to hide in American society so they aren't caught.

I'm a little late on covering the comic book and there is a lot of commentary across the web which I will list below.

There is an online version of the comic book at the Mexican government website here. You can also download a copy of the comic book here(758K PDF file).

There is a translated english version over at Is Full of Crap and QandO as well as at The Free Republic

Here's a quick excerpt from the Free Republic translation:


Crossing the river can be very risky, especially if you cross alone and at night..

Thick clothing increases your weight when wet and makes it hard to swim or float.

If you cross in the desert, try to travel when the heat is not so intense.

Highways and towns are very far apart, so that it could take you several days to find roads and you will not be able to carry food or water for that long; you could even get lost.

Salted water helps you retain body fluids. Although you get more thirsty, if you drink salted water the risk of dehydration is lessened.


Avoid calling attention to yourself, at least while you are arranging your residence papers to live in the United States

The slap in the face is the last page which says:
This consular protection guide is not promoting the crossing [of the border] of Mexicans without legal documentation required by the government of the United States; its objective is to make known the risks implied and to inform about the rights of migrants regardless of their legal residence.
So after instructing on how to cross without getting caught and/or injured illegally they then state that the comic book is all about legally migrating. There's not much in the comic about legally migrating other than a sentence or two at the beginning which then quickly disolves into the ins and outs of getting across illegally.

Arizona Republic

The 32-page book, The Guide for the Mexican Migrant, was published in December by Mexico's Foreign Ministry. Using simple language, the book offers safety information for border crossers, a primer on their legal rights and advice on living unobtrusively in the United States.

Dramatic drawings show undocumented immigrants wading into a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol and crouching near a hole in a border fence. On other pages, they hike through a desert with rock formations reminiscent of Arizona and are caught by a stern-faced Border Patrol agent.

The Mexican government is defending the comic.


... Mexico's foreign ministry said the booklet was an attempt to save lives and inform migrants of the legal consequences of entering the United States.

"Last year over 300 Mexicans died in their attempt to enter the United States in search of a job and the government has the obligation to avoid that," Geronimo Gutierrez, the ministry's undersecretary for North American affairs told Reuters.

"The guide clearly states that the safe and appropriate way to enter any country is with a valid passport and a visa, and in no way promotes undocumented immigration," he added.

The official said some 1.5 million copies of the pamphlet had been distributed to several states in central Mexico with high migration rates.

Yeah it does clearly state that. In one sentence out of the whole book.

The book also covers the rights they have if caught including the right to not disclose their immigration status. It's really outrageous that rather than actually trying to discourage illegal aliens from making the trek and therefore reducing the death toll that the Mexican government notes above they would rather spend that time sending out instructions in a colorful manual that encourages and gives a sense of hope to those that may be contemplating the border hoping.

Tipped by: Michelle Malkin

Other Commentary:

Randy at A Little About Everything has a lot to say on this topic. Excellent read.
Common Sense Runs Wild is a Bush supporter who hates Bush's immigration stance, just like I do.
Another Day Closer who has it filed appropriately under the category of "WTF!"
Crystal Clear touches all the bases and brings out an open borders proponent who attacks her (linked below). Then they get into a scuffle at numerous other posts.
A Thousand Winding Roads an open border proponent who seems to think people in favor of enforcing immigration laws and requiring people to come here legally is a bad thing.
LoneWacko has a group of postings on the comic book.
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SF Chron editorial defending pamphlet today. Big surprise...

Posted by: jeff on January 13, 2005 08:37 AM

I was watching Jon Stewart the other night and he showed the comic above and referring to the guy in the water he said "Why would he need to cross the border? Can't he just jump here in a single bound?"

I thought that was kinda funny....;-)

Posted by: Rightwingsparkle on January 15, 2005 01:11 PM

The repatration of California continues. HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAH Viva Mexico!

Posted by: OneM on May 24, 2005 03:30 PM

I don't think so... Get ready for the Asian invasion! Hispanics will have about 6 months of "majority" about 40 years from now. Then the Asians will take over. It's already starting to happen in some cities.

Posted by: Sean in CA on January 9, 2007 09:16 PM

We don't need new laws on illegal border crossing. We need a Federal Goverment that has the guts to do what the law says to do now. Stop fooling around and start deporting the illegals and if the Mexican Goverment complains about it give them the one finger salute and deport even more. I am sick and tired of seeing so many illegals in this country that I sometimes think that is is Mexico. People who provide aid and comfort to the illegals should be arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and do a little time.

Posted by: chief on January 28, 2007 09:02 PM

well i dont think its fair that the government wants to deport latinos b/c we came here illigally. i know that we should of, could of gotten visas but we didnt and we are here now just like every one, america is a melting pot of cultures and we shouldnt be discriminated just b/c of ours.if you recall history, none of us got here llegally, none of us were leggal residents excpt for the natives, all races migrated here in search for the american dream and have come to found it.but is the american dream so glorious that ''americans'' dont want to share it. this land was once mexico, this land was once ours.the so called ''AMERICANS'' took it from us .we love it so much that we have come back but we are not wanted. yet u expect to be recived into our countries with open arms?? why?? just b/c your an ''american''?? that i belive is one of the many reason why my race has grown to HATE YOU. i know i shouldnt steriotype but that is the bottom line.why can you under stand that we all want the same, TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM.TIS THIS LAND NOT OF THEE?? i leave you with this question that only you can answer...

Posted by: Roseli on October 29, 2007 02:53 PM

First of all, people should be clear that the very own U.S. government SUPPORTS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS from entering and working in this country. Why? Cheap labor boosts the economy and aids the big businesses who are in league with the "higher-ups" IN the government. It follows the same logic as those companies who open up plants and factories in other countries where they can employ (and exploit) people for the cost of next-to-nothing. Meanwhile many Americans still remain jobless.

Sure you'll get candidates up there "fighting for the American public" and telling you how they'll try to stop this "unjust invasion," but once they get up to a high enough position they'll get their beaks wet and then what? Just another empty promise.

In the '70's the U.S. attempted a major overhaul of deporting illegal immigrants like "Chief" suggested above. The government found this to be counter-productive and, as mentioned before, the economy suffered. Plus Americans don't usually humble themselves to work menial jobs, so there were many job vacancies, to say the least. Illegal immigrants do not "take" jobs, and if you're still not convinced blame AMERICAN big business for employing illegals over their own countrymen.

As for myself I'm Latino and I wish to exclude myself from those who have "grown to hate you" (as the post above mentions). I don't agree with that and I don't hate anybody. But looking back at history, this whole country was stolen from others through deception, invasion, bloodshed, and other means of trickery and force. The irony is that the southwestern states themselves were stolen from Mexico through illegal immigration BY Americans.

My opinion is that it basically all goes back to kharma and universal justice. Things happen as a result or consequence of something else and even "the most powerful nation in the world" is not exempt from this. To me, hearing someone complain about the immigration problem equates to, "We stole this land fair and square, what do you think you're doing?!" and I can't help but sigh from the hypocrisy.

Posted by: Ariel on January 8, 2008 04:53 PM

Look first of all laws are made by man...Divine good is the power of god...This planet is his and not ours...But about this subject...So what if illegal imigrants are crossing tha border...That just makes them better why cuz they are coming here to take over Biatch!!!

Posted by: Chuie Brown on April 3, 2008 07:16 PM

Americans are preparing for war in our own land,
Face the facts, we are buying more weapons and explosives than ever before to kill all those who try to take over our nation. That goes for Asians, Mexicans, who ever. We are preparing and we will out number all of you for the next 20 years at least so if you think anti-immigrant sentiment is spreading now, give it a couple of years, you wait and see. Look at all the anti-immigration bills going through the states now, its only the beginning. You laugh now until the day comes that me and my battalion come through your neighborhood raping your women, killing all your children, and torturing you guys for days until you beg for me to slit your throat.

Posted by: Capt. American Soldier on May 5, 2008 05:46 PM

why dont you just ligusal mexicans

Posted by: Brittany on May 7, 2008 01:37 PM

The land of the free? Hahahaha. I was born and raised in the U.S., and to all those racist yes I am white. You people are so pathetically ignorant. The day you take away one mans rights you take away everyone's. Thomas Jefferson said "Those who desire to give up a little freedom in order to gain a little security, will not have nor do they deserve either on."

America belongs to no one, we belong to it. Show ignorance with hate.

Posted by: Matt on January 16, 2009 06:24 PM

Have you ever wondered why an illegal alien from Mexico is called a "Wetback"? It's because they had to cross the Rio Grande! Not all native Mexicans crossed the Rio Grand illegally; many of them followed the United States laws into coming into this country legally. The United States do allow native Mexicans to enter out country legally. It is not fair for the Mexicans who wish to follow the legal system, but allowing the "Wetbacks" the same legal status. Most of our ancestors had to come into America through Ellis Island, why should we allow Mexicans who do not what to follow the laws of our country to do as they please!!

Posted by: Alice Di Rito on February 16, 2009 01:17 PM

The Mexicans Stole all of Mexico from the spanish.We Americans have to Quit Feeling Guilty,its one of our big problems.Kill or be Killed.Lets bring the war to them.Its time to cross the border with are army and claim all of Mexico for America.Lets Bring back The Old Jacksonian Ideals And Be Real Americans again.

Posted by: Dave on May 27, 2009 11:47 PM

There are many reasons why Americans hate Mexicans. More than half of those Americans are ignorant people. The second half do have a legitimate argument and I feel that the government should listen to them, if they have constructive criticism or solutions to the illegal immigration problem. I feel that the problem is internal (within the us). If en employer stops giving jobs to illegals than those illegals will not go north anymore. If an un-educated migrant picks lettuce, salary, strawberries, ect, in the Salinas valley, he should be giving the opportunity to go north legally. I say this because in my 39 years in California, I have not once seen a blue eye, blond hair American, picking lettuce in fields of California or other states I have visited. I think sometimes we get so fed up with our lives that we begin to blame people or a society for what we dont have. In this case, Mexicans, are at a disadvantage over other races because society, since the beginning has single them to be bad awful people. I need to tell America that most of the hispanics I know, are hard working people. I think Hispanics should be giving a chance to live better lives, if they are willing to cross borders legally.

Posted by: Samuel on December 2, 2009 07:45 PM

and mexicans are not ignortant but u people dont understand that people just come to work and make something out of them selfs but for some reason its like we do somthing bad by just working and its not realy nice when people are enoying saying and bothering that we come and steal there jobs and dat we come just to do stuff that ant right .. we are like all you people we just come from a diffrant place to get better in life and become someone and something but its just bothers yuh that we want to progress in life and we just came to work and have a life we dont come from a diffrant world just from a diffrant contry

Posted by: chivas on April 14, 2010 02:39 PM


Posted by: ELOO on April 14, 2010 02:42 PM

Look up the definition for illegal. Within our system of systems illegal means illegal. We are not afforded the right to pick and choose which laws we see as unjust and not obey. If you are not ok with the United States and how they choose to run it, there are many other countries you are welcome to go to.

Keep in mind when you head on over as a American Citizen into ('LEGALLY' with a passport)Mexico you are at risk. In Mexico do you think you will be given a right to trial, or see a day in court for any traffic ticket or otherwise notable traffic or civil offense? Do you actually think you can drive through Mexico minding your own business, abiding by the laws and think you are safe?

Do you think you can go into Mexico with your passport and with your mission/outreach group that totals hundreds - something you go and do every year, build houses for the poor and HELP Mexico citizens- do you think this buys you a safe time in Mexico?

The answer to all those is NO. You are treated as any other non Mexican citizen in Mexico whether your there to build them houses or your a tourist putting your money into their economy.
The police in Mexico pull over Americans and make them pay them money, amounts that add up to all the money in their possession, just to not be subjected to whatever that crooked police dept. decides on that day they might do to us non citizens.

So I say this, it is ok for the Mexican police forces to randomly pull over Americans and take their money and what ever else they want to do,

at the same time U.S. police should welcome all the immigrants with open arms while entering illegally?

Ok I get that.

It is not a ignorance or a hate, it is the fact everyone alive thinks the United States and California should be held to different standards than any other.

That my friends is the epitamy of discrimination,
many spend so much time repeating words, following others, without looking deeply into why someone might be inclined to follow their lead.
There is not a lead or a follower there are laws or rules in everything in life, it is something you learned as a little kid.
If there was no structure this place would fall completely apart. It seems there are so many with so much opinion about how a country should be ran when they most likely don't even know the origins/history, of one or either country they are in a dispute over. Nor the heads of the governments, who makes the decisions, how they are based, the bills or legislation that is currently being fought for or has been up in previous months/years. etc...
Rights are given by each individual Country- then by the States/Cities of the Countries.
Hello the Country designates/assigns your rights.

Illegal is illegal no matter if you inhaled or NOT!
Come in and leave with the passports, get Visas, or don't come in. That's your rights!

Posted by: Native Californian on June 21, 2010 07:47 PM

Thanks for the post! But comic book instructions? What is this, a joke? This is serious stuff!

Posted by: Tobler Law on October 15, 2010 11:00 AM

It seems to me that a cheap and effective border fence could consist of about 10 to 12 rolls of coiled razor wire, spot welded together frequently, strung along our border would work. Anchor it into the ground at intervals so it can not be pulled aside.

Posted by: Joe on January 14, 2011 05:07 PM

that comic book is just so harsh. why the hell do they make that anyways?

Posted by: kevindominguez on May 11, 2011 02:42 PM

Salted water? What the fuck? As an Eagle Scout and avid camper that sounds quite wrong to me.

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