Letter from employee working for U.S telecommunication company in Mexico:
For anyone thinking we are being too hard on our illegals......READ THIS!!! and the comments also.
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 of 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 i
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."
You may have seen in today's paper, where the North Koreans torpedoed a South Korean ship they said
invaded their waters. Canadians don't seem to have much regard for US citizens, The French hate us....
Countries around the world protest against us. The Iranians have held, and continue to hold people that
may stray across their borders, and we have 13 million or more illegal's in this country that are helping
to bankrupt us with benefits, food, crime, and education demands. Now they want to claim portions of
the US we bought and paid them for, as part of Mexico. http://www.gadsdenpurchase.com/
not even all of it)
In the midst of all this, the governemnt of the United States (our President in particular) is incapable of
securing our borders, refuses to do anything about the illegals (except wanting to make them citizens so
they can vote) here, and criticizes the state of Arizona for wanting to enforce a law that is identical to
the Federal statute, but gives the state the right to act on their behalf!
I'm of the opinion that we need 49 more state laws just like this one, and if in the course of human events,
a few get racially profiled.........too bad they did not come here legally......then they would have rights to
complain about. Seems that most of the world takes their borders seriously, and yet everyone is fighting
to get into this country.
We need to wake up people..........we're almost out of time, or are we just that stupid? Our system is so
easy to attack, we just don't (or won't) seem to know how to defend it.