Mexican passport is a ‘mixed bag’
Posted On July 17, 2021
By Laura ScottThe Mexican passport has been criticised by several travellers for being a mixed bag of security, and security for a nation whose citizens are being forced to travel on private passports.
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Interior Ministry have been criticised for their refusal to accept passports from people with dual nationality.
The passport was designed to ease migration for Mexicans in a country with a long history of civil unrest, political unrest and a series of deadly attacks, including the 2006 assassination of former President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
A recent audit of Mexican passport applications showed a spike in applications in 2016, when about 5.2 million Mexicans were registered to travel to Canada and the US.
“There is no question that the Mexican passport, while designed to enhance the safety of Mexicans, is not perfect,” said Alexi Casado, who runs a website called Travellers in Mexico, which allows visitors to enter Mexico from the US and Canada.
“It is the worst possible passport in my opinion,” he said.
If the US were to get an attack in Mexico they would be in a terrible situation.””
And the security for the US is also mixed.
If the US were to get an attack in Mexico they would be in a terrible situation.”
Mexico is home to some 2.6 million people who are Mexican citizens.
Some of them travel to the US for business, while others are coming for work.
“I am not a citizen of the United States, but I am a US citizen,” said Juan Manuel Martinez, a student who was visiting his parents in Mexico for the first time.
“And I am very scared that there could be an attack,” he told the ABC.
Mexican passports can only be used by Mexicans for a limited number of purposes, including travel within the country.
They are issued in paper form and are not valid for travel within Mexico.
“We have the right to travel.
The government has a right to give us the passports,” Mr Martinez said.
“But I would like to know if it is not necessary to go to the border to go and pick up our passports.”MEXICO’S EXECUTIVE TREASURY OFFICIALS MADE DECLARATIONS AGAINST US APPROPRIATE TRADE ON ITS MEXICAN BORDER IN 2017Mexico’s Government of Prime Minister Josefina Vidal has made an executive order banning the import of all products imported into the country from the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries that do not sign the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Ms Vidal said the move would protect Mexicans from the threat of attacks by “terrorists” and was aimed at deterring potential migrants from travelling to the United, Australia or Canada.
She also said the United Nations would be made aware of the action and would consider it.
“Mexico is a country of freedom, but we cannot live in a world where we are obliged to submit to an oppressive regime,” Ms Vidal told the Senate in a speech on Tuesday.
Ms Vida also called on the US to accept Mexican citizens, and said the US would not allow Mexican citizens to enter the US as tourists.
“If Mexico chooses to make a decision on the issue of its citizens, then I am in favour of it, because we are a country that welcomes foreigners,” she said.