Following was written by Tom O'Malley, a
US citizen who was a Director with S.W. BELL in Mexico

"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

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

"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. Any
issue might precipitate a protest, such as proposed law
changes in California or Texas which affect Mexican
nationals living there."

Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we
are being hard on the illegals.


Anonymous said...

None of that is true.

CharlieE said...

If you're a conservative, why would you want the Big Liberal Nanny State to dictate who can live here?

Shouldn't people have the freedom to live wherever they want without government interference?

ferschitz said...

I think I've seen this before; it definitely makes the rounds.

It's posited that this might be a mixture of some truth and some fiction. A bit "tell" for me is SW Bell, which no longer exists. It became SBC Communications in 1995, although there was a SW Bell office in Mexico in the early '90s.

This may or may not have been what the alleged "Mr. O'Malley" experienced sometime back in the '90s. Hard to verify.

Apparently Mexico's Immigration Laws have changed quite a bit since the '90s, and espcially after 2007. So whether this was true or not back then, it's no longer the case as to how the FM3 visas are issued.

The thing about Mexican citizens not being able protest is completely bogus. We see stuff in the news routinely about protests happening in Mexico.

So, mostly I call bullshit.

If RWD thinks Mexican Immigration Laws are so far superior to the USA, then why doesn't he move there, where he magically believes he won't be pestered by pesky demonstrations. Sounds like RWD's idea of heaven.

delagar said...

Of course, facts -- truth or lies -- matters very little to RWD.

All he wants is to hear something that confirms his bias.

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