Sep 9, 2004, 5:18 PM
Post #13 of 18
"Just because enforcemnet is lax at the Lakeside backwater doesn't mean the activity is legal and non-enforcement will be a permanent fixture of local life."
I hate to be the one to inform you that the vigilant pursuit of offenders of trivial crimes has never been a high priority of Mexican officials. I agree with you that someone working without permission is definitely not legal, but I just don't see any major changes in Mexico's policy regarding the enforcement of this small aspect of the law. Even if an official from the local immigration office, who is the only one authorized to enforce this law, were to approach a vendor in a tianguis for their permits, a small bribe would resolve the matter. That is the only kind of enforcement of minor infractions you'll probably ever see in Mexico. Realistically, this is nothing new in this 500 year old country, as it can be traced back to the conquistadors and their Imperial rule. Infractions against the Catholic church's rules were paid in gold or other valuables diractly to the governors over the subjects, when the punishment called for was totally diferent than monetary reimbursement.
"Some will bitch about a dollar, while there are those without a dime."