Jan 20, 2005, 5:50 PM
Post #10 of 25
British Embassy in Caracas, huh? You ever meet a guy by the name
of Nestor Salguero?
OK, I did some research on this, thanks to www.gob.mx (..btw, doesn't the Mexican gov't put up much prettier web sites than the US gov't does?)
Up until a few years ago, indeed it was not only illegal but unconstitutional to carry a Mexican and a foreign passport at the same time, per Article 37 of the Constitucion Politica (cheap & dirty English by freetranslation.com ):
A. The Mexican nationality is lost:
I. By voluntary acquisition of a foreign nationality;
II. By accepting or to use titles peerages that imply submission to a foreign State;
III. By residing, being Mexican by naturalización, for five years continuous, in the country of its origin, and
IV. By causing to pass in any public instrument, being Mexican by naturalización, like the foreigner, or by obtaining and to use a foreign passport.
B. The Mexican citizenship is lost:
I. By accepting or to use titles peerages that imply submission to a foreign government;
II. By lending voluntarily official services to a foreign government without permission of the Federal Congress or of its Permanent Commission;
III. By accepting or to use condecoraciones foreign without permission of the Federal Congress or of its Permanent Commission;
IV. By admitting of the government of another country titles or functions, without subject to license of the Federal Congress or of its Permanent Commission, excepting the literary, scientific or humane titles that can be accepted freely;
V. By helping, against the Nation, to a foreigner, or to a foreign government in any diplomatic claim or before an international court.
That is amended by the following Articulo Transitorio:
Second. Who they have lost their Mexican nationality by birth, by to have acquired voluntarily a foreign nationality and if they are found in full enjoyment of their rights, they will be able to be benefited of the arranged thing in the article 37, section TO constitutional, reformed by virtue of the present decree, subject to request that they do to the Office of the secretary of Foreign Affairs, inside the five following years to it cited date of entrance in vigor of the present.
This amendment allows my wife to legally carry both US & Mexican passports, which she has to as she has to use the Mexican one to enter Mexico, and the US one to come back to the US. However if you read carefully, it appears this exception only applies to people who are Mexicans by birth, ie: born in Mexico or of Mexican parentage. People of foreign birth, (eg: me) it seems, don't qualify, but I suppose it's not a practical problem if the subject doesn't come up. IOW, if a US born person with dual nationality got arrested in Mexico, it'd probably not be a good idea to make phone calls to the US consulate from jail ;-)
Thanks for the tip on getting the passport back..
Ned Carlson Triode Electronics Chicago,IL USA
Fighting bad sound and electronic ignorance since
1985 (sorry, folks, it's taking a little longer than I thought)