Mazatlan Expat Shooter
To the Gringo who has repeatedly scandalized in the Montuosa neighborhood, even this Thursday with shooting into the air, the mayor of Mazatlan, Luis Guillermo Benítez Torres, said he will seek with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that article 33 of the Constitution be applied and be expelled from Mexico.
The munícipe was interviewed this morning at the end of the press conference where they announced the free delivery of 45 thousand tickets for the carnival parties, where he acknowledged that this foreigner has already participated in several scandals; There is a file and we will see how to apply Article 33, he reiterated.
In the Hass house, the first municipal official also spoke of guaranteeing security for the students of the Autonomous University of the West, after a report of aggression and attempted rape of a young woman last Wednesday.
Mayor Benítez Torres said that preventive measures are already taken so that similar cases are not repeated and several units will be pending, including the Ministry of Public Security, the Tourist Assistance and Protection Center (CAPTA), which operates on the Malecon and the Municipal Institute for Women.
On the problem of many homeless people in the city, he said that there is no special program and that, in any case, it is intended to build a Psychiatric Hospital.
What is Article 33
Mexico: Constitutional Reforms on Expulsion of Foreigners
On June 10, 2011, Mexico issueda decree amending article 33 of the country’s Constitution, an old provision from 1917 that granted the President “the exclusive power to expel any foreigner whose presence is judged undesirable from the national territory, immediately and without the necessity of prior legal action.” (DIARIO OFICIAL DE LA FEDERACIÓN (Feb. 5. 1917).) The superseding provision, which forms a new second paragraph in article 33, grants foreigners who are going to be expelled from the country under that article the right to be heard. The new provision states: “[t]he Executive of the Union, [after a] preliminary hearing, may expel a foreign person from the national territory on the basis of the law, which shall regulate the administrative procedure as well as the place and the length of time that the detention shall last.” (Decreto por el que se modifica la denominación del Capítulo I del Título Primeroy reforma diversos artículos de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, DIARIO OFICIAL DE LA FEDERACIÓN (June 10, 2011).)
Commenting on this reform Senator Pedro Joaquín Coldwell stated that the “draconian” and “useless and insensitive” previous provision of article 33 on expulsion of foreigners was widely applied after the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in the State of Chiapas in 1994, when dozens of foreigners were expelled from Mexico. According to Coldwell, although in recent times this executive prerogative has been used sparingly, it still remained in the background, a threat to foreigners who expressed criticism of the country’s political affairs. Coldwell further stated that the newly worded provision will prevent the government from expelling foreigners without the right to an administrative or judicial hearing, and it will also guarantee foreigners access to proceedings in which they can defend themselves. (El Senado de México aprueba la reforma a la Ley de Derechos Humanos, RT AMÉRICA LATINA (Mar. 9, 2011).)
The Decree came into force on the day following its official publication; that is, on June 11, 2011. (Decreto, supra.)
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