Government officials are complaining about large numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the river to live in our country. They [and other legal residents] are concerned about the fact that these illegal immigrants do not speak the language and that they are perhaps taking jobs and resources away from legal residents. They are violating the laws of the country. Therefore, the government has decided to close the border and construct barriers to illegal immigration [generally by swimming/wading across the river or sneaking in along unprotected border points.] Soldiers will be stationed on the border to keep illegal immigrants out of the country. Mexican Federal Constitution of 1824 Established a Republic form of government in Mexico with an elected President and Congress Texas was part of a large Mexican state called Tejas y Coahuila with its capital at Saltillo The Constitution stated the Catholic Church was the recognized church in the country The Constitution somewhat limited freedom of speech and the press There were no provisions for trial by jury Impact of the Constitution of 1824 Settlers arrived used to the idea of a representative gov’t and expected the Constitution of 1824 to provide that in Mexican Texas Baron de Bastrop was elected the 1st rep from Texas (Tejas y Coahuila) to the Mexican state Legislature Texans rebelled against harsh gov’t and the lack of representation, finally beginning the Texas Revolution in 1836.