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After decades of hiring illegal aliens and lobbying against any and all restrictions on immigration, Big Business is about to find out the real costs of the Open Borders it has subsidized.

In California, the Washington Times reported last week, thousands of Mexicans who have worked for some of the state’s and the nation’s largest supermarket chains are joining in a class action suit against their employers.

They also have the aid of the Mexican government. [Mexico urges immigrants to join class-action suit, By Jerry Seper, March 22, 2004]

The grounds of the suit, brought by the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), one of the most radical Open Borders lobby groups, are that the supermarkets have discriminated against the workers “because they were employed as independent contractors.”

The claim is that the supermarket chains since 1994 or so have fraudulently hired workers—mainly for menial jobs like cleaning floors—as independent contractors and thereby “reaped millions of dollars in annual labor costs savingsby paying less than minimum wages, avoiding paying benefits costs and forcing workers to work seven days a week.

Well, what else would you expect? What, after all, is the point of hiring illegal aliens if you can’t exploit them in ways that you can’t exploit Americans?

Whether the companies are guilty or not is not really of much interest. What’s interesting is first of all El Grande Pollo that is finally coming home to roost on the hefty bank accounts of the supermarkets.

The suit’s plaintiffs—700 so far—are seeking what attorneys say is “millions of dollars” in compensation for back wages, overtime and benefits for the nine-year period covered by the claims as well as forfeiture of “all profits acquired by means of any unfair business practices.”

Of course, if the suit succeeds, it will set a precedent for similar court actions against meat packers, food processors, agribusiness, the hotel and restaurant industry, construction firms and any other businesses that for years have wallowed in the cheap labor that Americans supposedly won’t do.

The other point of interest in the case is the involvement of the Mexican government—in a lawsuit brought in American courts on behalf of all those “new Americans” of whom the Open Borders gang is so fond, as long as they shut up, get to work and don’t bring lawsuits.

The “new Americans,” of course, are not necessarily Americans at all, and many—probably most—are illegal aliens. The judge in the case has ruled that the workers’ immigration status at the time of their employment is not relevant to whether they were fairly compensated. Hence, millions may be eligible to join.

The Mexican consulate in San Diego, the Times reports, held a news conference last week to urge workers to join the suit. “This lawsuit is important,” pronounced Mexican Consul General Luis Cabrera Cuaron [Email the consulate] at the news conference, “because it involves large numbers of our nationals and because it insists that their rights be respected, regardless of their legal status.”

It’s also important because through its open involvement in the case the Mexican government is officially siding with the workers against American businesses.

And what the Mexican government is thereby announcing is that the Mexicans involved in the suit don’t need to look to the American government for help. The U.S. government is not their real government any more than the United States is their real country.Mexico is their real country, regardless of whether they’re here legally or not. And the government in Mexico City is their real government.

The message is in part to the thousands of Mexicans who are or might become part of the suit, but it’s also in part a message to the U.S. government that the “new Americans”—over whom President Bush, most Republicans, all Democrats, Big Business and the heavy-lifters in the Open Borders Literary and Cogitation Society have long gushed—are not Americans at all.

The message tells us what critics of mass immigration have tried to explain for years, that when you have millions of people coming from one country to another, you do not have an addition to the receiving country. You have an invasion by the sending country.

For decades the Mexican government has encouraged massive emigration, using its own population and our weakness and greed to conquer a good part of our country, and has firmly denounced and resisted any effort by us to control immigration.

Americans, including the president, may not yet get this message, though some signs suggest that many are starting to.

But after the Mexican government sends it a few more times and helps bankrupt the businesses that have served as the best allies of Mexico’s re-conquest of their own nation, the message will be received and understood.

• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Immigration, Mexico 
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Despite unveiling a plan for the mass amnesty of illegal aliens in January, President Bush is still not satisfied that America is the “welcoming society” he likes to claim it is. Nor is his counterpart, President Vicente Fox of Mexico, with whom Mr. Bush palavered last weekend at what used to be American soil in Texas.

The upshot of the meeting was that Mr. Fox badgered Mr. Bush for even more amnesty for the millions of his countrymen who have already broken the law to get here, while Mr. Bush granted Mexicans unprecedented—and dangerous—privileges that virtually no other foreign nationals enjoy.

Those privileges include what the Washington Post described as allowing “millions of Mexicans with short-term visas to cross the border without being fingerprinted and photographed by U.S. authorities.” Swell. Little old ladies from Poughkeepsie have to be virtually strip searched when they fly to Peoria, but Mexican nationals may come and go as they please without scrutiny. So much for the “war on terrorism.” [Bush, Fox Settle Short-Term Visa Spat ( By Mike Allen, March 7, 2004]

Mr. Fox, for his part, was still not satisfied. He went into the meeting demanding an even more total and immediate amnesty than Mr. Bush’s plan grants. As the Washington Times reported last week, “The Mexican government is lobbying U.S. lawmakers and civic leaders for amnesty or guest-worker status for millions of illegal aliens now in the United States, working through a coalition of U.S.-based immigration rights associations, Mexican-American organizations and grass-roots Hispanic groups.” The coalition seeks “expanded education and health care benefits for Mexican nationals in this country, along with additional programs for labor, community development and access to services,” most of which will be paid for by American taxpayers, of course.[Mexico lobbies for alien amnesty, By Jerry Seper, March 4, 2004]

Mr. Bush was not so dim as to grant these demands (at least not yet) but he was eager to make Mr. Fox as happy as possible. Hence, his concessions on security procedures for Mexicans. The question naturally arises as to why he was willing to go along, when his amnesty plan has visibly backfired, has alienated both his own party and most Americans and blatantly contradicts his own insistence on the tightest possible security measures against terrorism.

The answer, of course, is politics. The president is desperate to win Hispanic votes in November—indeed, given his steadily sinking support in polls, he is desperate to win any votes—and both the January amnesty and the belly-flop in Texas were calculated to do just that.

What was not reported was what Mr. Fox is probably supposed to do for Mr. Bush—to help mobilize the millions of Mexican-American voters and the aforementioned “coalition” in the president’s support. Well, maybe he will and maybe he won’t. It probably depends on whether the Democrats can cut him a better deal and whether Mexican-American voters will support the Republicans at all. Past campaigns offer little evidence that they will do so in any large numbers.

What we are beginning to see in the politics of immigration these days is reminiscent of the latter days of the Roman Empire, when various wealthy candidates for the imperial purple would openly offer cash on the barrel to whichever soldiers would sell them the throne. Today, cash on the barrel certainly has its political uses, but the ability to deliver Hispanic votes may be even more valuable and perhaps easier to get.

As for Mr. Fox, he is less interested in our imperial throne than his own. He needs to curry the favor of the millions of Mexican-American voters who are also voters in Mexico itself, which is why he has been lobbying for amnesty so hard. Moreover, he also knows that what is going on in the American Southwest is no longer immigration or even invasion but what can only be called colonization.

What Harvard scholar Samuel P. Huntington writes about Mexican immigration into the Southwest in his recent article in Foreign Policy should be clearly understood by American voters whose votes have not yet been bartered and paid for:

“No other immigrant group in U.S. history has asserted or could assert a historical claim to U.S. territory. Mexicans and Mexican Americans can and do make that claim. Almost all of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah was part of Mexico until Mexico lost them as a result of the Texan War of Independence in 1835-1836 and the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Mexico is the only country that the United States has invaded, occupied its capital—placing the Marines in the ‘halls of Montezuma’—and then annexed half its territory. Mexicans do not forget these events.”

Call it a “welcoming society” if you will, or immigration, invasion, or colonization. The Mexican term for it is “Reconquista,” and Mr. Bush seems determined to make it come true.

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While President Bush was explaining why Americans must export democracy to the rest of the planet last week, Mexico’s President Vicente Fox was practicing his own version of democracy inside the United States.

Virtually unreported in the national media, Mr. Fox’s brazen lobbying of American elected leaders to advance his own agenda for amnesty of illegal Mexican aliens comes very close to constituting an act of aggression.

In the first week of November, Mr. Fox arrived in this country to busy himself with visits to three southwestern states and their political elitesNew Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. His business in these states was to put pressure on their political leaders for amnesty.

Then, after being wined and dined by the submissive governors and lawmakers, Mr. Fox proceeded to harangue the aliens in New Mexico to push for amnesty themselves.

There are a couple of little problems here. The most obvious is that the head of state of a foreign government, which is about to enter negotiations with the United States over the issue of immigration, is actively and openly seeking to apply political pressures within this country to influence both the negotiations and the internal politics of the nation. Back in the Cold War, when foreign nations did this sort of thing, it was called “subversion,” and foreign agents who engaged in it were either kicked out or locked up.

Then there is yet another little problem. The U.S. Constitution explicitly states (Article I, section 10), “No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation.” OK, no state has, but the point of the constitutional language is to prevent states from conducting their own foreign policies and reserve to the federal government—rightly—the authority to conduct relations with foreign countries.

Merely by meeting with the president of Mexico, the southwestern governors violated at least the spirit of the Constitution. The president of the United States ought to have something to say about this, but he doesn’t.

Then there is a third problem, perhaps the most serious of all, in what Mr. Fox has been doing and what the governors, lawmakers and the Bush administration have let him get away with.

It is the pretense of the Mexican government, at least slyly and covertly, that the territory of the states Mr. Fox visited this month really belong to Mexico, that the United States stole the territory during the Mexican-American War in 1848. Today, the migration of millions of Mexicans into these states—Mexicans who are able to vote in Mexican elections—makes the absorption of these territories by Mexico a real possibility.

By parading around these states as the president of Mexico and visiting the state governors, legislators, and local bigwigs, Mr. Fox engaged in a not-very subtle propaganda campaign to suggest—to Mexicans, to the states he visited and to this country—that he was merely touring the states of his own nation.

He was furthering the myth that these states really belong to Mexico—and the political leaders of the states and the nation stupidly allowed him to do it and get away with it.

Indeed, Mr. Fox was almost explicit in what he was doing. Addressing the legislature of the state of New Mexico, he stated that the United States and Mexico are really united “by nation and language.”


Mexico and the United States are two separate nations and speak two different languages. How can they be united by “nation and language?”

They are united by language because millions of people who live in this country now speak the language of Mexicans.

And they are united by “nation” because it is Mr. Fox’s conceit that they are really the same nation—his.

And why should he not entertain that conceit? The 3.5 million Mexicans who now live—illegally—in the United States are in process of disengaging from this nation and joining the territory they occupy with that of the Mexican nation.

Nations are not created by borders, laws, treaties and maps. They are defined and created by peoples, and what the mass movement of one people into the territory of a different people has accomplished is to fracture one nation and expand another.

Mr. Fox should have been arrested, dragged to the borders of his own nation, thrown over them and told not to come back. That is also what should be done to the millions of illegal aliens from his nation who have invited themselves into ours.

But the mere fact that neither was done or is even thinkable by our own leaders means that Mr. Fox’s vision of a Greater Mexico consisting of whatever parts of our country he can grab may be on the road to reality.

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While President Bush ponders amnesty for illegal Mexican immigrants and yet another war against Iraq, the real war has already come here—from Mexico.

The New York Times reported last week ["A Georgia Pipeline for Drugs and Immigrants," by Tim Golden, NYT, November 16, 2002"] that in areas where Mexican immigrants were supposed to bring the vaunted “cheap labor” that would save American industries, what they’ve really imported is cheap drugs—and plenty of them.

The story centered on Dalton, Ga., a small textile manufacturing center just across the state line from Chattanooga and where immigrants from Mexico have flocked in recent years to take jobs in the local sock and carpet mills.

Now, with the country in recession, many of the jobs have vanished, but the Mexicans remain—and they make up for lost wages by pushing narcotics.

“In Dalton and surrounding areas,” the Times reports, “drug arrests have steadily risen since the late 1990s, police officials say. Gang-related violence has become common” in an area that last saw major violence around the time of Sherman’s march to Atlanta. “We keep arresting people and seizing drugs, but they just keep coming,” the local police chief moans. “We’re in a boat with a big hole. We can keep bailing, but the hole’s still there.”

Of course the hole’s still there, and it will always be there as long as mass immigration is permitted—which is to say, as long as Big Business interests demand the cheap labor it provides.

Even as his town and region are poisoned by the immigrant drug-dealers, ex-Rep. Erwin Mitchell beams that “this is a place where not one American job has been lost to immigrant workers.” That, of course, is a boldfaced lie. The textile czars round up Mexican workers themselves because they can rid their plants of higher-wage Americans, but even if it were true, what good are “American jobs” if they’re filled by foreigners and the society disintegrates because of the drugs, murders and gangs the aliens import?

“Dalton,” the Times assures us,

“is by no means alone…From Alaska to South Carolina, law enforcement officials said, Mexican traffickers have taken advantage of spreading Mexican immigration and freer North American trade to establish themselves as the dominant wholesale suppliers of illegal drugs across much of the United States.”

Like the terrorists of Sept. 11, the Mexican drug peddlers can flourish because mass immigration has created an alternative society in which they can live, hide, and operate. The Dalton police force has a grand total of one officer who can even speak Spanish and has “almost no capacity to infiltrate tight-knit Mexican criminal groups.”

“The chances of these people getting caught are now somewhere between slim and none,” the local chief told the Times.

Just as Islamic terrorists make use of the religious, linguistic and cultural “diversity” their own immigrant communities create in this country, so the Mexicans also create their own internal social structures that are almost impossible for police to detect and investigate.

Mass immigration by itself isn’t the only reason for the drug deluge from across the Rio Grande. There’s also the contribution of the vaunted North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA.

“Like the legitimate businessmen energized by the loosening of North American trade,” the Times reports, “the traffickers have found new economies of scale, taken advantage of the freer movement of Mexican trucking into the United States and even shifted some production closer to consumers.”

The two major superstitions of the last decade—that mass immigration and free trade and the “diversity” and “globalization” they bring are progress—smash apart on the hard truths about the new multinational narcotics industry.

How much longer the Open Borders lobby, its pet politicians and hired ideologues, and the Big Business interests that welcome any displacement of American workers and any destruction of American culture and social fabric if it rakes up enough dollars, how much longer they can keep pretending that the monsters they’ve created are the blessings for the country they claim they are isn’t clear.

If 3,000 dead Americans in the World Trade Center, murdered by alien terrorists who entered the country legally are not too many lives to lose, why should the swamping by drugs and murder of northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and all the rest of the nation “from Alaska to South Carolina” be too high a price to pay for the glories that “cheap labor” brings us?

What is happening in Dalton and its environs merely reminds those Americans who still have not lost all their mental marbles that opening your borders to millions of aliens who share nothing with your own society and people is an invitation to national suicide.

If those who forced the gates open won’t close them, those who have to live with what comes across will have to close them themselves.

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Mexico’s President Vicente Fox is unhappy that President Bush and the United States are spending so much time on such trivia as terrorism, war in the Middle East and the collapsing stock market and paying so little attention to the really important stuff, such as the amnesty Mr. Fox wants for the millions of illegal aliens from Mexico he either refuses or is unable to stop. Last month, Mr. Fox unbosomed his unhappiness with this country in an interview with the New York Times.

[Transcript here.]

“The Mexican president,” the Times reported, “has displayed increasing impatience with the lack of progress on Mexico’s proposals for immigration reforms,” including giving “legal status to three million undocumented [i.e., illegal] Mexicans working [sometimes] in the United States.”

["After 9/11, Fox Still Waits for U.S. Moves on Mexico" NYT, By GINGER THOMPSON, September 13, 2002]

It’s understandable that Mr. Fox would complain about the “lack of progress,” since Mexico stands to gain immensely by formalizing the legal status of that not inconsiderable part of its population that has managed to sneak into this country. Not only does it rid itself of excess people whom it neither wants nor is able to sustain, but also it colonizes those parts of the United States in which the Mexicans settle and establishes an increasingly powerful voting bloc that can be expected to exert the political pressures where and when the Mexican government desires.

To that particular goal Mr. Fox addressed himself in the Timesinterview. If the Bush administration doesn’t get back with the program soon, El Presidente vowed, after the November elections, “his government would embark on a broad new campaign that would seek support for the measures from grass-roots organizations up to Congress. And he said he expected the White House to join him.”

Just which “grass-roots organizations” does Mr. Fox expect to mobilize in his campaign for the legalization of illegal Mexican aliens? No doubt the increasingly powerful Hispanic lobby, as well as the Open Borders crowd in general, will sign up, but mainly Mr. Fox can expect to fire up the 20 million or so Mexicans who live in this country. If he can use them to lobby an amnesty into existence, he can expect to add some 3 to 4 million more to his massive fifth column inside the United States.

What emerges fairly clearly from the interview with Mr. Fox is that the Mexican president plans to exploit the crises the United States is facing with terrorism and impending war for his own and his country’s advantage. At no time in the interview does he disclose the slightest indication that his own government bears any responsibility for reducing the illegal flow of immigrants into this country or any suggestion that his government might do more to stop it.

Yet the Washington Times, in a mammoth five-part series on illegal immigration published only a week after the interview with Mr. Fox,finds that “record numbers of illegal aliens continue to find their way into the United States,” and that “federal, state, city and county law-enforcement authorities, along with civic leaders and immigration analysts, said hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens remain undeterred and undetected each year.”

New strategies and technologies used by the Border Patrol have been effective at apprehending many illegals, but the main effect has been to force the flow into new areas. Interestingly, the series finds that in those areas where border control has been effective, the result has been “a decline in crime and an upgraded quality of life in border towns in Texas and California”—a fact that suggests that maybe getting rid of illegal aliens, not legalizing them through an amnesty, is what should be done.

Mr. Fox’s arrogant announcement that he’s displeased with the quality of the attention the U.S. government is paying to him and what he wants ought to be greeted in Washington with the silent contempt it deserves. His further announcement that he plans to mobilize political pressure to force Washington to do what he wants the way he wants it is a bit more serious. It’s one more bit of evidence that the Mexican government has every intention of using the fifth column mass immigration has created to gain political power inside the United States and to use that power for its own interests. That should have been obvious ever since Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo announced in 1997 that “the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and … Mexican migrants are an important—a very important—part of this.” [RealAudio Sound Clip]

Terrorism from the Middle East isn’t the only crisis the United States is confronting. The naked threat of intrusion into our domestic politics to gain the power Mr. Fox and his government crave may be less violent but is no less an act of aggression against our nationality than hijacking airliners and crashing them into skyscrapers.

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One result of the Sept. 11 anniversary will probably be the resumption of plans for the amnesty of millions of illegal Mexican aliens living in the United States.

One result of Sept. 11 itself was that amnesty had to be put on the backburner, so to speak, while the Bush administration pretended to do something serious about terrorism. Now, however, Mexico’s President Vicente Fox is badgering the president to get back to serious business and resume plans for amnesty.

Amnesty, however is only one tamale on El Presidente’s platter, and not only amnesty but also the other tamales all are part of a power-hungry banquet ultimately leading the Mexican president to the biggest enchilada of all — the political as well as the demographic colonization of the United States or at least of its Southwestern regions.

Last month Mr. Fox abruptly canceled a scheduled meeting with President Bush because the state of Texas, contrary to Mr. Fox’s demands, executed a duly convicted and sentenced (and indeed self-confessed) Mexican murderer.

The grounds for Fox’s objection to the execution were that the killer was supposedly denied his

right to help from his government when he was arrested in 1988.”

The more important reason is that, by standing up for the millions of criminals and potential criminals that Mexico annually exports to this country and claiming to have some sort of legal right to do so, the Mexican government advances the idea that it has legitimate authority within our own boundaries.

But however angry Mr. Fox may have been with Mr. Bush for not halting an execution over which he has no constitutional control, he was not so upset that he didn’t lobby California’s governor in favor of some state legislation a few days later.

The legislation is a bill to allow Mexican immigrants in the state to apply for driver’s licenses. In a phone call to California Gov. Gray Davis, Mr. Fox

“reiterated the importance that the Mexican government and Mexican residents of California attach to the initiative. Given the importance of a driver’s license for thousands of Mexicans in California,”

an official Mexican statement said, the governor and the president

“agreed to work together to find a way for the measure to be implemented as soon as possible.”

You can just bet your tacos they did. Mr. Davis, facing re- election, needs to buck the demands of the Mexican president and those of “thousands of Mexicans in California” like he needs a cucaracha in his guacamole.

It’s true that the limp campaign of his challenger, Bill Simon, is running well behind Mr. Davis in the polls and is saddled with a corporate scandal to boot. But no politician in the middle of a re-election campaign is going to snub his nose at an issue important to voters.

Letting illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses, of course, will only further legitimize them as permanent residents of the state (and the nation) and provide them with useful documentation through which they can get other legitimizing documents.

It will also help them get jobs as truck drivers that otherwise would go to Americans.

And, by helping to make sure that Mexicans already inside the state get their drivers’s licenses, Mr. Fox is making sure they know who helped them. The Mexicans in California will be both Americans and Mexicans, and as such they can create massive political pressures on the state and this country to advance the interests of Mexico.

That’s what is meant by “colonization.”

As for Mr. Simon, after pandering to Hispanics for most of the campaign and repudiating an early pledge to consider sponsoring another ballot measure similar to Proposition 187 of 1994, which denied welfare benefits to illegal aliens and passed by nearly 60 percent, he is flopping even among Hispanic voters. A poll in early August showed Mr. Simon with a miserable 21 percent of the Hispanic vote and Mr. Davis with 55 percent.

The election isn’t over, of course, but it looks like yet another colossal flop for the grand strategy of the Open Borders lobby to win the Hispanic vote by abandoning immigration control and all measures connected to it.

After blaming every Republican defeat in the state on the bitter legacy of Prop 187, the Open Borders lobby is now locked into a candidate whose Hispanic support is exactly the same as what Bob Dole and Gov. Davis’ first gubernatorial opponent Dan Lungren in 1998 won in the state in 1996 and 1998.

The lessons ought to be clear:

Lesson One is that mass immigration from Mexico is a transparent means by which the Mexican government can manipulate American politics to suit its own interests.

Lesson Two is that the only way to stop this is not by pandering to Hispanics – offering amnesty to illegal aliens and abandoning immigration control – but to stop all immigration now.

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If it’s war you want, forget Afghanistan and the “Axis of Evil” invented by the president’s speechwriters and take a look at our dear amigo to the south, Mexico.

Last year, according to documented reports of the U.S. Border Patrol, Mexican troops and police officers crossed into United States territory at least 23 times. Since the Bush administration seems to be silent about and indifferent to these invasions, Rep. Tom Tancredo, by far the most courageous critic of mass immigration now in public life, has demanded an explanation from the Mexican government.

Don’t bet your tamales he’ll get a serious one.

The explanation Mr. Tancredo does get from Mexico is that the incursions were in pursuit of drug smugglers. “The troops are fighting against drugs,” a Mexican government official told the Washington Times last week, “and sometimes they get lost in those areas–there is no clear marking for the border.” [Mexican soldiers in border crossings Washington Times May 13, 2002]

Well, maybe sometimes they do. I guess you can’t count on Mexican troops and police officers knowing where they are or being able to use maps, compasses and radios to find out.

But maybe sometimes they’re not “fighting drugs” but smuggling them. That’s what Mr. Tancredo, who visited the border region in April, found out.

U.S. Border Patrol agents “are reporting that they see people coming through with guns. The concern is that there are people coming through with arms, M-16s, protecting drug carriers,” Mr. Tancredo says. “And they are not lost.”

Mexicans covering for drug smugglers is not necessarily the issue, however. For several years now, Mexican troops seem to have waltzed into U.S. territory pretty much whenever and wherever they felt like it.

In March, the Border Patrol says, four Mexican troops carrying submachine guns and automatic rifles were detained when they encountered Border Patrol agents.

In October, 2000, 10 Mexican soldiers were reported to have fired on a U.S. air unit.

In March, 2000, two Mexican military vehicles allegedly on an anti-drug mission crossed the U.S. border and actually fired shots at Border Patrol agents.

Some of these incursions may indeed be accidents or the results of enforcement operations in uncertain territories. Then again, the fact is that Mexico really doesn’t much care whether it’s U.S. territory or not, since a great many Mexicans think the area belongs to them anyway. Given the vast immigration of Mexicans into the region, some day it will.

In 1997, the predecessor of current Mexican President Vicente Fox, Ernesto Zedillo, told Mexican nationals in Chicago, “I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important–a very important–part of this.” [RealAudio Sound Clip]

Just so. By encouraging the massive migration of its unwanted nationals into our country, Mexico constructs a population base that can eventually simply swallow the regions it lost in the Mexican-American War. Mr. Tancredo says Mexican officials told him Mexico views the Southwest United States and northern Mexico not “as two countries, but as ‘one region.’”

Meanwhile, Mexican cops and troops can act as though the border doesn’t really exist by crossing it whenever they feel like it and doing whatever they please, including firing on American government agents.

“These situations can be very difficult,” a Border Patrol officer told the Times. “We are outgunned in these instances. They have automatic rifles, and we have handguns.” Mexican military support for illegal drug smuggling, he said, is “a definite possibility.” Aside from their profound patriotic attachment to the nation’s lost territories, Mexican cops and soldiers are not exactly famous for their honesty.

The border incidents with Mexico are by no means new–I wrote columns about some of them as long as two years ago–but apparently neither the Clinton nor the Bush administration has done much about them. Mr. Tancredo has, at least to the extent that a congressman by himself can.

What should be done, now that the Border Patrol itself has confirmed that armed Mexican police and soldiers seem unable to stay out of a country that isn’t theirs and where they have no business, is to deploy the U.S. Army to round up the illegal aliens and drug smugglers on our side of the border and to keep the Mexican army and police on theirs.

Almost certainly, the ulterior purpose of the military and police crossings is to habituate the U.S. government and its officials–not to mention American citizens–into thinking that areas that belong to the United States are really Mexican.

If so, a few shots from U.S. troops in the other direction might inform the Mexican military who it is who is really outgunned–and remind them of whose country they made the mistake of invading.

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Those Americans whose memory banks have not been totally erased by the horrors of Sept. 11 and its aftermath may recall that only a week before the terrorist attack, Mexico’s President Vicente Fox was gallivanting north to badger President Bush for an amnesty for illegal Mexican aliens in the United States and even an actual union of the two nations. For obvious reasons, we haven’t heard much out of Mr. Fox recently. Then again, some reasons why for once he has kept his mouth more or less shut may not be so obvious.

Immediately after the attacks, Mr. Fox, like most other national leaders from Britain’s Tony Blair to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, expressed regrets about them. But the man who has invited himself to the United States at least half a dozen times since his election little more than a year ago hasn’t been seen here since his official visit just before the attacks, and his government has been rather muted in its offers to help U.S. and allied anti-terrorism efforts. Not everyone in Mexico, it seems, is so keen on being amigos with the gringos as Mr. Fox.

No sooner had his administration offered condolences and help, the Mexican Congress began to whine that he had given the United States a “blank check” to do whatever it wanted. Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes complained that, after all, “we are partners of the United States, not their hangers-on.” As of last week, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports, street vendors in Mexico City were “making brisk business selling ‘bin Laden is my hero’ T-shirts.” Just whose amigos are these amigos, anyway?

Mexico is not a “hanger-on” when it wants the United States to wipe the slate clean on the millions of illegal aliens who have broken our laws to come here and to dole out welfare, education, health services,special judicial rights and even citizenship to them and their children. It’s not a “hanger-on” when it confesses—falsely—that it can’t control its own border or the flow of millions of its own people northward across ours, nor when it complains that our own efforts to enforce elementary border security endangers the lives of the immigrants it refuses to regulate. When Mexico demands to be carried on the American back, it’s not hanging on. But when, after the most serious attack on the U.S. mainland in our history, we might need a little help from it, it’s just a “partner,” not a “hanger-on.”

President Bush ought to tell this armpit of corruption, economic failure, and political repression disguised as a nation to go help itself for a change and to forget about amnesty and any further concessions on immigration or much of any other matter. Amazingly, he didn’t. No sooner had Mr. Fox expressed his condolences to the president in a telephone conversation than the U.S. president told his Mexican counterpart that he “continued to work on legalizing the situation of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States.” “I was truly surprised that Bush himself, at such a difficult time, was not forgetting his commitments,” Mr. Fox beamed.

Assuming Mr. Fox didn’t make up what Mr. Bush supposedly told him, it’s really not surprising. At no time since the Sept. 11 attacks by aliens who used lax immigration laws and policies to get into this country has Mr. Bush or any other major member of his administration suggested a tightening of border security or reform of immigration laws. Fixated on the mythology of open borders and a nation of immigrants, none can bring himself to believe that mass immigration itself is what opens this country to terrorism, not to mention Mexico’s massive drug traffic.

Immediately after the terrorist attacks, the border with Mexico was effectively closed, and the result has been a huge reduction in the flow of both illegals and drugs. Between Sept. 11 and Sept. 23, the Customs Service reports, 8,700 pounds of illegal narcotics were seized at the border from Brownsville to San Diego. In the same period last year, the amount seized in the same area was more than 44,000 pounds. So closing the border can reduce the flow of illegal drugs by some 80 percent. The next time the government swaggers about waging “war on drugs” without closing the Mexican border, pay no attention.

Nor to any future blabber about what a great pal the good old country of Mexico is. Having made a mess of its own house, Mexico is merely looking for someone else’s hacienda to take over, and its ruling class has decided that since the United States is only next door and looks like a plausible chump, it will do fine. With leaders who still think amnesty for Mexican illegals is a great idea, who’s to say they’re wrong?

• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Mexico 
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The biggest problem for the not-very-bustling metropolis of Casa Blanca, Mexico, is, according to a recent story in the New York Times, whether it is going to exist in the near future. “The question we always ask,” says one of its dwindling and aging residents, “is, ‘Will our community survive?’ We are running out of people.”

That, of course, doesn’t mean that the Mexican birth rate is falling. What it means is that too many Mexicans are bidding adios to their homeland and heading for the greener side of the border in El Norte—the United States. And like everything else bad that happens to Mexico and other Third World utopias-that-might-have-been, it’s all the fault of El Gringo.

As the New York Times explains, (“Migrant Exodus Bleeds Mexico’s Heartland,” June 17th) Mexicans for many years have tracked back and forth across the border to find work, welfare and money in the United States and to fetch the swag back to the locals. But now, “Migration experts say that with a growing United States law enforcement presence on the border, illegal crossings have become so difficult—and even deadly –that many migrants and their families settle permanently in the United States, rather than to risk a repeated crossing.”

If only we were kind enough not to enforce our border laws and just let anyone cross who wanted to, then the depopulation of central Mexico wouldn’t be happening. It never occurs to the Times, let alone the Mexicans, that if they stayed in their own country where they belong, the depopulation wouldn’t be happening either.

Nor does it occur to the Mexican government, which is insistent on pushing more and more of its own people out of their own country and into ours. The Times again explains why, at least in part.

Migration is a multibillion dollar venture for Mexico. Immigrants send home an estimated $6.3 billion each year. That money—the nation’s third largest source of income, behind oil and tourism—has not only provided relatives money for food, clothing and medicine. Migrants also pooled their money and filled in for strapped or corrupt local governments by supporting public works projects that ranged from paving streets and installing potable water systems to refurbishing churches and furnishing classrooms with computers.

So the truth is that for years American have been subsidizing whatever passes for progress in Mexico through the money they pay to illegal immigrants, as well as helping to line the pockets of the kleptocracy that runs Mexico. No wonder the Mexican government doesn’t want to do much to slow down illegal immigration and gets testy when anyone in this country suggests that more be done.

The result of the virtual abolition of the border—for all the enforcement efforts on our side, the fact is that virtually anyone can cross if he wants to—is the depopulation of one and the over-population of the other. The state of Michaocan, for instance, in central Mexico, sees some 50,000 of its natives leave each year, with about half staying in the United States. There are now more Mexicans from this province in California, Texas, and Illinois than there are in Michaocan itself.

The depopulation doesn’t really help Mexico, despite the loot the immigrants import, because whatever human talents and skills the country might need and be able to use tend to get out as soon as possible. Those who remain probably aren’t of much use for anything. Now, if the migrants who never come back stop sending money back as well, the result could be further economic collapse in their home areas, prompting still more immigration in the future.

Meanwhile, while California’s Gov. Gray Davis and President Bush bicker at each other over energy policy, the truth is that there would be no energy crisis in California at all if it were not for the massive number of immigrants that have swelled the state’s population over the last 30 years. As demographer Virginia Abernethy points out in a recent column, California energy consumption declined per capita over the last 20 years, but the state’s population grew by 43 percent in the same period. The reason for 95 percent of the population increase in the last decade has been immigration. Had those new heads not arrived to consume more energy, there would be no energy crisis in California—and no looming crisis for the nation.

While Americans have subsidized Mexican development, Mexicans and other immigrants have helped cause our energy crisis—as well as burdens on other resources and infra-structures. So we don’t really need to hear more lectures about how Mexican depopulation is all our fault. If no more of them came and if the whole mass of them went home and stayed there, both countries would be better off.

• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Immigration, Mexico 
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Antiquarians may recall that, long ago in April, two high Mexican government officials came to the United States and boasted of how much they were going to help us in controlling illegal immigration. Last week the help arrived in the shape of the Mexican government’s plan to distribute some 200,000 survival kits to Mexicans who plan to sneak across our borders—a wee bit too late to help 14 Mexican illegals who died in the Arizona desert.

“For the first time,” Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago Creel said during his April visit to Washington, “the Mexican government is recognizing that we have a responsibility regarding the migratory flows” into the United States. That sounds like the Mexicans might actually do something to try to stop or slow down the vast flood of their own countrymen pouring out of their own country into ours.

But the decision last week to hand out the survival kits to prospective illegal immigrants tells us just how much help we can really expect. It also confirms, once again, the ugly truth behind the self-righteous gabble the Mexicans always serve up to Americans about immigration. The truth is that the Mexican government and ruling class, unable to provide a decent economy or government for their own citizens, welcome getting rid of them by encouraging them to leave. Indeed, so eager are the Mexican oligarchs to cleanse themselves of their own poor that they’re now willing to hand out survival kits to make sure they get out and stay out.

“We are not going to close our eyes,” the Mexican’s survival czar, a munchkin named Juan Hernandez, head of the Office for Mexicans Abroad, piously told the press. “We have individuals who are dying at the border. This office was created specifically to watch out for their needs.” If Señor Hernandez and his comrades in the Mexican state really didn’t close their eyes, they might do something to control the exodus of their own people out of their country into ours, at the risk of their lives. What kind of government is it anyway, that has to have a special bureaucracy to deal with its own nationals living outside its own borders?

But of course the Mexicans don’t consider moving to the United States to be leaving Mexico. Since they claim we stole their territory in the Mexican war, they think they’re simply moving to another part of their own country when they swarm over the Rio Grande and occupy entire cities and states. If the swarm continues, survival kits or no, they’ll be right: This will be their country.

Nevertheless, the survival kits came too late to help the 14 Mexicans who died in the desert after illegally crossing the border with Arizona. It might be noted that it was U.S. Border Patrol helicopters and four-wheel-drive vehicles that searched for and tried to save more, not the Mexicans. The death of the 14 gives the Mexican government yet another chance to strut about American “refusal” to take however many people Mexico wants to dump, but if Mexico did anything whatever to reduce the emigration from its side, neither these 14 nor the hundreds of other casualties every year would die.

The survival kits, however, are only part of the package. The kits are part of a larger program to instruct illegals in what to expect once they sneak into the United States alive, and the pre-sneak training sessions include “tips on maintaining self-esteem and on Asian meditation techniques to combat depression, stress and anxiety in a country they have entered illegally and without speaking the language,” The Orange County Register reports.

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t think the program is a swell idea. Gloria Chavez of the U.S. Border Patrol says it sounds like a good idea because “our mission is to prevent deaths.” Actually, her agency’s mission is to prevent illegal aliens, but even her boss seems not to grasp that. Visiting Mexico the same week the survival kit program was announced, Attorney General John Ashcroft beamed, “Our first priority is border safety.”

No one wants Mexicans to die of heat and exposure in the Southwestern deserts, but providing them with survival kits and making it clear to them that their own government wants them to emigrate only encourages more to leave, more to come here and more for whom the survival kits and the Asian meditation techniques won’t work and who will die in the deserts anyway. The brutality of the Mexican plan is transparent to anyone who thinks it through. Yet another ugly truth is that although the Mexican government probably has thought it through, there seems to be no one in authority in our government who has thought about it at all.

• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Immigration, Mexico 
Sam Francis
About Sam Francis

Dr. Samuel T. Francis (1947-2005) was a leading paleoconservative columnist and intellectual theorist, serving as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan and as an editorial writer, columnist, and editor at The Washington Times. He received the Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in both 1989 and 1990, while being a finalist for the National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for Editorial Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation those same years. His undergraduate education was at Johns Hopkins and he later earned his Ph.D. in modern history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His books include The Soviet Strategy of Terror(1981, rev.1985), Power and History: The Political Thought of James Burnham (1984); Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism (1993); Revolution from the Middle: Essays and Articles from Chronicles, 1989–1996 (1997); and Thinkers of Our Time: James Burnham (1999). His published articles or reviews appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, National Review, The Spectator (London), The New American, The Occidental Quarterly, and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, of which he was political editor and for which he wrote a monthly column, “Principalities and Powers.”