I often ask you: Are we a sovereign nation or a sanctuary nation?
I often remind you: It’s your choice.
You can choose to get involved in immigration enforcement efforts in your backyard. Or you can choose to do nothing and allow the sanctuary brigade to have its way.
A lot of media attention has been paid to the veteran who ripped down a Mexican flag. I prefer to focus on the efforts of people fighting the unglamorous fight in the trenches to ensure that criminal illegal aliens are not turned loose, that employer sanctions are enforced, that Congress does not pile on more illegal alien incentives, and that the plethora of immigration laws already on the books are enforced.
Fighting for sovereignty is much more than just a battle over symbols.
The Mexican government is giving its consulates in the U.S. wide latitude to ramp up a campaign to toughen their defense of immigrants and plans to give them more resources as well, officials familiar with the strategy said.
The move comes as deportations reach an all-time high in the toughest crackdown in decades by the U.S. government and police authorities.
Among the actions under discussion are the creation of an anti-defamation league similar to that focused on protecting Jews; budget increases for some of the 47 consulates, especially in regions such as North Texas, where Mexican migration has been swift and plentiful; and a media campaign aimed at counteracting groups opposed to illegal immigration and sometimes legal immigration.
The effort underscores the tension in U.S. communities grappling with problems created by illegal immigration. And it is sure to further incense groups demanding a crackdown on immigration, both legal and illegal.
“Our fight is no longer inside the Beltway,” said one senior Mexican official, who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity. “We have been forced to change our strategy.”
… Nearly two dozen U.S.-based immigrant leaders, including North Texans, flew to Mexico City recently to meet with senior officials of the Foreign Ministry and the Interior Ministry to discuss the strategy. The Foreign Ministry and its Institute for Mexicans Abroad, or IME, is carrying out the government’s plan.
Mario Ramírez, a Dallas businessman and Mexican immigrant who attended the meeting, said he knows his loyalty to the U.S., as a naturalized citizen, will be questioned.
But “as descendants of Mexicans and citizens of the United States, we feel it is our responsibility to create bridges of understanding because the anti-Mexican mood in the United States is causing us – and both countries – much harm,” he said. “What do we have to lose anymore? We’ve been beaten up to the point that all we can do is fight back. … Things will get worse before they get better.”
Foreign Ministry officials called the meeting part of a strategy by President Felipe Calderón to “reinforce consultations and communications with organizations dedicated to the defense of the rights of migrants.”
The Mexican consulates are well-funded, well-organized, and everywhere. Thanks to their influence, the Bush White House ignored homeland security warnings about the illegal alien Mexican matricula consular cards and allowed the phony baloney cards to proliferate as Treasury Department-approved ID. Mexican consular meddling has dangerously hampered border enforcement. Heather Mac Donald has reported exhaustively on the Mexican government’s growing power and influence in working to sabotage immigration enforcement efforts.
You can yank one Mexican flag down. But it’s an empty victory without the sustained energy and will to work within the law, and for the law, and hold our government accountable for its immigration enforcement failures.
Mexico is doing the job the American government won’t do: Putting its people first. If Washington won’t look after our interests, we have to take control in our own neighborhoods, counties, and states. That was the lesson of the summer that the Newark murders should have taught us.
The Newark Effect is taking hold in some areas:
In Pennsylvania, state lawmakers–invoking Article IV, Section IV of the Constitution, have introduced an illegal immigration reform package, National Security Begins at Hom e, to address threats posed by illegals to national security and personal safety.
In Benton County, Arkansas, local officials have signed onto the 287(g) program, the cooperative arrangement with ICE to train law enforcement in immigration/detention procedures.
The sheriff in King George, Va., is also on board.
So’s the governor of Kentucky.
And the governor of Missouri.
And law enforcement officials in Beaufort County, SC.
These efforts don’t make it onto the nightly news.
But if the war with the open-borders meddlers is to be won, it will be on these battlefields…not on the drive-by, cable TV shoutfests.