["An Immigration Munich" – let VDARE hereby be the first to name what seems likely to be another Day That Will Live In Infamy: the upcoming February 16 U.S.-Mexico summit. The difference is that Munich allowed Britain to re-arm.]
It probably ought to tell us something that the first foreign leader to visit President George W. Bush was Jean Chrétien of Canada and that the first foreign leader whom President Bush will visit is Vicente Fox of Mexico. What it should tell us is that globalization - the same process that brought us NAFTA, the World Trade Organization and the European Union - is the first and most important morsel on Bush's foreign-policy menu.
The two visits tell us this because Canada and Mexico were the partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement and will have to be the main partners in any future program further diluting American sovereignty and forcing a shotgun marriage between the three nations. But if globalization has already brought us NAFTA, what the Bush diplomacy with Mexico is likely to bring us is simply more immigrants - which is one major meaning of globalization.
The president himself favors more immigration, as does virtually every member of his Cabinet, and President Fox has gone so far as to propose that the borders between the two countries be abolished so Mexicans and Americans may wander freely across each other's territories. Of course, Fox knows perfectly well that virtually no American will be emigrating to Mexico to find a job or go on welfare; the only people to benefit from abolishing the borders would be the immigrants who would flood into this country unchecked and Mexican elites who want to get rid of excess people for whom they care nothing and are willing to do nothing.
So, if everybody is in favor of more immigration from Mexico, we can expect that facilitating it will be a major issue of discussion between the two presidents.
Hardly anyone has bothered to notice that not everyone does favor more immigration. A Zogby poll conducted just last year shows that 72 percent of Americans want immigration reduced. But who cares what they think? We heard nothing about immigration during the recent election, and we hear nothing in opposition to it from the ruling elites of either country now.
Nor, in any of the diplomatic gabble exchanged so far, do we hear any suggestion from the Bush administration that Mexico do something to control the illegal immigration already flooding into this country and, in places like Arizona, devastating ranches and private property throughout the area.
Last week, as a walk-up to the Bush-Fox meeting on Feb. 16, Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda, and Castañeda did want to discuss illegal immigration. As he told the secretary, "There are too many Mexicans dying on the border — Mexicans who die of exposure, dehydration, starvation; some, unfortunately, who die as a result of hostile action on the part of some."
Guess who "some" is? The U.S. Border Patrol, of course.
So, in the very first meeting between the U.S. and Mexican governments, the latter essentially accused the United States of murder. What have we done to show that this is the kind of nonsense up with which we shall not put?
Well, with the administration's blessing, Congress is getting ready to drop the requirement that Mexican performance in fighting drug trafficking be annually assessed. Mexico doesn't like the requirement, you see.
Castañeda also made it clear that Mexico intends to continue to "strengthen ties of an economic, financial, touristical nature with Cuba," despite U.S. sanctions on Cuba and despite Castañeda's insistence that Mexican foreign policy will now emphasize "human rights" (which means complaining about alleged American mistreatment of Mexican immigrants, not communist repression in Cuba, let alone Mexican repression in Mexico).
The fact is that if Mexico really gave a hoot about the deaths of its own people trying to cross our borders illegally, it would do something to stop the flood out of its own territory. But it does almost nothing, and yells and screams "murder" when we try to do something by enforcing our own laws. In addition, there are reported incidents in which Mexican troops actually fired on U.S. Border patrol officers inside the United States.
The major impression left by Bush and Powell in the first weeks of the administration is that they will do nothing to demand that Mexico act like a responsible nation-state and a good neighbor - to clean up the drug corruption that pervades its society and government, to help us stop illegal migration from Mexico and save Mexican lives, and to keep the Castro regime isolated. All the administration really wants from Mexico is to keep those immigrants coming, to please the Big Business demand for cheap labor and to keep the powerful Hispanic voting bloc happy.
Who would want anything more? Well, how about 72 percent of the American public.
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February 09, 2001