With the U.S. invasion of Iraq completed, it now seems to be time for the Bush administration to get on with the Mexican invasion of the United States.
Last week Arizona Sen. John McCain announced that he favored an amnesty for Mexicans already living and working (illegally) in this country, and Secretary of State Colin Powell brought up the rear later by telling reporters that the White House still wants an "immigration agreement with Mexico," as the Bushites now call their amnesty plan.
Both gentlemen accompanied their statements with comments betraying profound ignorance about the realities of immigration.
Mr. McCain remarked that "It is not appropriate for us to seek revenge against people who may have disagreed with us," referring to Mexican President Vicente Fox's refusal to support the war with Iraq. Secretary Powell unbosomed the insight that "this precious population of Mexican citizens" is "making a positive contribution to our economy, and doing a lot for themselves and doing a lot for the American people."
Not adopting an amnesty program is hardly an act of "revenge" against Mexico. But it's interesting that the Arizona senator seems to be more concerned about being friendly with that country than with protecting his own constituents - who have been so harassed by the illegal immigrant invasion that some have started their own private round-ups of the aliens.
The swamping of Arizona has been going on for years. And not once has Mr. McCain uttered a single word demanding more effective federal enforcement of immigration laws.
Maybe his constituents should take revenge on Mr. McCain by booting him from office.
As for the "contributions" that Gen. Powell's "precious Mexican population" is making to this country, both he and the Arizona senator should take a look at what's going on with the masses of cheap immigrant labor that big agribusiness has imported (more exactly, smuggled) into California's San Joaquin Valley.
As the Los Angeles Times reported last month,
"The birthrates among teenagers in California's great rural swath are nearly double the state and national averages, and in some instances they surpass those of poor countries such as Namibia, Haiti and Cambodia, according to recent studies. The phenomenon is emerging as a key issue in this economically fragile region, rivaling air quality and transportation as major concerns, costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year and leaving generations of families in poverty."
The birthrates, especially among teenagers, are mainly among immigrants, and high illegitimacy isn't the only problem this precious population imports. [May 28, 2003, Troubling Boom in Babies, By Carla Rivera, also here]
"The San Joaquin Valley also has the highest levels of poverty in the state," the Times reported, "the lowest high school graduation rates and the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, all of which, researchers say, are linked to higher birthrates."
As the story explains, "The area is filled with Latino farm workers, along with large clusters of Hmong and Lao immigrants from Southeast Asia. Many of these households cling to cultural traditions where girls of 15 or 16 are considered marriageable," according to a local state health worker.
And you thought immigrants assimilate to American cultural traditions, as the Open Borders lobby keeps telling us to think.
In California's 16th District, the Public Health Institute found that the "the 2000 birthrate for teenage mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 was 94.8 births per 1,000, compared with the state and national rate of 48.5 per 1,000." The teenage birthrate in Namibia and Haiti in 1995 was 81 per 1,000 and in Cambodia, 71 per 1,000.
"The Public Health Institute report put the annual costs - including lost income, productivity and medical care - of teen births in California at $3.3 billion," including $192 million for that one district.
It would be comforting to think that what's happening in California—and eventually in the rest of the country as the alien hordes swarm over our borders after the amnesty the White House and Mr. McCain are booming—is merely the Third Worldization of America.
But, as these statistics suggest, in some respects the Third World—Haiti, Namibia, Cambodia—is well ahead of us.
And don't expect the constitutional government that is part of the American and Western heritage to last long either.
Professional politicians like Sen. McCain won't have to worry about such pesky distractions as angry constituents.
It will never occur to the masses of uneducated, impoverished, and diseased proletarians the precious immigrants are breeding to question what their new padrones tell them to do and think.
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[Sam Francis [email him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection of his columns, America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available from Americans For Immigration Control.]