At a recent conference in Mexico City for the (overwhelmingly white) Mexican diplomatic corps, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgray (above) openly declared his government’s intention to use its power to interfere on behalf of Mexicans on American soil and to interfere in American politics. This open manipulation dwarfs any hypothetical Russian meddling in American affairs.
Foreign Minister Videgaray proclaimed:
Without a doubt, one of the most important priorities in the relations with North America, not only is the relationship with the governments [of the U.S. and Canada], but the protection of Mexicans abroad, particularly those who are in the United States. There are almost twelve million Mexicans and a good part of them do not necessarily have a regular migratory status.The reference to Mexicans not “necessarily [having] a regular migratory status” is a diplomatic way of saying they are illegals. And while Videgaray admitted America has “an absolute right to determine its own migratory policy,” he also asserted “Nevertheless, it must also be recognized that the government of Mexico has a legal and moral obligation to defend the Mexicans wherever they are in the world.”
[El Canciller Luis Videgaray inaugura la XXIX Reunión de Embajadores y Cónsules. “Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray inaugurates the 29th Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls,” SRE (Mexican Foreign Ministry), January 8, 2018].
Videgaray championed his government’s increased investment in institutions which will defend the interests of “Mexicans wherever they are in the world”—meaning, of course, in the United States. He stated:
I wish to thank and recognize the impulse that was born in the [Mexican] Congress and the support of the President of the Republic, Enrique Pena Nieto, to expand the budget capabilities of the SRE (Mexican Foreign Ministry), particularly of the consulates, of the 50 consulates that we have abroad, to offer timely services in matters of legal advice and legal defense of the Mexicans who have needed it.Mexico has embassies in 80 countries, including Cuba. It has just 17 consulates outside the United States and 50 within it, including one in Puerto Rico, meaning there are more Mexican consulates in the United States than in the rest of the world put together.
These institutions, as Videgaray quite openly stated, are intended to interfere with the American legal system on behalf of Mexicans:
We have established Centros de Defensoría (Advocacy Centers) which will continue functioning during all of 2018. We have now given advice to more than 580,000 persons and have attended to concrete cases of legal counsel and representation to more than 29,000 fellow Mexicans.Thus, there are millions of Mexicans getting advice about how to evade American law.
I don’t blame Mexico—I blame us for letting it happen. Videgaray continued:
We have established modules of financial and patrimony protection orientation that are now functioning, and the Centro de Información y Asistencia a los Mexicanos is now working 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.This Centro de Información y Asistencia a los Mexicanos (CIAM) is a service available 24/7 to help Mexicans in the U.S., regardless of legal status, with a phone number, app and informative website. There is even a catchy theme song which assures listeners that CIAM is there for Mexicans, and that con o sin papeles, tenemos derechos [“with or without papers, we have rights”].
Videgaray went on:
This has been an exciting task, a task which has shown the best of Mexican diplomacy in defense of ours and I want here to thank and recognize the work of all the consulates, of the 50 female and male consuls in the United States, and of the teams that have been working extra hours, seven days a week, and who have gone much beyond what is strictly demanded. Thank you for what you have done and what you will continue doing in 2018.Yet it is not just the Mexican government doing this work. As the Foreign Minister openly said, many American elected officials and NGOs are colluding with them in undermining American law:
This task we carry out hand in hand with many organizations of American civil society and offices of delegados [could be translated as “legislators” or “congressmen”] who generously work together with us.Videgaray even uses the term “collaboration”:
We have 370 collaboration agreements in the distinct regions of the United States to carry out this task which manifests itself in each successful case.Contrast the indifference of America’s elected officials to Mexico’s interference to the rhetoric surrounding Russia. Republicans, such as Senator James Lankford from my state of Oklahoma (contact him here), are supposedly concerned Russian Internet trolls have been stoking the controversy over the NFL and the national anthem. But Lankford is eager to assist foreign nationals occupying our own soil when it comes to Latin Americans.
The Mexican government and its vast diplomatic network openly meddles in U.S. immigration policy. The Mexican government openly seeks to gain influence over American citizens of Mexican ancestry. Shouldn’t our leaders be concerned about that? At the very least, shouldn’t Republicans from the so-called “Red States” be concerned that their constituents’ influence is being swamped?
It’s as if Americans don’t take Mexico seriously as a real nation, with real interests, and a real government that can advance its interests.
No wonder Mexico is able to take advantage of us so easily.
Until our leaders are forced to take action, the Mexican government will continue to use its foreign nationals as a tool for its own purposes.
And while the American Main Stream Media tells us the so-called DREAMers consider America “the only country they’ve ever known,” DREAMers themselves, and the Mexican government, certainly know better.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.