What a difference a new president makes! When they were both presidents of their respective countries, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) openly complimented U.S. President Donald J. Trump, never spoke an ill word of him, and helped reduce Central American “migrants” using Mexico as a corridor. Better yet, he didn’t meddle in U.S. politics. But now that Joe Biden is president, AMLO is reverting to Mexico’s old ways—the Meddling Model so beloved of other Mexican presidents.
True, AMLO has agreed to Biden’s recent reversion to a form of Remain in Mexico, the Trump-era policy that kept so-called asylum seekers on the other side of the border while U.S. officials heard their cases. Recently, AMLO even said that “it’s a program that is going to continue permitting us to take care of the migrants” [Conferencia de prensa del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador del 10 de diciembre de 2021 (“Press Conference of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of December 10, 2021”), Gob.mx, December 10, 2021].
Yet while Mexico continues to detain some illegal aliens passing through its territory, which is good for us, the Open Borders Biden Regime’s push for an Amnesty has provoked AMLO to meddle in U.S. politics on behalf of Mexican illegals here. As VDARE.com readers know, Mexican officials have long considered all Americans of Mexican ancestry to be Mexicans.
This is very dangerous with Biden in command. He can be expected to capitulate. As well, Republican leaders seem totally oblivious to Mexican meddling. For example, Republican Governor Kevin Stitt, in the Red State of Oklahoma, eagerly awaits a new Mexican consulate in his state.
Concerning Amnesty, here’s a report of AMLO recently in the border town of Tijuana:
From Tijuana, the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent an embrace to the paisanos [the fellow countrymen] who live in the United States and reiterated his appreciation for the great help the sending of remittances represents.
[México mantiene apoyo a iniciativa de regularizar 11 millones de migrantes en EU: presidente AMLO (“Mexico maintains support to the proposal to regularize 11 million migrants in the United States: President AMLO”), Gob.mx, December 11, 2021]
But AMLO understands a new sheriff is in town, President Biden, and he isn’t very much like the old one, meaning Donaldus Magnus. So he said:
[I]t is now very clear: We don’t want mistreatment of the Mexicans who are in the United States nor do we want a lack of respect toward Mexico.
That’s funny. During the previous U.S. administration, AMLO said Trump respected Mexico. Now that an Open Borders president is in office, suddenly AMLO’s warning us about American disrespect for his country!
At his presser on December 15, AMLO really got going. A discussion of migration segued into Mexican-Guatemalan relations:
[W]e have a good relationship. And … we are going to follow … and take advantage of the initiative of President Biden to regularize the situation of the migrants. He made an offer to regularize 11 million migrants, the majority Mexican, our fellow countrymen.
[Conferencia de prensa del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador del 15 de diciembre de 2021 (“Press Conference of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of December 15, 2021”), Gob.mx, December 15, 2021]
“Take advantage?” That sounds ominous.
AMLO said that the U.S. defends its sovereignty (would that it were so!) and that Mexico would also defend its sovereignty.
[I]n the case of migration, we are also going to speak out at this time. We are almost able to say to them that if a party … votes against the regularization of our fellow Mexicans, then we are going to protest so that our fellow Mexicans don’t support that party, because it can’t be supported if it is against Mexicans and against Mexico. …
If the two parties support this [Amnesty], then the citizens support both. If neither of the parties support it, then we have to say to our fellow Mexicans, What good is it if we are not taken into account, if we are not respected?
Note what the Mexican president said. If an American political party opposes Amnesty, the Mexican government will tell “our fellow Mexicans” in the United States to vote against that party, because to be anti-Amnesty is to be anti-Mexican.
And we all know—AMLO knows—which party he’s talking about: the GOP. If it opposes Amnesty, AMLO will tell Mexicans to vote for Democrats.
Not that the GOP notices. Republicans haven’t taken Mexican meddling seriously before this, and they don’t take it seriously now. Again, look at Oklahoma’s Stitt.
How serious is AMLO about fortifying Mexican political power in the U.S.? Interestingly, he said Cuban influence in U.S. politics is outsized relative to their numbers. AMLO thinks that’s unfair and he doesn’t like it. So he threw his Hispanic co-ethnics from Castroland under the bus:
It’s neither new nor strange. There are 4 million Cuban brethren in the United States. There are 38 million Mexicans, our paisanos [fellow Mexicans]. But the 4 million Cuban brethren have representatives, senators, governors and much influence.
Actually, no Cuban-American has become a governor, and 10 Mexican-Americans have. But the point is that AMLO thinks Cuban-American political power, relative to that of Mexican-American, is unjust.
AMLO ranted briefly about the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, which he says is “inhumane” and “a flagrant violation of human rights,” but he attributed the policy to “the political power of the 4 million persons of Cuban origin who live and work in the United States and their leaders.”
Yet even his knock at the Cubans is consistent with his remarks about Amnesty, and that Mexican-Americans should punish politicians who oppose it.
He sees neither Cuban-Americans nor Mexican-Americans as Americans with American interests. Instead he sees Cubans and Mexicans in America pursuing their own interests, in competition with each other and with every other group…including (ahem!) Americans.
Bottom line: presidential leadership in this country makes a difference. It even influences the president of Mexico. Though friendly and cooperative with Trump in office, with Biden in office AMLO is very clear and outspoken about his intention to maximize the influence of Mexicans in this country over public policy and electoral politics.
That's not surprising.
But it’s time for immigration patriots and the Historic American Nation to wake up.
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; his US Inc blog items are here, and his website is here.