One result of Sept. 11 itself was that amnesty had to be put on the backburner, so to speak, while the Bush administration pretended to do something serious about terrorism. Now, however, Mexico's President Vicente Fox is badgering the president to get back to serious business and resume plans for amnesty.
Amnesty, however is only one tamale on El Presidente's platter, and not only amnesty but also the other tamales all are part of a power-hungry banquet ultimately leading the Mexican president to the biggest enchilada of all — the political as well as the demographic colonization of the United States or at least of its Southwestern regions.
Last month Mr. Fox abruptly canceled a scheduled meeting with President Bush because the state of Texas, contrary to Mr. Fox's demands, executed a duly convicted and sentenced (and indeed self-confessed) Mexican murderer.
The grounds for Fox's objection to the execution were that the killer was supposedly denied his
"right to help from his government when he was arrested in 1988."
The more important reason is that, by standing up for the millions of criminals and potential criminals that Mexico annually exports to this country and claiming to have some sort of legal right to do so, the Mexican government advances the idea that it has legitimate authority within our own boundaries.
But however angry Mr. Fox may have been with Mr. Bush for not halting an execution over which he has no constitutional control, he was not so upset that he didn't lobby California's governor in favor of some state legislation a few days later.
The legislation is a bill to allow Mexican immigrants in the state to apply for driver's licenses. In a phone call to California Gov. Gray Davis, Mr. Fox
"reiterated the importance that the Mexican government and Mexican residents of California attach to the initiative. Given the importance of a driver's license for thousands of Mexicans in California,"
an official Mexican statement said, the governor and the president
"agreed to work together to find a way for the measure to be implemented as soon as possible."
You can just bet your tacos they did. Mr. Davis, facing re- election, needs to buck the demands of the Mexican president and those of "thousands of Mexicans in California" like he needs a cucaracha in his guacamole.
It's true that the limp campaign of his challenger, Bill Simon, is running well behind Mr. Davis in the polls and is saddled with a corporate scandal to boot. But no politician in the middle of a re-election campaign is going to snub his nose at an issue important to voters.
Letting illegal immigrants get driver's licenses, of course, will only further legitimize them as permanent residents of the state (and the nation) and provide them with useful documentation through which they can get other legitimizing documents.
It will also help them get jobs as truck drivers that otherwise would go to Americans.
And, by helping to make sure that Mexicans already inside the state get their drivers's licenses, Mr. Fox is making sure they know who helped them. The Mexicans in California will be both Americans and Mexicans, and as such they can create massive political pressures on the state and this country to advance the interests of Mexico.
That's what is meant by "colonization."
As for Mr. Simon, after pandering to Hispanics for most of the campaign and repudiating an early pledge to consider sponsoring another ballot measure similar to Proposition 187 of 1994, which denied welfare benefits to illegal aliens and passed by nearly 60 percent, he is flopping even among Hispanic voters. A poll in early August showed Mr. Simon with a miserable 21 percent of the Hispanic vote and Mr. Davis with 55 percent.
The election isn't over, of course, but it looks like yet another colossal flop for the grand strategy of the Open Borders lobby to win the Hispanic vote by abandoning immigration control and all measures connected to it.
After blaming every Republican defeat in the state on the bitter legacy of Prop 187, the Open Borders lobby is now locked into a candidate whose Hispanic support is exactly the same as what Bob Dole and Gov. Davis' first gubernatorial opponent Dan Lungren in 1998 won in the state in 1996 and 1998.
The lessons ought to be clear:
Lesson Two is that the only way to stop this is not by pandering to Hispanics - offering amnesty to illegal aliens and abandoning immigration control - but to stop all immigration now.