Bush And Mexico: The End Of The Affair

Less than two years ago

Presidents Vicente Fox

George W. Bush

billing and cooing
on the White House

front lawn
. All but

holding hands
, the two leaders promised
“migratory accords that would benefit both
Mexico and the U.S.”

Today, Fox and Bush are

—at least formally. But they`re still carrying
on in a tawdry, back alley sort of way.

What`s different since the two left the limelight?

For one thing, everyone in Mexico has their dander up.
I wonder what Bush, who routinely referred to Mexico as
the U.S.`s

best friend
, thinks of National Action Party (P.A.N.)
Congressman Felipe Calderon Hinojosa`s movement to delete
the words “United” and “States” out of Mexico`s official
name, the United Mexican States. (“Trying
to Put Mexico First, With No U.S. in the Way”
, by Tim
Weiner, New York Times, January 26t,

Said Calderon, “People forget that the official
name is the United Mexican States. And when they
remember, a great sinking feeling, a great restlessness
washes over them.”

Ignacio Burgoa Orihuela, Mexico`s leading
constitutional scholar,

says that
to include “United” and “States” as part of
Mexico is “fawning” and “wrong.”

And in an extraordinary statement, chemist Regina
Solis said “the U.S. invades us more and more in our
daily lives. The government… should be working to save
our culture, our customs, our identity.”

What a familiar ring!

Judging by the statements of Calderson, Orihuela and
Solis, Mexico must be smoking mad not to have gotten that
“migratory accord.”

As for our two star-crossed presidents, Fox is
embarrassed that, officially at least, he accomplished

none of the things
that he promised Mexico.

And it is quite possible that Bush wishes he had never
heard Fox`s name. Bush`s Mexican agenda has cost him
hundreds of thousands of

loyal Republican
votes that he will need badly come
November 2004.

While 9/11 was a major factor in killing amnesty, Fox
and Bush—and their lieutenants

Jorge Castañeda

Karl Rove
—made a series of strategic errors and
miscalculations that doomed their lofty plans from the

Apparently unbeknownst to Bush and Rove,
immigration—especially illegal immigration from
Mexico—had reached the simmering point among Americans
during the 1990s. During the decade, as American`s looked
around their neighborhoods, they noticed a dramatic
demographic shift.

Suddenly, schools and other public facilities were


And when the Census 2000 results

the gigantic percentage increases in
Hispanic residents, people everywhere said, “I knew it!”
 {See Center for Immigration Studies,

“The New Ellis Island: Examining Non-Traditional Areas of
Immigrant Settlement in the 1990s.”

As the nation changed before our very eyes, the timing
for amnesty could not have been worse. But

Juan Hernandez,
Fox-appointed director of the
Presidential Office For Mexicans Abroad, made multiple
trips throughout the U.S. demanding

“the whole enchilada.”
  Mexican expectations grew;
Americans felt betrayed.

Late in the summer of 2001 Fox, fluent in English,
addressed the U.S. Congress in

an arrogant and stupid ploy.

Bush encouraged Fox by hosting a state dinner in
September 2001. At the evening`s end, the White House set
off enough

to illuminate all of Virginia.

Viva Mexico! Viva Fox!

Only weeks after 9/11, Hernandez declared that the
tragedy was only a “diversion” and a “detour” to Mexican
amnesty. Every time Hernandez opened his mouth, American
ire rose.

The road Bush and Fox charted for themselves had
plenty of other bumps. Americans noticed two
well-publicized nose-thumbings:

  • In

    October 2002
    , Mexico defaulted on a 1944
    water-sharing treaty and now owes the United States
    about 1.5 million acre-feet of water. Rio Grande Valley
    farmers are incensed about Mexico`s failure to comply
    with a 1944 water-sharing treaty.

  • Fox

    got huffy
    and cancelled a trip to Bush`s Crawford
    ranch after Texas executed convicted killer Javier
    Suarez Medina. When it comes to cop killers, Fox wants

    both ways
    : free Mexican nationals who commit
    violent crime in the US but refuse to

    extradite Mexicans
    who seek safe haven after
    killing U.S. law enforcement officers. (Fox`s snubbing
    served as a precursor to Mexico`s recent successful
    appeal to the

    International Court of Justice
    to postpone the
    executions of 51 Mexicans on death row.)
    Fox was to have received the

    “International Crime Fighter of the Year”
    from the Greater Dallas Crime Commission for his
    efforts at fighting crime in

    Mexico. He
    cancelled the trip to protest the execution of a
    Mexican citizen who had murdered a police officer in

Bush still doesn`t see how his lax approach with
Mexico will haunt him at the polls. Bush and Fox aren`t
on the front page anymore. But Bush continues to lie down
for Mexico.

However, I believe that Bush isn`t fooling anyone. He
may think America is focused on Iraq. But he is wrong.

Here are a few things everyone in the country has
caught onto: 

  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
     which requires hospitals to treat anyone needing
    medical attention including impoverished illegal
    aliens. Mexican ambulance drivers transport critical
    cases to U.S. border states – where many emergency
    rooms have shut down and others are teetering on the

Bush`s bravado about Iraq
doesn`t compensate for his unwillingness to come to grips
with Mexico.

Until Bush learns what the rest of us know so
well—that when it comes to Mexico,

nothing is ever enough
—the suspicion will remain that
his middle initial really stands for “Wimp.”

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.