Mexico`s Multiple Messages: Arrogant – And Desperate
Since late November, the Mexican government,
Consulate Offices in the U.S., has planted
the exact same Op-ed, give or take a comma or
two, into at least 17 major U.S. dailies.
Here is the line-up:
- November 24,
- November 25,
San Francisco Chronicle
- December 3, El Paso Times
(Letter to the Editor)
- December 4,
Ventura County Star
- December 4,
San Diego Union Tribune
- December 8, San Antonio
- December 9,
- December 9, Atlanta Journal
- December 9,
- December 11,
- December 14,
- December 14, Dallas Morning
News (Letter to the Editor)
- December 15,
Kansas City Star
- December 15, Riverside
- December 15,
Salt Lake City Tribune
- December 17,
- December 20,
These editorials were clearly written by the same
person and distributed to the Consulate offices for
submission to the local paper. The wording is changed
here and there. But the message is the same.
According to these Op-eds, and using all of their
euphemisms, George W. Bush and Vicente Fox were
working closely on a joint initiative recognizing that
migratory reform is essential to the mutual benefit of
both countries. OK, the tragedy of 9/11
derailed those important bilateral talks. But now
let`s get back to the pressing business of what`s
important to Mexico.
Continuing, the Op-eds insist that regularizing the
status of Mexican workers is a key component for U.S.
national security. If only Mexicans could have their
status adjusted, then the U.S. authorities will know
exactly who is where.
Terrorists will have no place to hide.
The Op-eds further opine that
legalization is the only fair, just and humane thing
for the U.S. to do. After all, our economy is dependent
on the hard work of Mexicans who come north to make a
better life for their families, undocumented workers
must be allowed to come out of the shadows, etc. etc.
Finally, at least one Op-Ed notes, we have the word
Cato Institute that
of Mexican migration would drain a large part of the
underground swamp that facilitates illegal immigration.”
of Cato report]
(No elaboration provided.)
The bad news for
Mexico`s masters, the overwhelming percentage of
American newspaper readers
recognizes drivel when they read it. According to a
new Center for Immigration Studies report titled
“Elite Vs. Public Opinion: An Examination of
Divergent Views on Immigration” by Roy Beck,
Executive Director of NumbersUSA Education and Research
Foundation and Dr. Steven Camarota, C.I.S. Director of
Research, 60% of the public view immigration as “a
critical threat to the interests of the U.S.” – as
opposed to only 14% of the elites.
The good news for Mexico is that the “elites.” as
defined by the report, include
journalists. That means you`ll be reading more Op-Eds
as Mexico continues to apply heavy pressure for its
And you`ll be witness to the endless gullibility of
President Bush when it comes to matters Mexican.
The latest is the “preliminary talks” to add tens of
thousands of Mexicans onto our
social security rolls and thereby add hundreds of
millions of dollars in payouts. Never mind that
social security is teetering on the
brink. Hey, Mexico can`t get an official amnesty so
it wants this as recompense. Let the talks begin!
The Bush-Fox relationship reminds me of a romance
gone sour. Amnesty and
pandering to Mexico may have looked lucrative to
Bush at one time. Now things are different. The U.S. is
in no position economically or politically to cave in to
every Mexican demand. What Bush should say to Fox is
“Buzz off. We`re not giving you jack.”
Otherwise, the heat will stay on – because Mexico is
in deep trouble.
Over the last two years dozens of Mexican factories
have shut down and moved to
China. Mexican exports to the U.S. fell by 3.4% last
year. Now, while Mexico is still wringing its hands over
losing out in the American consumer market to China, an
even harsher blow is about to strike. Under the terms of
North American Free Trade Agreement, on January 1,
tariffs on almost all agricultural imports from the U.S.
will end. The New York Times
reports (“NAFTA To Open Floodgates, Engulfing Rural
Mexico,” by Ginger Thompson, December 19, 2002) that the
pending deadline has millions of small farmers
considering giving up their plots and heading north.
If millions of impoverished farmers are indeed headed
to the U.S., now would be an excellent time for Bush to
make clear that Mexico`s problems are Mexico`s.
We have plenty of our own.
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.