The Fulford File, By James Fulford

Ford-ing The Rio Grande; etc.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a Mexican-American vice-president of the Ford Motor Company has acquired dual citizenship and he is endorsing the Matricula Consular card—one of which he now has, himself, although he's technically still an American citizen.

"Ford Motor Co. Executive Vice President James Padilla became one of Detroit's most prominent Mexican citizens Friday, receiving his citizenship and the controversial Matricula Consular identification card.

"…Padilla acknowledges the card is used by some undocumented Mexicans to stay in the United States illegally. But he points to the hundreds of thousands of Mexicans across the country and in Michigan who are here legally and work and pay taxes and who can benefit from the consular ID cards.

"'I've lived overseas and I know, to get integrated into a new society, you have to have ID in that society,' said Padilla, a Detroit native who now has dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico. " [Ford Vice President Acquires Mexican Citizenship, Id Card , December 6, 2003, By Alejandro Bodipo-Memba]

Of course, legal immigrants have ID. The only reason for a Mexican citizen in the United States to have a matricula is because he doesn't have a Green Card.

Possession of Matricula Consular is evidence that the bearer is an illegal alien.

The Green Card is a secure document (with a photo) issued by the hard-to-corrupt bureaucracy of the United States Government.  

The Matricula is an insecure document issued by the for-sale-cheap bureaucracy of the Mexican Government, which is complicit in Mexican illegal immigration to the United States.

African-American talk-show host Terry Anderson has a matricula with his picture on it. He bought it for a small sum in cash from a man on the street. When he was on a radio show with a Mexican Consul he said "If this is a secure document, how come I have one?"

The Mexican Government issued a press release on the Padilla dual citizenship ceremony. (I wonder what you swear to, in this kind of ceremony. Is it called a Disloyalty Oath?) It says that

"Padilla, a Detroit native, will put the card to good use in his frequent travels to Mexico on business.  Padilla is proud of his Mexican heritage and is active in supporting the Mexican-Americans in Michigan and the United States.  He currently sits on the board of directors of his alma mater, the University of Detroit Mercy and has been influential in helping Mexican exchange students gain access to U.S. universities and college across the country."

Ordinarily, of course, the first thing that would come to mind when an executive at a major corporation backs illegal immigration is "cheap labor."

There, we're dealing with people whose loyalty to the corporation comes before their country.

In this case, I'd suggest that Mr. Padilla's loyalty to the "Mexican-Americans in Michigan and the United States" comes before both his loyalty to Ford—and his loyalty to the country where he was born.

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Look Who's More Loyal Than "Conservative Republicans"

Clayton Cramer noted in his weblog in September that

"Conservative Republicans [!] in Idaho are in the forefront of efforts to encourage illegal immigration, but there are elected officials here who think this is a serious mistake."

He quoted a statement by one such official:

"I am accusing Larry Craig, Mike Crapo, Butch Otter, and Mike Simpson of collaborating with the unarmed enemy invading America. All for a vote to stay in office.

"Gentlemen, your constituents come first. You have traded your nation for another term in office. I will not. I will fight them on medical care costs, I will fight them on driver´s licenses, and I will oppose them on their legal status without some sacrifice to America on their part. Call me to join me."

And then Cramer went on to say:

"So who is this official willing to take on the juggernaut of encouraging illegal immigration? Some neo-Nazi? No. Robert Vasquez. The conflict isn't about race or ethnicity; it's about whether "illegal" means anything or not."

A Reminder That The Illegal Immigration Squabble Isn't a White vs. Hispanic Dispute

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Hanson Speech: Two Points

Victor Davis (Mexifornia) Hanson gave a speech at Hillsdale College in November, in which a couple of points are worth noting. He said:

"We try all sorts of bromides, including an alternate legal universe that is sometimes tougher on citizens than illegal immigrants. Unbelievably, California extends in-state tuition discounts to resident illegal immigrants, even as it charges nearly triple the in-state amount for American citizens from Arizona, Nevada and other states."

Sounds like illegal discrimination to me. Hanson went on:

"We now ponder honoring identification documents from Mexico (alone of foreign countries) as legal American identification, even as we read of endemic corruption among police and bureaucrats across the border. In response, aliens from myriad other countries now demand that their own foreign IDs be honored, and the other 49 states of the Union are not so sure they should accept California driver's licenses, given how promiscuously they are granted, at intrastate security check points."

Most Americans take for granted the fact that they have a right to travel from one state to another without being subjected to ID checks.

But that right is now being threatened, by the same people who want to legalize illegals.

Which, amazingly, includes Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge. He has just told a Florida audience that he wants to legalize "undocumented workers."

It seems that the main problem the Homeland Security chief sees in the millions of "undocumented" is that they are literally not carrying Homeland Security-approved documents, rather than that they're in the US illegally, and might pose a threat.

This is the opposite of "protecting the homeland."

Perhaps when Ridge retires, he can get a job with the Wall Street Journal.

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