Troops On The Border?

A tip of the hat to Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi,
the once and future Senate Majority Leader, who this
week endorsed putting U.S. soldiers on the border with
Mexico to protect the country against illegal immigrant

Mr. Lott is the highest ranking public office holder
yet to support that position, and precisely because he
is, others may follow

This is what leadership means.
[Alas, a VDARE.COM reader is more


The senator`s remarks were made in an


Fox News` Bill O`Reilly
, on Nov. 7.

"Why not back up the Border Patrol with military,
whether it`s National Guard or straight troops—why not
do it?"
Mr. O`Reilly asked.

"Well, I think we should do it," the senator

"Do you really? … You`re the first politician
I`ve heard
[say so]," Mr. O`Reilly said.

"Well, look," the senator explained. "Most
politicians run around worried about civil libertarians
and being sued by the ACLU. This is not only a porous
border in terms of illegal aliens. It`s also a porous
border in terms of crime and drugs."

The senator is entirely correct about that, of
course, and there`s every good reason to send in the
troops for those reasons alone.

But the fact is that a nation penetrated every year
by some 300,000 illegal aliens and in which some

11 million illegal aliens
live permanently is not a
nation experiencing "immigration." It is a nation
experiencing invasion and

— and that`s not counting the

legal immigrants

"More than 1.2 million legal and illegal
immigrants combined now settle in the United States each
" the Center for Immigration Studies

in January, 2001.

"The number of immigrants
living in the United States has more than tripled since
1970 …. By historical standards, the number of
immigrants living in the United States is unprecedented.
Even at the peak of the great wave of early 20th century
immigration, the number of immigrants living in the
United States was less than half what it is today."

The legal invasion is our own fault—because our own


allow the aliens to come and stay—but the

that Sen. Lott is talking about is only
partly our fault, which is what the senator wishes to


and even illegal aliens really are law
enforcement problems that should not

ordinarily be handled by the military.
Invasion is
another matter entirely—not simply one of law
enforcement but of national security. The federal
government under the

has the

to protect the states against

, and the military is the only public agency
capable of carrying out that duty.

President Bush says he`s

to putting

troops on the borde
r, though he at least seems to
have placed his idiotic idea of

for illegal aliens on the shelf for a while.
Prior to Sept. 11, 2001, he and the administration were
pushing amnesty, and Mexico`s

President Vicente Fox
is still hot for it, since it
would legalize millions of his own citizens

inside this country
and swell

Mexican political power
within our own borders

Even before Mr. Lott called for protecting the border
with troops, President Fox was threatening to mobilize
his Mexican millions to pressure the U.S. government for

"Disappointed by the lack of progress towards a
migration accord,"
the London Financial Times

the day after last week`s election
("migration accord" is the currently favored

for amnesty),

"Mexico is preparing to
launch its own campaign to convince U.S. legislators and
the public of the benefits of legalizing millions of
Mexican workers.

"Mexico`s government is
watching the results of tomorrow`s election closely and
will probably begin its efforts in January in key states
with large Latino populations: California, Texas,
Florida, Illinois and New York. There are 35 million
Latinos in the U.S., some two-thirds of whom are of
Mexican descent. It is hoping to repeat its success in
swaying public opinion in favor of the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
which took effect in 1994 and has led to an

of trade between the countries."

Even without amnesty, then, Mexico is already a major
player in

American politics,
precisely because of its huge
population inside our borders. Legalizing the remaining
millions who are here illegally would only multiply its
power and encourage millions of others to come, legally
or not.

Amnesty and protecting our borders are two different
issues, but they`re not unrelated. By putting troops on
the border, the president would not only halt the
invasion but also tell the Mexican government that

it to stay within its

own borders
and mind its

own business.

With President Fox brazenly threatening to use his
own population as a political blackjack to force his
wishes on this country, it`s well past time for our
government to tell him so.

[A selection
of Sam Francis` columns,
Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The Disintegration
Of American Culture, is now available from
Americans For Immigration Control.]


November 14, 2002