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While President Bush was
explaining why Americans must export
democracy to the rest of the planet last week,
President Vicente Fox was practicing his own version
of democracy inside the United States.
Virtually unreported in the national media, Mr. Fox`s
brazen lobbying of American elected leaders to advance
his own agenda for
amnesty of illegal Mexican aliens comes very close
to constituting an act of aggression.
In the first week of November, Mr. Fox arrived in
this country to busy himself with visits to three
southwestern states and their
Texas. His business in these states was to put
pressure on their political leaders for amnesty.
Then, after being wined and dined by the submissive
governors and lawmakers, Mr. Fox proceeded to
harangue the aliens in New Mexico to push for amnesty
There are a couple of little problems here. The most
obvious is that the head of state of a foreign
government, which is about to enter
negotiations with the United States over the issue
of immigration, is actively and openly seeking to apply
political pressures within this country to influence
both the negotiations and the
internal politics of the nation. Back in the Cold
War, when foreign nations did this sort of thing, it was
and foreign agents who engaged in it were either
kicked out or
Then there is yet another little problem. The U.S.
Constitution explicitly states (Article
I, section 10), "No state shall enter into any
treaty, alliance, or confederation." OK, no state
has, but the point of the constitutional language is to
prevent states from conducting
their own foreign policies and reserve to the
federal government—rightly—the authority to conduct
relations with foreign countries.
Merely by meeting with the president of Mexico, the
southwestern governors violated at least the spirit of
the Constitution. The president of the United States
ought to have something to say about this, but he
Then there is a third problem, perhaps the most
serious of all, in what Mr. Fox has been doing and what
the governors, lawmakers and the Bush administration
have let him get away with.
It is the pretense of the
Mexican government, at least slyly and covertly,
that the territory of the states Mr. Fox visited this
really belong to Mexico, that the United States
stole the territory during the
Mexican-American War in 1848. Today, the
millions of Mexicans into these states—Mexicans who
are able to
vote in Mexican elections—makes the absorption of
these territories by Mexico a real possibility.
By parading around these states as the president of
Mexico and visiting the state governors, legislators,
and local bigwigs, Mr. Fox engaged in a not-very subtle
propaganda campaign to suggest—to Mexicans, to the
states he visited and to this country—that he was merely
touring the states of his own nation.
He was furthering the myth that these states really
belong to Mexico—and the political leaders of the states
and the nation stupidly allowed him to do it and get
away with it.
Indeed, Mr. Fox was almost explicit in what he was
doing. Addressing the legislature of the state of New
stated that the United States and Mexico are really
united "by nation and language."
Mexico and the United States are two separate nations
and speak two different languages. How can they be
united by "nation and language?"
They are united by language because millions of
people who live in this country
now speak the language of Mexicans.
And they are united by "nation" because it is
Mr. Fox`s conceit that they are really the same
And why should he not entertain that conceit? The 3.5
million Mexicans who now live—illegally—in
the United States are in process of disengaging from
this nation and joining the territory they occupy with
that of the
Nations are not created by borders, laws, treaties
and maps. They are defined and created by
peoples, and what the mass movement of one people
into the territory of a different people has
accomplished is to
fracture one nation and expand another.
Mr. Fox should have been arrested, dragged to the
borders of his own nation, thrown over them and told
not to come back. That is also what should be done
to the millions of illegal aliens from his nation who
have invited themselves into ours.
But the mere fact that neither was done or is even
thinkable by our
own leaders means that Mr. Fox`s vision of a Greater
Mexico consisting of whatever parts of our country he
can grab may be on the road to reality.
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