What We Really Get From Mexico

While President Bush ponders

amnesty for illegal Mexican immigrants
and yet

war against Iraq
, the real war has already come
here—from Mexico.

The New York Times reported last week [“A
Georgia Pipeline for Drugs and Immigrants
,” by
Tim Golden, NYT, November 16, 2002″] that in
areas where Mexican immigrants were supposed to bring
the vaunted "cheap
" that would save American industries, what
they`ve really imported is cheap drugs—and plenty of

The story centered on

Dalton, Ga
., a small textile manufacturing center
just across the state line from Chattanooga and where
immigrants from Mexico have flocked in recent years to

take jobs
in the local sock and carpet mills.

Now, with the country in recession, many of the jobs
have vanished, but the

Mexicans remain
—and they make up for lost wages by
pushing narcotics.

"In Dalton and surrounding areas," the
reports, "drug arrests have steadily risen
since the late 1990s, police officials say. Gang-related
violence has become common"
in an area that last saw
major violence around the time of

Sherman`s march to Atlanta
. "We keep arresting
people and
seizing drugs,
but they just keep coming,"
local police chief moans. "We`re in a boat with a big
hole. We can keep bailing, but the hole`s still there."

Of course the hole`s still there, and it will always
be there as long as mass immigration is permitted—which
is to say, as long as

Big Business
interests demand the cheap labor it

Even as his town and region are poisoned by the
immigrant drug-dealers, ex-Rep. Erwin Mitchell beams
that "this is a place where not one American job has
been lost to immigrant workers."
That, of course, is
a boldfaced lie. The textile czars round up Mexican
workers themselves because they can

rid their plants of higher-wage Americans,
but even
if it were true, what good are "American jobs" if
they`re filled by foreigners and the society
disintegrates because of the

drugs, murders and gangs
the aliens import?

"Dalton," the Times assures us,

"is by no means
alone…From Alaska to South Carolina, law enforcement
officials said, Mexican traffickers have taken advantage
of spreading Mexican immigration and freer North
American trade to establish themselves as the dominant
wholesale suppliers of illegal drugs across much of the
United States."

Like the terrorists of Sept. 11, the Mexican drug
peddlers can flourish because mass immigration has
created an alternative society in which they can live,
hide, and operate. The Dalton police force has a grand
total of one officer who can even speak Spanish and has
"almost no capacity to infiltrate tight-knit Mexican
criminal groups."

"The chances of these people getting caught are
now somewhere between slim and none,"
the local
chief told the Times.

Just as Islamic terrorists

make use
of the religious, linguistic and cultural
"diversity" their own

immigrant communities
create in this country, so the
Mexicans also create their own internal social
structures that are almost impossible for police to

detect and investigate.

Mass immigration by itself isn`t the only reason for
the drug deluge from across the Rio Grande. There`s also
the contribution of the vaunted North American Free
Trade Agreement—NAFTA.

"Like the legitimate businessmen energized by the
loosening of North American trade,"
the Times
reports, "the traffickers have found new economies of
scale, taken advantage of the freer movement of Mexican
trucking into the United States and even shifted some
production closer to consumers."

The two major superstitions of the last decade—that
mass immigration and

free trade
and the "diversity" and "globalization"
they bring are progress—smash apart on the hard truths
about the new multinational narcotics industry.

How much longer the Open Borders lobby, its pet
politicians and hired ideologues, and the Big Business
interests that welcome any displacement of American
workers and any destruction of American culture and
social fabric if it rakes up enough dollars, how much
longer they can keep pretending that the monsters
they`ve created are the blessings for the country they
claim they are isn`t clear.


3,000 dead Americans
in the World Trade Center,
murdered by alien terrorists who entered the country
legally are not too many lives to lose, why should the
swamping by drugs and murder of northern Georgia,
eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and all the
rest of the nation "from Alaska to South Carolina" be
too high a price to pay for the glories that "cheap
labor" brings us?

What is happening in Dalton and its environs merely
reminds those Americans who still have not lost all
their mental marbles that opening your borders to
millions of aliens who share nothing with your own
society and people is an invitation to national suicide.

If those who forced the gates open won`t close them,
those who have to live with what comes across will have
to close them themselves.

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


November 21, 2002