Immigration Munich
II: What Bush Should Say…

Immigration Munich:
The Aftermath…

[“An Immigration
Munich” – let VDARE 
hereby be the first to name what seems likely
to be another Day That Will Live In Infamy: the
upcoming February 16 U.S.-Mexico summit. The
difference is that Munich allowed Britain to re-arm.]

probably ought to tell us something that the first
foreign leader to visit President George W. Bush was
Jean Chrétien of Canada and that the first foreign
leader whom President Bush will visit is Vicente
of Mexico. What it should tell us is that
globalization – the same process that brought us NAFTA,
the World Trade Organization and the European Union –
is the first and most important morsel on Bush`s
foreign-policy menu.

The two visits tell us this
because Canada and Mexico were the partners of the
North American Free Trade Agreement and will have to
be the main partners in any future program further
diluting American sovereignty and forcing a shotgun
marriage between the three nations. But if
globalization has already brought us NAFTA, what the
Bush diplomacy with Mexico is likely to bring us is
simply more immigrants – which is one major meaning of

The president himself favors more
immigration, as does virtually every member of his Cabinet,
and President Fox has gone so far as to propose
that the borders between the two countries be
abolished so Mexicans and Americans may wander freely
across each other`s territories. Of course, Fox knows
perfectly well that virtually no American will be
emigrating to Mexico to find a job or go on welfare;
the only people to benefit from abolishing the borders
would be the immigrants who would flood into this
country unchecked and Mexican elites who want to get
rid of excess people for whom they care nothing and
are willing to do nothing.

So, if everybody is in favor of
more immigration from Mexico, we can expect that
facilitating it will be a major issue of discussion
between the two presidents.

Hardly anyone has bothered to
notice that not everyone does favor more immigration.
A Zogby poll conducted just last year shows that 72
percent of Americans want immigration reduced. But who
cares what they think? We heard nothing about
immigration during the recent election, and we hear
nothing in opposition to it from the ruling elites of
either country now.

Nor, in any of the diplomatic
gabble exchanged so far, do we hear any suggestion
from the Bush administration that Mexico do something
to control the illegal immigration already flooding
into this country and, in places like Arizona,
devastating ranches and private property throughout
the area.

Last week, as a walk-up to the
Bush-Fox meeting on Feb. 16, Secretary of State Colin
Powell met with Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda,
and Castañeda did want to discuss illegal immigration.
As he told the secretary, "There are too many
Mexicans dying on the border — Mexicans who die of
exposure, dehydration, starvation; some,
unfortunately, who die as a result of hostile action
on the part of some."

Guess who "some" is?
The U.S. Border Patrol, of course.

So, in the very first meeting
between the U.S. and Mexican governments, the latter
essentially accused the United States of murder. What
have we done to show that this is the kind of nonsense
up with which we shall not put?

Well, with the administration`s
blessing, Congress is getting ready to drop the
requirement that Mexican performance in fighting drug
trafficking be annually assessed. Mexico doesn`t like
the requirement, you see.

Castañeda also made it clear that
Mexico intends to continue to "strengthen ties of
an economic, financial, touristical nature with
Cuba," despite U.S. sanctions on Cuba and despite
Castañeda`s insistence that Mexican foreign policy
will now emphasize "human rights" (which
means complaining about alleged American mistreatment
of Mexican immigrants, not communist repression in
Cuba, let alone Mexican repression in Mexico).

The fact is that if Mexico really
gave a hoot about the deaths of its own people trying
to cross our borders illegally, it would do something
to stop the flood out of its own territory. But it
does almost nothing, and yells and screams
"murder" when we try to do something by
enforcing our own laws. In addition, there are
reported incidents in which Mexican troops actually
fired on U.S. Border patrol officers inside the United

The major impression left by Bush
and Powell in the first weeks of the administration is
that they will do nothing to demand that Mexico act
like a responsible nation-state and a good neighbor 
– to clean up the drug corruption that pervades
its society and government, to help us stop illegal
migration from Mexico and save Mexican lives, and to
keep the Castro regime isolated. All the
administration really wants from Mexico is to keep
those immigrants coming, to please the Big Business
demand for cheap labor and to keep the powerful
Hispanic voting bloc happy.

Who would want anything more?
Well, how about 72 percent of the American public.

Sailer on Mexico and Immigration


February 09, 2001