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Joe To Mexico: Demand Money Back From Allyn & Co PR Flacks!
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October 06, 2006, 05:00 AM
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"I told you so." How we at VDARE.COM love to say those words! And, the White House, U.S. Congress, the Mexican government and the MSM graciously provide us with a treasure trove of opportunities to gloat.

This time I`m referring to a column I wrote nine months ago titled " In the Looming Public Relations Battle For Americans` Hearts And Minds, Mexico Will Lose".

You recall the flap in late 2005 when Mexico hired the Texas-based Allyn & Company public relations firm [email them] to clarify the U.S. "misperception" of Mexico.

At the time, Allyn charged $720,000 to undertake this completely impossible and utterly thankless task.

Why look a gift horse in the mouth, I`m sure company President Rob Allyn asked himself.

The message Mexico wanted to convey, as translated by Allyn into public relations-speak, is that more immigration, more guest workers and the proverbial path to citizenship, would clear up our "misperceptions.

Since the likelihood of Allyn`s success in selling his agenda to an increasingly skeptical American public hovered somewhere around zero, I suggested to Allyn in my column that he insist on his money from Mexico upfront.

If Allyn didn`t get paid a few months ago, he may have trouble collecting now since his efforts—whatever they may have been—have crashed head-on into a stone wall.

What Mexico and Allyn are trying to sell—its multiple fantasies that the U.S. economy would "collapse" without foreign workers, that aliens are just doing "jobs Americans won`t do," and that Mexicans are "just looking for a better life"—Americans are no longer buying.

The first clue that things weren`t going so well for Allyn`s grand scheme came in May when President George W. Bush took to the airwaves to make a prime-time television address pleading for "comprehensive immigration reform."

Bush`s speech was so poorly received by Americans in general and House Republicans in particular that in a parliamentary government, a motion of "no confidence" would have been called for.

Then things got worse.

By July, the nation`s mood had slipped further away from Mexico and Allyn`s grasp.

In mid-summer, Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert summarized America`s illegal immigration crisis this way:

"Every state is a border state, and every town is a border town.   I`ve just returned from a very informative trip to the southern border, but everywhere I travel around this country, illegal immigration is a top concern.  It`s a top concern among Americans because they want our southern and northern borders to be secure. 

"Border security is an issue of national security.  It is not a secret that terrorists and drug runners -who want to do us harm- are trying to find ways into our country and I believe we must first do everything we can to stop them.

"Before we can look at other immigration issues, we must first secure our borders.  I am disappointed that the Democrats support a plan (S. 2611) for open borders and a plan for amnesty.   Their plan is just plain unacceptable."

A summer-long series of nineteen hearings held by 8 House committees in twelve states followed. The goal, said Hastert, "…is to get a stronger border security bill to the President`s desk."

Come September, the House passed H.R. 6061, the "Secure Fence Act of 2006." And on September 29, the Senate passed the legislation that would permit a 700-mile fence to be built along a portion of the Mexico/U.S. border.

H.R. 6061 now goes to Bush`s desk where he has promised to sign it.

In the meantime, finally showing a hint of resolve, Bush rebuffed the predictable protests of the Mexican government`s hierarchy consisting of President Vicente Fox, President-elect Felipe Calderon and Foreign Secretary Ernesto Derbez who absurdly charge that the fence will "damage bilateral relationships"—one of their favorite nebulous claims. [Mexico To Lobby Bush Against Fence Bill,  by E. Edward Castillo, The Guardian, September 29, 2006]

In summary, since Allyn & Company took Mexico`s money (under false pretenses?) to improve its image, it has suffered the following setbacks:

  • In the spring, President Bush was publicly humiliated when his nationally-televised speech pushing hard for amnesty and guest workers laid an egg.


  • Both the Republican controlled House and Senate passed legislation, H.R. 6061, authorizing a fence to be built along the Mexico/U.S. border.

Does the fine print on the Mexico/Allyn and Company contract contain a non-performance clause?

Is it possible to be less effective than Allyn & Company has been?

In the private sector, a failure of such magnitude would result in a serious ass chewing…one that we at VDARE.COM would love to deliver.

Since that isn`t possible, we`ll be content with having called it like we see it…correctly, as usual.

Joe Guzzardi [ e-mail him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor. In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has been writing a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.