August 15, 2001
When demonstrators displayed anti-American signs against our
President while traveling to Europe last month, we could brush it off
as a bunch of street radicals getting their kicks. But it is an insult
when a foreign head of state comes to the heart of the United States
and attacks our laws while his audience waves foreign flags.
Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke in Milwaukee on July 17 to
2,300 people at a meeting sponsored by the National Council of La Raza,
a Hispanic-U.S. group. He should be reminded to mind his manners and
show a decent respect for our laws when he visits the United States.
Attacking "current immigration policies," Fox demanded "an
integrated Mexican-U.S. labor market." He demanded that U.S. laws be
rewritten to bring about open borders between the U.S. and Mexico, that
we give illegal aliens U.S. driver's licenses (even though they can't
read the road signs and don't have insurance), and that we give Mexican
illegals university education and other taxpayer-paid benefits.
Specifically, Fox said, "Our goal is to legalize migrant flows
between our two countries." Saying that "migration should be an
option," he demanded that we exempt Mexico from limits on immigration.
Fox called for full legalization of illegal aliens, exempting
Mexico from U.S. limits on immigration and work visas, giving Mexicans
a guest worker program that uses temporary work visas, and allowing
illegal Mexican aliens to get U.S. driver's licenses and in-state
college tuition rates.
Fox also demanded that the United States increase foreign aid to
Mexico. He didn't offer to give us anything in return except poor,
uneducated, unemployed Mexicans who can't find jobs in Mexico's corrupt
If Fox wants to show friendship for the United States, he could
offer to distance Mexico from the criminal price-fixing cartel called
OPEC, which props up oil prices so much higher than they would be in a
competitive market. Mexico isn't a member of OPEC but acts as though
it is by promising Saudi Arabia that it will refuse to sell the United
States more oil when OPEC punishes us by production cutbacks.
Fox is asking for more U.S. financial handouts to bolster his
pathetic economy. But Mexico won't allow U.S. investment in the
Mexican oil industry.
In Milwaukee and at other rallies in this country, Fox tried to
show Americans that Mexicans are a potent political pressure group. He
is also trying to build a partnership between legal Mexican immigrants
and the illegals.
Fox had a tantrum after both Houses of Congress last week passed
legislation to require Mexican trucks entering the U.S. to be inspected
and meet the same safety and insurance regulations required of U.S. and
Canadian trucks. Fox said on August 2 that, if these regulations go
into effect, he will close the border to U.S. truckers!
If Bush gives in to Fox's tantrum, Bush may get caught in an
embarrassment similar to the Illinois truck scandal. Nine people have
been killed and 50 injured in truck accidents after licenses were
corruptly sold to drivers who couldn't pass the test in English.
Fox promotes the concept of "dual citizenship." Every immigrant who becomes a
naturalized American, takes an oath to "absolutely and entirely
renounce all allegiance" to any foreign state. Mexico is openly fighting this fundamental principle by passing a law recognizing "dual citizenship." For example, on July 9 a former
illegal alien now naturalized American, Andres Bermudez, was elected
mayor of Jerez, a city in Mexico, declaring himself a "candidate of two
If the Bush Administration believes in the rule of law, Bermudez's
U.S. citizenship should be revoked immediately. Dual citizenship is an
insurmountable barrier to assimilating naturalized citizens into the
American culture and turning immigrants from all over the world into "e
The Bush and Fox administrations are now negotiating a broad
agreement on immigration policy changes that the two presidents are
expected to sign in Washington in September. Fox went public with his
accelerated demands in order to force Bush to acquiesce.
Fox's foreign minister said that Mexico will not sign any border
agreement that fails to include amnesty for 3 to 4 million Mexicans
illegally living in the United States. "It's the whole enchilada or
nothing," Jorge Castaneda told journalists in Phoenix.
Vicente Fox's speeches are not the words of a friendly neighbor.
They are words that resonate with the radicals whose goal is Mexico's
conquest of southwest United States by overwhelming us with the sheer
numbers of undocumented Mexicans coming north.
Foxy enough to avoid the A-word Amnesty, Fox is nevertheless
trying to play U.S. politics to achieve that goal. He apparently
thinks he can get George W. Bush to adopt the ridiculous assumption
that circumventing our immigration laws will persuade Mexican-Americans
to vote Republican.
In 1986 we amnestied 3 million of 5 million illegal aliens from
several countries, promising that it would be a one-time-only amnesty.
The result was the number of illegals increased to 8 million, and
Americans don't want a repeat of that mistake.