November 28, 2001
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, support for the United States
has poured in from around the world, but the response from Mexico has
been decidedly lukewarm. A Gallup poll reported that 78 percent of
Mexicans oppose contributing troops to a multinational coalition, and
we have seen no indication that Mexico will modify its oil policy of
acting like a member of OPEC.
While there is no evidence that the 9/11 terrorists entered over
the Mexican border, the trial in El Paso of an Iraqi smuggler produced
evidence that he alone brought more than 1,000 Middle East illegals
into the United States via that route, charging his clients $10,000 to
$15,000 each. Border Patrol agents have confirmed the increase in
illegal aliens coming from the Middle East across our southern border
and the fact that Arabs pay up to $50,000 each for a "coyote" to
smuggle them into the United States.
The 9/11 events have temporarily shelved the foolish proposals to
grant amnesty to three million Mexicans illegally living in our
country. Unfortunately, there is no indication that Mexico has
retreated from its longtime goal of opening the U.S. border.
In Chicago on July 27, 1997, then Mexican President Ernesto
Zedillo told the National Council of LaRaza, "I have proudly affirmed
that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its
borders." He announced a Mexican constitutional amendment that
purports to allow Mexicans to retain their Mexican nationality even
though they become U.S. citizens (which is contrary to the U.S.
When President Vicente Fox came to the United States this year, he
reiterated this line, proclaiming that "the Mexican nation extends
beyond the territory enclosed by its borders" and includes migrants
living in the United States. He called for open borders and endorsed
Mexico's new dual citizenship law.
Some Mexicans use the term "reconquista," which is Spanish for
reconquest, to describe their desire to see California, New Mexico,
Arizona and Texas acquired by Mexico and named the new country of
Aztlan. They are teaching their youth that the United States "stole"
those areas from Mexico and that they should be "returned."
The United States acquired the Southwest a century and a half ago
in three ways: part by the 1845 annexation agreement with Texas, which
was then an independent republic, part ceded by Mexico in the 1848
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the Mexican-American War, and part by
the 1852 Gadsden Purchase.
Mexico's claim to the Southwest originated with the 1494 Treaty of
Tordesillas, which drew an imaginary line on the map to divide the
Western Hemisphere between Spain and Portugal. Because geography had
so many unknowns at that time, Portugal got only Brazil (which is why
Brazilians speak Portuguese).
Other countries never recognized this treaty, and Americans
consider it ridiculous even to talk about giving the Southwest to
Mexico. Most national borders all over the world have come about as
the result of war.
Mexicans obviously have no thought of invading the Southwest with
troops, so their hope is reconquista by migration, both legal and
illegal. According to Mario Obledo, founder of the Mexican American
Legal Defense & Education Fund, "California is going to be a Hispanic
state and anyone who doesn't like it should leave."
An amnesty rally in the Los Angeles Sports Arena on June 10, 2000
attracted 25,000 people. In demanding amnesty for illegal Mexican
aliens, the speakers proudly announced the names of at least a dozen
unions in Los Angeles that are now headed by Mexicans.
Vicente Fox presented Mexico's Congress with a five-year
development plan to eliminate the U.S.-Mexican border. He said he
plans to serve "the 100 million Mexicans who now live in Mexico and the
more than 18 million who live abroad," and to "strengthen our ability
to protect and defend the rights of all Mexicans abroad."
Juan Hernandez, appointed by Fox as special liaison to Mexicans
abroad, lobbies to get U.S. driver's licenses issued to illegal aliens
and defends the Mexican government's issuance of desert survival kits
to those sneaking across the border. On ABC's Nightline on June 7, he
boasted: "We are betting that the Mexican-American population in the
United States ... will think Mexico first."
Fox's five-year plan calls for building a larger consular presence
in the United States, and this is already in operation. In U.S. areas
with large Hispanic (including illegal) populations, the Mexican consul
donates to the local public schools the same textbooks that are used in
every elementary school in Mexico, grades 1 through 6.
The books, written in Spanish and including all academic subjects,
teach that America "stole" the southwest from Mexico and that Mexico is
entitled to take it back. The Mexican government considers these
textbooks a symbol of Mexican national pride, guarantees a set to every
Mexican child, and makes it a crime for anyone to sell them.
The only reason we learned about this Mexican plan is that one
school in Santa Ana, California, decided to sell the books at a book
fair and the local Hispanics kicked up a fuss about it. The school
apologized to the Hispanics for selling the books, but should have
apologized to the students for accepting the books in the first place.
The question we should ask our Mexican immigrant friends is, are
you assimilating or invading?