is no mystery as to how this came about. Every year about
200,000 Mexicans immigrants enter the United States. An
additional 300,000 Mexicans cross the border and enter the
United States illegally. In 1960, 75 percent of immigrants
came from Europe; 9 percent from Latin America; and 5 percent
from Asia. By 1999, only 16 percent came from Europe; while
51 were from Latin America; and 27 percent from Asia. The
elites of the United States and Mexico have pursued a deliberate
policy of encouraging large-scale immigration. The elites
of the United States want cheap labor. The elites of Mexico
want to get rid of their unemployed, not to mention the
remittances that they subsequently send home from the United
States. The Mexican Government has as little interest in
stemming the flow of immigrants to the North as it has in
stopping the narcotics trade. This is something the United
States is well aware of. Mexico is our colony a permanent
source of cheap labor. Close the illegal immigration safety
valve and Mexico faces economic ruin and political collapse.
End drug trafficking and, again, Mexico faces economic ruin
and political collapse. Nothing much then is asked of Mexico’s
rulers other than to come to Washington every year, and
promise solemnly that they intend to crack down mercilessly
on drug trafficking and illegal border crossings.
Washington’s consternation, however, Mexican President-elect
Vicente Fox has decided to change the rules of the game.
He is not interested in the old hypocrisy. He has blurted
out the basic premise of US-Mexican relations. Since the
United States already looks the other way as millions of
illegals pour into the country, why not do away with the
pretense of immigration controls altogether? Fox has proposed
economic union with the United States modeled on the European
Union. He also wants the United States to increase the annual
number of Mexican immigrants it takes in legally. And he
wants the United States to end the "drug certification"
program, whereby countries are rewarded or penalized according
to whether Washington believes they are doing enough to
crack down on the drug trade. Note that Mexico has never
been decertified even though almost all of the drugs entering
the United States go through Mexico.
has also demanded that the United States establish a regional
development fund to ensure that living standards in the
two countries start to converge. Improving living standards
for Mexicans, he argues, is the only way to stop illegal
immigration. "As long as we work on development . .
. we will not have migration" problems, he explained
during his recent trip to the US. "We will never be
that good friend, that good neighbor, that good partner,
as long as Mexico is lagging way behind in development,"
he also said. Interestingly, though Mexico’s exports to
the US have tripled since the launch of NAFTA, average Mexican
wages have declined. Fox is, of course, trying to shake
down the United States. Increase the number of Mexicans
you let in legally, and in exchange, I will try to cut down
on the number entering illegally. Fork over some cash, otherwise
I will not be able to control the flow of illegal immigrants.
Do you want 500,000 Mexicans to cross the border next year?
How about 750,000? How about a million? Mexico can afford
to lose these numbers without suffering in the slightest.
The United States, on the other hand, would soon be facing
serious civil disturbances in most of its major cities.
is an election year and US policymakers have not rushed
to embrace Fox’s proposals. "We have borders, and we
have laws that apply to them and we have to apply them.
And so do the Mexicans" thus Bill Clinton. "I
believe we ought to enforce our borders" thus George
W. Bush. "Gore said some elements of Fox’s proposal
were problematic in the US…But he was interested to note
that Fox wanted to paint this as a very long-term vision" thus
Leon Fuerth, Al Gore’s national security adviser. During
his recent visit. Fox toned down his rhetoric. However,
he promised Mexican immigrant leaders to create a special
office to address the issues of Mexicans living abroad.
One of his most important responsibilities as Mexico’s President,
he says, is to look after the interests of Mexicans living
abroad. "You come to a new country with more anger,
more audacity and with a stronger hope of fighting for a
better life, and yet you still haven’t forgotten your homeland,"
Fox bellowed to an enthusiastic crowd of Mexican immigrants
is a safe bet however that, once the election is over, America’s
rulers will come warm to Fox’s proposals. "North America
Doesn’t Need Borders" ran the triumphant headline of
a Wall Street Journal editorial page article written
by Judy Shelton, longtime Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution.
Business leaders want more immigrants to enter the United
States. They complain that with unemployment rates at around
4 per cent, they are facing labor shortages. The media,
of course, repeat this nonsense uncritically. There are
no labor shortages in the United States. There are only
shortages at the income levels the employers wish to pay.
Since employers can always rely on cheap immigrant labor,
they have little incentive to pay more. Federal Reserve
chairman, Alan Greenspan, recently told a congressional
committee that unless immigration was increased, wage increases
could start to outpace productivity. This would lead to
inflation or to a squeezing of profit margins. "Either
outcome [is] capable of bringing our growing prosperity
to an end," he explained. Greenspan forever worries
about wages outpacing productivity whatever that
may mean. That evidently has inflationary consequences and
are, therefore, bad. Yet large profit margins or zooming
share prices, for some reason, never have inflationary consequences
and are always good. The hacks are too cowed by this godlike
creature to ask him to explain this incongruity.
are the consequences for the United States of having this
ever growing Mexican population here? Hispanics are voting
in US elections in greater numbers than ever before. The
number of Hispanics who voted in congressional races increased
from 3.4 million in 1994 to 4.1 million in 1998. The overall
number of voters nationwide, however, dropped by 2.6 million.
Mexican-Americans, moreover, see themselves increasingly
as a lobbying group on behalf of Mexico. "We want to
build a mechanism where Mexican immigrants can influence
US policy by becoming a more sensible voice on behalf of
Mexico on issues related to bilateral matters," explained
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, a key political adviser to Fox. What
the United States is facing is not the secession of large
chunks of the South West. Mexicans did not come here in
order to rejoin their former country. Instead, a massive
campaign will soon be underway to establish an ever-closer
union between Mexico and the United States. Already California’s
Governor Gray Davis says: "People will look at California
and Mexico as one magnificent region." Such talk will
only increase. Recently a Los Angeles resident was elected
to the Mexican Congress.
union between Mexico and the United States serves the interests
of the ruling elites of both countries. Not only will they
profit while everyone else will be impoverished, it will
also be good for the American Empire. The more heterogeneous
the population, the harder it is to forge a sense of common
purpose. This is where imperial ambition comes in. What
will come to unite Americans? Not language, not race, not
the Constitution but the idea that the United States is
a microcosm of the world and must hence rule this world.