THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT'S ATTEMPT TO DICTATE
AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAW & POLICY
By Christopher G. Adamo
During a January 28 radio interview, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez threatened the State of Arizona with legal action through the international courts, action to be initiated in order to overturn Arizona's Proposition 200, a ballot initiative lawfully passed last Fall to curb state expenditures on illegal aliens.
Derbez plans to initially use the “legal capacities” of the United States to achieve his goal. But, if that doesn’t work, he will resort to the intervention of “international tribunals.”
Momentarily sidestepping the absurdity of granting any legal capacity to an international organization regarding strictly internal issues, consider the larger picture of what is actually being attempted, as a foreign power now makes threats against an individual American state.
The United States Constitution, in its original form, was never designed to put the U.S. central government in charge of regulating minute details in the lives of Americans. Basically, the federal government had two purposes, which were to act as an arbiter between the individual states, and to collectively represent those states in the face of foreign challenges, whether diplomatic or military.
Yet the federal leviathan, which grew monstrously beyond its original boundaries, has become an overwhelming burden of bureaucratic entanglements to the citizenry. Meanwhile the Mexican government, a foreign entity, seeks to intimidate and ultimately dictate the policies of an individual American state.
Thus far, it has done so with little or no official backlash from the United States government. So, just as those in the U.S. national government are increasingly ignoring the constitutional limitations to their authority, so are legitimate constitutional responsibilities to protect the American people from foreign incursion being abandoned, and American citizens being left defenseless.
Prior to the recent Iraqi elections, it became apparent that foreign insurgents were causing much of the disorder and mayhem plaguing that country. Thus the major thrust of American and Iraqi military action focused on securing that nation’s borders.
Yet when a similar incursion threatens to undermine the security and sovereignty of the United States of America, this country’s national government sees fit to respond with indifference and platitudes.
Of course, Derbez is hardly acting alone. Mexican President Vicente Fox has long rejected the term “illegal alien,” claiming, instead, that the invaders are “undocumented workers,” with the right to enter and obtain residency and employment in the U.S.A. Thus, Fox is displaying a total disregard for American law.
Fox has been unrestrained in his contempt for the very concept of American sovereignty, promoting the concept of “dual citizenship,” whereby Mexican immigrants would conceivably be eligible to vote in both countries.
Increasingly, his long-term goal appears to be an effort to transform the Southwestern United States into a Mexican “Sudetenland,” which was the heavily Germanic region of Czechoslovakia that Hitler exploited as an excuse to invade and occupy that country.
Though nobody is suggesting a full-scale invasion by Fox’s armies, he increasingly seeks to dictate and define laws and regulations on this side of the border, so as to maximize his ability to siphon and bleed as much as possible back into his own nation’s economy.
A proper response to such audacity would be to warn Fox that America is just as likely to bend under his diplomatic pressure as it would from the terrorist acts of al-Qa'ida. Unfortunately, U.S. President George Bush has already given far too much ground, even embracing the term “undocumented worker,” and advocating amnesty for those who have flouted U.S. law to enter the country .
Such a stance completely ignores the degradation to American society that results from the mass influx of illegals. Among Arizona’s Hispanic population, forty percent supported Proposition 200. Clearly, these citizens realize that they have every bit the vested interest in the future of America as does the rest of its population, and comprehend the threat posed to it by the unrestricted invasion of illegals.
It is altogether an abandonment of U.S constitutional principles that Arizona should be left on its own, fighting to maintain control of its destiny. If Arizona can be isolated and pressured in such a manner, what other state, anywhere in the nation, can consider itself safe? Indeed, the situation ominously suggests that a sovereign American nation may no longer exist.
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation. He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A., and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ, The Wyoming Christian. Adamo maintains his own Internet website, which is located at www.chrisadamo.com.
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