The issue that will define our era and determine the nation's future is illegal immigration. Political debate is full of schemes like "guest worker" programs and temporary worker cards to allow illegals to "fill jobs that Americans just don't want to do." Such programs are really just political doublespeak from politicians who lack the intestinal fortitude to protect the borders of the United States.
The truth is President Bush is pushing the guest worker plan because he is trying to appease Mexican President Vicente Fox who wants the borders between Mexico and the U.S. and Canada open, just like the European Union. Prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Bush and Fox agreed to consider granting permanent residency, "green cards", to as many as three million Mexicans living illegally in the United States. The plan was temporarily sidetracked in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, but now the White House has put it back on the agenda.
Fox thinks that the best way to save Mexico's failing economy is to grab hold of the U.S. economy in what his administration calls "very common objectives." Fox's plan offers very little advantage to the United States.
Economically speaking, the plan offers no hope to solving Mexico's institutional ills. The reason is that Mexico's economic problems are created by the fact that Mexico is a socialist country that denies private ownership of property to its people, and taxes businesses to pay for just about any confiscation scheme its corrupt government can dream up.
It's the same old story. Socialism can't survive without a free market to prop it up. Mexico has sunk to the depths of socialist depravity and now desperately needs the U.S. economy to save it. Apparently, Fox has never considered fixing his own economy. Like all drowning despots, his only plan of action is to cling to our economy until it too starts to sink under the weight of a hoard of illegal aliens. These law breakers, with Fox's help and encouragement, are rushing across the border for American goodies.
In an orchestrated plan to actually help Mexican citizens illegally cross our nation's sovereign border, the Mexican government is creating tools to instruct them, in detail, how to do it. Once they are in our nation, Fox's government then provides identification for the illegals to help them obtain American documentation and services.
Specifically, the Mexican government is distributing to its citizens a colorful new comic book with advice on how to cross the border. The 32-page book, "The Guide for the Mexican Migrant," was published in December by Mexico's Foreign Ministry. Using simple language and colorful drawings, the book offers safety information for illegal border crossings. The book also provides a primer on their legal rights once they get across, and gives advice on living unobtrusively in the United States.
The drawings provide dramatic depictions of undocumented immigrants wading through a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol, and crouching near a hole in a border fence. On other pages, they hike through a desert and are caught by Border Patrol agents. The book gives no tips on how to obtain a U.S. visa, yet it offers border crossing safety tips such as, when crossing rivers, "Thick clothing increases your weight when wet, and this makes it difficult to swim or float."
"This is more than just a wink and a nod," says Rick Ottman, Western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This is so transparent, this is the Mexican government trying to protect its most valuable export, which is illegal migrants." Ottman is referring to the fact that illegal Mexicans are taking billions of dollars out of the U.S. economy each year and sending the money back to Mexico. In fact, illegal immigration is one of Mexico's biggest growth industries.
The comic book is being distributed as a free supplement to El Libro Vaquero, a popular cowboy comic book, in five Mexican states (Zacatecas, Michoacan, Puebla, Oaxaca, and Jalisco) that send the majority of illegals to the United States. The government plans to print 1.5 million copies.
Once over the border and safely tucked away in a U.S. city, the illegals need some form of identification to help them get jobs and government services. Again, the Mexican government is providing the answer for its "citizens."
The Mexican government has issued more than 800,000 slick, pocket-sized identification cards to both legal and illegal immigrants. Of course, those immigrants who have come to this nation using legal means have no need for the cards. So the cards really are specifically designed to help illegals gain a foothold in this country. Called "matricula consular" cards, they are being distributed across the United States through the Embassy of Mexico and its 45 consulates in the U.S.
The cards list the holder's birth date, place of birth, and U.S. address. The Mexican government is openly lobbying U.S. cities, police forces, local government agencies, and banks to accept the cards as official identification.
Ironically, today, legal U.S. citizens are about to be tied to a national ID card, controlled by massive data banks which document every aspect of our lives, including job history, tax history, medical records, and bank accounts. We're told such intrusion into our private lives is necessary to protect the nation from terrorists. Within the next 18 months, the national ID cards will be in place, and without them, American citizens won't be able to get on an airplane, open a bank account, buy a gun, get married, or function in any way in American society.
With the blessing of the Bush Administration, the Mexican government's matricula cards are now accepted as a form of ID at 74 of the nation's 9,000 banks. Illegal aliens, who have already broken our immigration laws by entering the country illegally can cash checks and open bank accounts. Yet there is nothing to assure that the cards carry accurate information and there is no means to check the background of the person holding the card. In practice, the consular cards are allowing illegal Mexicans to bypass the growing web of government control now being imposed on American citizens.
True to its promises to the Fox government, the Bush Administration has been silent, refusing to act on these unprecedented actions by a foreign government which are little more than a planned invasion of our nation. In truth, Fox's policy is leading to little more than colonization of the United States by Mexico. Americans pay the bills, clean up the messes, and watch as our standard of living diminishes while illegals swamp hospitals, schools, and communities.
Fortunately, not all of our U.S. Representatives are turning a blind eye to this invasion. The President's guest worker proposal is meeting staunch resistance from conservative Republicans in Congress. Representative Charlie Norwood (R-GA) has called on the President to drop the plan, saying it would be "detrimental to our national and economic security." Norwood has introduced the "Clear Law Enforcement for Alien Removal Act," (CLEAR) which would force the government to enforce immigration laws and round up illegal aliens.
Most recently, Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) introduced "The Financial Customer Identification Verification Improvement Act" (H.R. 815). Though a mouthful of a name, H.R. 815 will "prohibit the use of identification cards issued by foreign governments, including matricula consular cards for purposes of verifying the identity of a person who opens an account at a financial institution," says Rep. Garrett. His bill will help foil the Mexican government's outrageous efforts to undermine the sovereignty and independence of the United States.
The Bush Administration has tried to make the illegal immigration issue sound like an impossible problem to stop. The guest worker scheme is sold as a Band-Aid as we throw our hands in the air to surrender. Such bunk is nothing more than snake oil to cover very bad policy.
The fact is illegal immigration would be fairly easy to fix. First, allow the U.S. Border Patrol to do its job, like it tried to do in Los Angeles a few months back when officers began to round up illegals in the Hispanic neighborhoods. They were stopped by the "suits" in Washington.
Second, stop providing U.S. taxpayer funded programs like hospital care, access to public schools, and welfare handouts. Plans to provide Social Security payments to illegals should never be considered. Stop granting automatic citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants (known as "anchor babies"). This would stop the practice of running across the border just in time to give birth.
Finally, pass H.R. 815 and stop this outrageous attempt by the Mexican government to claim United States territory as their private annex. The Mexican government has no right to meddle in U.S. policy.
Politicians can puff up and spew rhetoric about guest worker programs and filling jobs Americans don't want, but the truth is our nation is being flooded by people who don't care about our heritage or culture. They have no allegiance to this country, and in fact, remain loyal to their home country. They choose not to learn our language and they ignore our laws. Our taxpayer-funded services are diminishing, as hospitals and schools are facing overcrowding and bankruptcy. This is no foundation on which to build our nation's future.
Stop the flow of goods and services to illegal aliens, round up those already here, and strengthen the border. This will solve the problem. It's really pretty simple. Passing H.R. 815 to stop acceptance of the matricula consular cards is a good start.