There doesn?t seem to be a news agency on the planet that hadn?t something to say about last night's immigration speech by President Bush. Just GOOGLE ?immigration? and click on news. What you will get is news stories from around the world from Ireland to Israel and back again, including news agencies from every state in the union.
At stake, in case you?ve been in a coma, is whether or not Mr. Bush would deploy the states? National Guard units along the U.S. - Mexico border. According to yesterday?s Washington Post, the president planned to send ?several thousand? national guardsmen and women to play a supporting role by providing intelligence, training, transportation, construction and other functions to the border. The U.S. currently has 200 troops deployed at the border put there by President Clinton under ?operation gatekeeper.?
While President Clinton and Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Allan Greenspan both presided over one of the world?s longest sustained economic growth cycles, the U.S. border Patrol was busy collecting bodies in what has now become known as ?The Hot Seasons of Death.? According to Enrique Marones of the Border Angels, over 4000 men, women and children have died crossing the border since 1994. Migrants, desperate for a chance to work so that they can feed their families, sometimes must brave 127 degree temperatures while crossing the border. All the while, epitaphs like ?illegals? and ?illegal aliens? are designed to render the campesino, the poorest of the poor, as sub-humans and criminals.
Meanwhile, one can only wonder what the National Guard will be constructing. Could it be possible that the xenophobes will finally get their ?wall of hate? built? In 1954 Sen. Pat McCarran said that wetbacks and communists were crossing the Rio Grande. Today, the successful ?fusing? of immigration reform and national security just might lead to what racists have been asking for since the cold war, a 2000 mile long ?wall of hate.?
While the President tried to appease the hardliners and the hardliners pander to their ignorant racist constituents, one man?s name goes unmentioned, John Tanton, co-founder of the Federation of American Immigration Reform (F.A.I.R.), U.S. English and an array of anti-immigrant organizations. According to Tolerance.org, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center: "The organized anti-immigration 'movement' is almost entirely the handiwork of one man, Michigan activist John. H. Tanton."
So the winner is clear, but so is the loser. And that loser is the Nation of Mexico and its people. The U.S. has nothing but contempt for Mexico and for the Mexican. The U.S. has never respected the Mexicano and it never will. The U.S. has become used to having its way with Mexico and imposing its will on the Mexican people. Mexico should build its own wall. Mexico should dump N.A.F.T.A. and align itself with countries that respect the Mexican. And Mexico should start by demanding payment for its oil in Petro-Euros
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