Bush Signs Explosive U.S./Mexico Secret Pact
The Burros will remind Americans that Mexicans are hard workers
Roberto Rodriguez & Patrisia Gonzales
We have obtained documents of a secret pact signed this past month by the presidents of the United States and Mexico that guarantees the right of the United States to purchase Mexican oil at half-price for 30 years. It also grants the United States the right to "secure" Mexico's oil fields in the event of an emergency.
Published on LatinoLA: March 31, 2007
In exchange, the United States will create the Bureau of Undocumented Ready Reserve - Outsourced Labor Force ÔÇô (the BURRO-LF initiative)." It will guarantee industry a permanent supply of low-wage Mexican guest workers for a period of 30 years. President Bush said: "the Burros will remind Americans that Mexicans are hard workers." The pact
also calls for the immediate cessation of all "Catch an Immigrant Day" raids by the Migra's special Hunter battalions, though it does call on Mexicans to wear a picture ID on them at all times.
Because it was negotiated as part of the War on Terror, the pact ÔÇô which also permits the USA Patriot Act to cover Mexican soil ÔÇô will automatically go into effect for 2 years on April 1, 2007, without the need for Congressional approval. Thereafter, the pact requires
Congressional approval, unless an emergency is declared.
Aware of Mexican sensibilities ÔÇô the pact calls upon Mexican President Felipe Calderon to sell it publicly to his Congress as a mutual defense pact. The pact was negotiated by Bush as an effort to stem the rising popularity of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, and as an
effort to thwart the bipartisan Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (STRIVE Act of 2007), which calls for comprehensive immigration reform.
The secret pact is composed of a series of quid pro arrangements that can be invoked as a result of global, climactic, law enforcement or military emergencies. For instance,
in the event of a terrorist attack upon Mexican soil, not only will the U.S. military
seize Mexico's oil fields, it will also dispatch former intelligence chief, John Negroponte and former Attorney General John Ashcroft to coordinate Mexico's anti-terror initiatives.
Calderon vociferously objected to the idea of a double wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. "One wall is sufficient. Two is a double insult to Mexico's dignity," he said. However, he did agree that in the event of a terroristic incursion, he would drop his opposition and assist in creating special "Lou Dobbs-Tom Tancredo Burro Bridgadas" -- to help in the construction of the double wall.
The secret pact, signed during Bush's recent tour of Latin America, was also an effort to promote the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas ÔÇô promising to do for the Americas what the North American Free Trade Agreement has done for Mexico. He also acceded to a major revision to NAFTA, initially permitting Mexico to protect one additional product. (Currently, Mexico protects tequila as patrimony of the nation; Canada protects whiskey; while the United States protects oil). These products cannot be taxed or produced by the other member nations. (Under the Central American Free Trade Agreement, Guatemala is
permitted to protect its anti-Indian policies).
While Calderon initially sought to protect corn, Bush balked because of a similar pact with Brazil. Yet, after heated negotiations, only Mexico will henceforth be permitted to produce corn for human consumption; the United States will be permitted to produce corn for ethanol, and; both nations will be permitted to produce corn for animal consumption.
Additionally, Calderon offered to convert the pact into a 99-year agreement in exchange for U.S. citizenship for the 12 million undocumented Mexicans in the United States. Bush countered with a "path to legalization" program ÔÇô with no guarantees of citizenship --
in exchange for making the agreement permanent. However, he added: "We will grant Mexicans U.S. citizenship only if Mexico comes under U.S. jurisdiction as part of the United States of North America."
Calderon is purportedly mulling over the offer, considering that he has been offered the position of vice-president, in the event the current occupant is unable to continue to serve in his capacity.
On a related front, Choctaw legal activist Alicia Seyler has filed a class action lawsuit, challenging the right of nation-states to make agreements related to corn and, particularly, challenging the right of multinational corporations, such as Monsanto, to genetically modify the crop. Some of the demands also include banning companies such as
Taco Bell from marketing their products as "Mexican food." The litigants include various maize-based peoples of the continent, and the Ant, Squash and Bean Nations.
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