September 18, 2006
Memo From Mexico,
Calderon’s Plans For U.S. Immigration Policy
It’s official. Felipe Calderon has
declared the president-elect of Mexico and is
scheduled to take office on December 1st.
Calderon was declared the winner of
the election on
September 5th, 2006, and the very next
day he was
on the telephone with George Bush.
What does Calderon want from us?
Well, among other things: a
"migratory accord"—giving Mexico veto power over
U.S. immigration policy.
An immigration accord was a goal of
Mexican President Vicente Fox, whose term is almost
didn’t actually achieve the accord but he was able
to accomplish a lot through
meddling in U.S. immigration policy, while he should
have been concentrating on other things, like improving
So with the passing of the baton to
Calderon, the game goes on.
On September 7th, Calderon told
foreign correspondents that an immigration accord with
the U.S. is one of his top priorities. His strategy is
to persuade members of the U.S. Congress that an
immigration accord would be in the interests of both the
U.S. and Mexico. Calderon’s goal is to achieve such an
accord before the end of the Bush administration, that
is, by January 20th, 2009.
[El Siglo de Torreon,
Luchará Calderón por acuerdo migratorio con Bush ,
September. 7th, 2006]
Calderon believes that the Bush
Administration is ready to help, and he’s surely right
on that score. On immigration, Bush and Calderon are in
"We will work intensely over the
next two years to arrive at a concrete agreement."
declared Mexico’s president-elect to foreign reporters.
Like all Mexican politicians,
Calderon admitted that
Mexico needs to create more jobs In Mexico. He was
quoted as saying:
"Every year, more than 1.2 million Mexican youths reach
working age. Many, facing a lack of alternatives, go
looking for opportunities in the United States.
can’t ignore it, we can’t write a law making it
disappear. We have to find ways to improve things. That
is not only in the interest of Mexico, but also a U.S.
President-Elect To Press U.S. Reforms |
Mexican Wants Deal During Bush's Term, By Will
Weissert, Associated Press, September 8, 2006]
I agree - a more prosperous Mexico
would be in the interests of the United States.
But as long as mass emigration
exists, what real incentive do
Mexico’s leaders have to reform the economy?
Emigration has become, in effect, Mexico’s economic
best way for the U.S. to help Mexico would be to
close the border.
Calderon is not even president yet
and is already planning U.S. immigration policy. There’s
nothing surprising about this.
As I have pointed out in previous
all the major candidates in the Mexican election had
the same view on immigration.
During the campaign, Calderon
called on U.S. Congressmen to halt the
"irrationality" of HR4437 because it goes against
the rights of "migrants". As a candidate he
expressed solidarity with Mexicans in the U.S., and said
they are not criminals and that they contribute to the
economy of the U.S. Calderon said the Mexicans in the
U.S. are fighting for their
labor rights and
Candidate Calderon said that
"Immigration is not
solved by a wall". Discussing the proposed
border fence, Calderon joked that "We'll jump over it
anyway." So much for respecting U.S. sovereignty.
Calderon is pro-NAFTA and wants to
take it farther . Here’s what he said:
the coming two decades, I envision the whole North
American region ... as a single region with a free
market, not just in goods and services and investments,
but also a free labor market. The region could be like
vows to look U.S. in the eye,
My San Antonio.com, Sean Mattson, April 3, 2006]
President Bush must be very happy
about this, because it all fits in with his North
American Union agenda.
June 6th, a Mexican presidential debate was
held, and one of the topics on the agenda was
"Migratory Foreign Policy" . That is,
policy, not Mexican migratory policy!
that debate Calderon called for a migratory accord to
legalize Mexican illegal aliens in the U.S. and a guest
worker program. The candidate promised to "defend all
our paisanos" (i.e.,
meddle on behalf of illegal aliens).
Besides the famous migratory accord, Calderon proposed
another accord, in which the U.S. and Canada would
finance development in poor regions of Mexico.
U.S. taxpayers finance both Mexican development
and mass immigration to the U.S.?
Calderon’s agenda is clear. Mexico’s president-elect
plans to keep his
northern border open and to attain veto power over
U.S. immigration policy.
real answer to that question lies on the northern side
of the border. We already know President Bush shares
Calderon’s agenda. What about Congress?
what about the American people?
citizen Allan Wall (email
him) resides in Mexico, with a
legal permit issued him by the Mexican government. Allan
recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the
Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are
here; his FRONTPAGEMAG.COM
articles are archived
here his "Dispatches from
Iraq" are archived
here his website is