Sunday, January 9

DELIBERATE HOSTILITY OR PATENT TERRORISM?

To his credit, U.S. Representative J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has written a no-nonsense, hard-hitting letter to Mexico's ambassador to the United States citing the egregious arrogance of the Mexican government in publishing and distributing a Guide for the Mexican Migrant -- a booklet (and these are my words, not the Congressman's) that is tantamount to Illegal Entry For Dummies. But my sarcasm aside, Hayworth's salvo falls short of the mark, as it characterizes Mexico's deliberate program of encouraging its poorer citizens' migration into the United States as an act of "deliberate hostility," rather than patent terrorism, which is what it is. To terrorize is to terrify, coerce and intimidate through the force of threats. The southern border of the United States is being continually breached by Mexicans encouraged (and now so in writing no less) by their government to seek economic benefit through illegal entry into the United States. The benefit to Mexico is twofold: it perpetuates the caste system in Mexico (benefiting the elites in government and private industry), which includes three well-defined levels of chronic poverty, the least onerous of which is considerably worse than anything imaginable in the United States (the adjective "abject" comes to mind); and, it generates $14.5 billion (USD) in annual remittances from illegals employed in the United States -- a sum that the Congressman accurately describes as an income stream surpassing that of Mexico's tourism industry or even the influx of foreign investment capital. These hordes of illegals (and they number in the millions) are weapons of mass influxion (WMIs) and they constitute nothing short of a foreign invasion. Just ask U.S. property owners along our long contiguous border with Mexico if they don't feel terrorized and overrun and their property and way of life violated. Sadly, Hayworth's prescription falls far short of the mark. He asks that Mexico cease the distribution of the guide and politely thanks Ambassador de Icaza for his "consideration."

Can any American honestly look at the newest bureaucratic boondoggle -- the Department of Homeland Security -- and certain questionable elements of the Patriot Act, while considering the Federal government's purposeful indifference to the magnitude of this country's illegal immigration problem, without then surmising that terrorism is not being dealt with right here at home where its impact on this nation's economy, government services, healthcare, education systems, and private property are palpably most acute?

President Vincente Fox is using the illegal migration of his nation's poor as a way of strong-arming the United States government into bending to his political wishes and Mexico's economic exigencies. Congressman Hayworth can content himself with calling it (illegal immigration or the offending booklet, Congressman?) "hostillity"; but it's terrorism, pure and simple. And in this regard I feel President Bush, for whom I cast my votes in 2000 and 2004, has let us down. If it's not a serious, impactful problem, then the President and Congress should increase the annual legal immigration threshold for Mexican citizens from 200,000 to however many millions illegally cross our borders each year. It's either a security breach or it is not. The illegals don't content themselves to simply straddle the fence, so why should our government?

Don't pay lip service by increasing taxpayer funding of the out-numbered U.S. Border Patrol, while countenancing Fox's antics and Mexico's wholesale assault on our borders, our economy and our way of life. Furthermore, stop pandering to a Latino voting block that, if it is truly concerned about United States' security, would join Congressman Hayworth and others in condemning what is going on, thus signaling to Republicans and Democrats alike that it is OKAY to deal with this major problem on a priority basis without fear of political retribution.

Invasions don't have to come from infantries, navies and airforces to do harm to a country. Just as certain tyrannical political philosophies and aberrantly distorted religious beliefs can do harm, so too can millions of people on foot, entering illegally, trample the economy and social fabric of a nation. After all, that's why virtually all countries have, with the exception of the United States, immigration policies that are adhered to.