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Mexico's actions speak louder than its words, and its actions don't reflect the "friendship" it claims to have with the United States.

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Rejecting the Mexican Hat Dance

Mexico’s actions speak louder than its words, and its actions don’t reflect the “friendship” it claims to have with the United States.

Mexico’s actions speak louder than its words, and its actions don’t reflect the "friendship" it claims to have with the United States.

Mexico lusts for America to legalize the 3-4 million illegal alien Mexicans who live here. It desires a "guestworker" program-a ruse for granting amnesty to illegals already here, plus opening the border to millions more Mexicans for virtual permanent U.S. residency while they maintain their allegiance and ties to Mexico.

Mexico sees America as the great cash cow to the north. Mexican expatriates sent home about $10 billion last year.

Of course, amnesty is a bad idea in principle and practice. And guestworker programs generally have not worked, here or elsewhere.

Mexico claims to be America’s good neighbor, faithful friend, earnest ally. But the record contradicts Mexico’s assertions. As Eliza Doolittle said in My Fair Lady, talk is cheap; "Show me, show me!"

Before the United States does anything that would benefit Mexico, Mexico must correct a long train of abuses. Mexico’s actions must match its utterances.

  • Start guarding the south side of the border. Mexico needs to get serious about border enforcement. It must aggressively keep illegal aliens, "coyotes," drug traffickers, corrupt cops, and soldiers in Mexico. It must root out corruption in its government and society. No more murders of U.S. park rangers, such as Kris Eggle of Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. No more beatings of U.S. agents, shootings or unauthorized crossings into the United States (there were at least 23 incursions in 2001; many were suspected to involve corrupt soldiers helping narcotics and alien smugglers). No more ambulances unloading uninsured Mexicans at American hospitals.
  • Back off amnesties. Mexico must stop pushing amnesties for its millions of lawbreakers. No mass amnesty. No Section 245(i) amnesty. No earned amnesty. Read our lips: No more amnesties.
  • Stop pushing for benefits for illegal aliens. Mexico must cease its hard-sell of the matricula consular, a government-issued ID card. Only illegal aliens need it. Stop pressuring all levels of American government, banks and other institutions to accept this ID that undermines U.S. domestic security. Stop marketing it here. Stop lobbying for in-state tuition for illegal Mexican aliens at U.S. colleges, issuance of U.S. driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, U.S. Social Security benefits and other rewards to lawbreakers.
  • End dual loyalty. Mexico must repeal its law that allows Mexican immigrants and U.S.-born offspring dual nationality. Individuals must be either Americans or Mexicans – not both. And Mexican candidates must stop politicking in America for votes in elections south of the border.
  • Live up to treaty obligations. Mexico owes America 1.4 million acre-feet of water under a 1944 treaty. South Texas farmers count on that water from the Rio Grande. Mexico must supply the water it swore to supply. It also must repudiate the radical Atzlan movement, which seeks to forcibly seize America’s Southwest that Mexico gave up under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • Open up oil. Mexico should stop cooperating with OPEC, break up its own nationalized oil production monopoly, allow American private investment in its newly privatized oil companies, and let the free market set production and prices.
  • Punish consular officers who posed as American officials. The six Mexican consular officers who allegedly represented themselves as INS agents January 15, if guilty, should be fired. Mexican officials must stop interfering with American law enforcement, such as the high-speed chase in San Diego as alien smugglers fled American officers. The Mexican government must ensure that its officials not become accomplices in lawbreaking.
  • Start to behave like a friend and ally. Mexico has sided with France-and against the United States-regarding arms inspections in Iraq. Its foreign policy toward America is "Gulliver" diplomacy, according to its former foreign minister-"ensnarling the giant."
  • It has maintained diplomatic relations with Castro’s Communist Cuba. Mexican President Vicente Fox was the first head of Mexico in eight years to visit Cuba and has called the Mexico-Cuba relationship "deep and solid." Fox advocates a "global tax" that robs developed nations (read: America) and redistributes wealth to poor countries (read: Mexico). Fox chose Sept. 11, 2002, to pull out of the 1947 Rio pact, which pledges each country in the Americas to defend against attack on any.

    Until these conditions are satisfied, there should be no deals of any kind for Mexico. Mexico must learn that friendship between nations is a two-way street. America’s long-term well-being and fidelity to our own fundamental principles are far more important than ill-conceived, short-term political pandering to an unfaithful "friend."

    James Edwards is coauthor of "The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform."

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