Here is one, rarely spoken, justification for an open border with Mexico: “Well, we’ve done so many bad things to Mexico in the past, the compensation has to be unlimited immigration.”
If that’s the case, then along with opening the border, the US government would naturally stop doing bad things to Mexico now. Right?
A White House that believes in the past guilt of other administrations would, without question, clean up its own act now.
If not, then the whole pose of apology and humanity is a sham and a scam.
So let’s look at a few present facts.
NAFTA. Obama, during his 2008 Presidential campaign, said he would take another look at that treaty. It needed to be reexamined.
Perhaps he did take a subsequent look, down to the left and far away, as he was flying toward Hawaii on one of his vacations.
NAFTA. From The Guardian, 4 Jan. 2014, “NAFTA: 20 years of regret for Mexico,” by Mark Weisbrot:
“The most basic measure of economic progress, especially for a developing country like Mexico, is the growth of income (or GDP) per person. Out of 20 Latin American countries…Mexico ranks 18, with growth of less than 1% annually since 1994 [when NAFTA went into effect].
“Millions of Mexicans were displaced from farming, for example, after being forced into competition with subsidized and high-productivity agribusiness in the United States, thanks to NAFTA’s rules.”
Truthdig.com, Jan. 9, 2014, “After 20 years, NAFTA leaves Mexico’s economy in ruins,” by Sonali Kolhatkar:
“What in fact happened under NAFTA was that heavily subsidized U.S. corn flooded the Mexican market, putting millions of [Mexican] farmers out of work. Multinational corporations opened up factories creating low-wage [Mexican] jobs at the expense of organized labor and the environment. This, in turn, drove waves of migration north.”
Read that last sentence again.
The truthdig piece extensively quotes Manuel Perez-Rocha, “an associate fellow at the institute for Policy Studies”:
“All these new analyses about how Mexico is becoming a more middle-class society [under NAFTA] and able to buy more products from the United States—it’s just baloney.
“Before NAFTA, I still remember how my father would take me to different industries in which Mexico would manufacture its own tractors and buses. We had an industry that was completely dismantled [by NAFTA] to give way to bigger corporations from the United States to use Mexico as an assembly plant for exporting cars back to the United States. And this hasn’t produced the boom of [Mexican] jobs that was promised. So in the end what NAFTA did was destroy the Mexican national industry and destroy a lot of jobs.
“…the devastation of the Mexican countryside and of the livelihoods of farmers to give way to a narco-economy that has inundated Mexico. This has become very evident in the past few years. [Economic devastation; more unemployed workers and farmers, trying to make a living, join the ‘narco-economy.’]
“…there has been an increase in export-oriented agriculture [from Mexico] that relies on fossil fuels, chemicals, genetically modified organisms, and the excessive use of water. There has also been an expansion of environmentally destructive mining activities in Mexico. There’s been more mining in the last 10 years than in the whole colonial period. There have been higher levels of air and water pollution as associated with the growth of the maquiladora factories [relocated US manufacturing operations in a NAFTA ‘free-trade’ Mexican zone]. And there has been a progressive weakening of domestic environmental safeguards and expanded powers to [relocated US] corporations to challenge environmental policies.”
Kolhatkar concludes his devastating article with a statement that leaves no doubt about Obama’s current intentions, vis-à-vis changing the US stance toward Mexico:
“Today, the Obama administration, which did not even acknowledge the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, is eyeing a new, grander trade deal in the image of NAFTA called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is a secret deal being negotiated by the Obama administration directly with various nations. Activists have called it ‘NAFTA on Steroids.’ Obama is seeking ‘fast-track authority’ on the deal, whereby elected [US Congressional] representatives would be allowed to vote on only the entire agreement without being party to negotiations over the details. WikiLeaks recently published a leaked draft chapter of the agreement that has confirmed some of the worst suspicions of activists opposing it. One expert called it ‘A Christmas wish list for major corporations.’”
In other words, the idea that open borders are a humane response to, and an apology for, past US transgressions against Mexico is utter and complete fabrication.
Obama, and whoever his successor is, aim to wage economic war against Mexico at a new and higher level.
One of the results, as mentioned above? This will force new waves of immigrants in Mexico to come north, to the US.
Do you see this issue more clearly now? Increased immigration northward was always an expected outcome of NAFTA. And so it will be under the TPP.
This is a succession of Presidents—Clinton, Bush, Obama—pushing for immigration as if were an act of kindness (“give us your huddled masses”), when it was a cold calculated safety-valve solution to enable big US corporations to do business in Mexico and make their profits soar, as they put huge numbers of Mexican workers out in the cold.
The elite strategy? “Don’t leave all those angry unemployed workers at the doors of US corporations in Mexico. Who knows what they might do? Let them come to the US for a better life. We’ll prepare the US population to accept them…”
Of course, as US corporations shuttered their doors in America and moved south to Mexico, US unemployment soared, and so did the US trade deficit.
Cover stories were needed to obscure the naked truth. The 2007-08 economic collapse in the US was used for that purpose.
More directly, the Obama administration simply lied about facts and figures. For example, as Public Citizen has pointed out:
“By counting products made offshore as ‘U.S. exports,’ this scam would hide the devastation of U.S. manufacturing…U.S. firms like Apple that have offshored their production jobs would be reclassified as ‘factoryless goods’ manufacturers. An iPhone made in China and sold in Europe would somehow perversely count as a U.S. manufactured export. This would deceptively deflate the reported U.S. manufacturing trade deficit—and artificially inflate the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs. Apple’s brand managers and programmers would suddenly be counted as ‘manufacturing’ workers!”
And that’s where we are. That’s a central thread of the story behind immigration and open borders. And that, to a significant degree, is the history of the Obama Presidency; a giant scam perpetrated on the American people, causing much, much suffering.
When Obama first took office in 2008, several of his closest advisors expected that his first shot out of the gate would be: creating jobs amid massive American unemployment.
They were shocked when, against their advice, he went for national health insurance.
What they failed to realize was their President had a mission that superseded jobs and employment. He was tasked with protecting the mega-corporations who were benefiting from the free-trade treaties, like NAFTA.
He willingly, and with full knowledge, accepted that covert role.
Massive unemployment in the US? Grotesque consequences for the people of Mexico? Not a problem.
Obama is another in a line of Globalist Presidents. That’s what he was in 2008, and that’s what he is now.
Perhaps some of the people who couldn’t believe the facts I presented over a year ago, when I called Obama Monsanto’s man in Washington, will now begin to understand what is going on.
Monsanto is one more mega-corporation the President is pledged to protect.
Romney? Jeb Bush? Hillary? Elizabeth Warren? They have saluted, and will continue to salute Globalism and free trade and economic devastation, in whatever jobs they may hold, as of 2016.
Those who keep sucking at the left-right political teat, arguing progressive vs. conservative, and elevating their favorite “heroes,” are missing the bigger picture by miles.
They keep congratulating themselves on their ideology, while those heroes of theirs—front men and women for elite crime bosses—bathe in the stench of the Globalist Syndicate.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.