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Mexico To Get "Sovereign Territory" in Kansas City; America's Heartland[Phyllis Schlafly]
Christian World view Network ^ | 04 April 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly

Posted on 04/09/2007 3:30:46 AM PDT by Dacb

Grassroots Americans of all parties and economic classes rose up out of their political apathy a few months ago and forced President Bush to reverse his administration's decision to allow a Middle East government to own America's major ports. But the push for foreign ownership continues: the next port scheduled to be taken over is Kansas City, Missouri.

Even though public schools stopped teaching geography a couple of decades ago, most Americans (especially residents of the Show Me state) are surprised to learn that Kansas City (where the only waves are "amber waves of grain") is a port. We are also surprised, and shocked, to discover that Mexico will be running its own inspection facility.

The plan, shrouded in secrecy, has been in the works for at least three years, but it is now coming to light because of the diligent use of Missouri's Sunshine law by concerned citizens. Joyce Mucci and Francis Semler forced the release of the emails from Kansas City to Mexico, including one admitting that "The space [in Kansas City] would need to be designated as Mexican sovereign territory."

SmartPort spokesmen are now running away from this written admission, blaming "the problems and pressure the media attention has created." However, the stubborn sovereignty issue won't go away; the plan does involve setting up Mexican customs officials in downtown Kansas City.

The mechanism for this deal is a "nonprofit" business economic development corporation called Kansas City SmartPort Inc., whose president is Chris J.F. Gutierrez. The deal calls for Kansas City to lease the valuable property at 1447 Liberty Street.

As laid out on SmartPort's website, the plan is to enable cheap-labor products made in Communist China to travel in sealed "containers nonstop from the Far East by way of Mexico," through "a ships-to-rail terminal at the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico," then up "the evolving trade corridor" to Kansas City, Missouri, where they would have their first inspection.

A Kansas City SmartPort brochure explains further: "Kansas City offers the opportunity for sealed cargo containers to travel to Mexican port cities with virtually no border delays."

A key purpose of the project is to take jobs away from U.S. longshoremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach who earn $140,000 a year and replace them with Mexican laborers at $10,000 a year. U.S. truck drivers and railroad workers will likewise be replaced by Mexicans.

The port of Lazaro Cardenas on the west coast of southern Mexico is controlled by Hutchison Whampoa, the same giant Hong Kong shipping firm that owns the ports at both ends of the Panama Canal. The Chinese-made goods will be carried by Kansas City Southern Railway de Mexico directly to Kansas City, where freight will be distributed east and west and on to Canada.

Kansas City Southern was originally just a belt rail around Kansas City but, after buying various Mexican rail companies and tracks, KCS now controls a 2,600-mile artery from Lazaro Cardenas to Kansas City. KCS's president, Michael Haverty, was one of only five U.S. businessmen who met with Presidents Bush and Vicente Fox, along with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at their Cancun Summit in March.

Mexico was at first expected to pay for the big, expensive machines to conduct high-tech gamma-ray screening for drive-through inspections of containers, but Mexico declined the honor. SmartPort has applied for a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (i.e., to get the U.S. taxpayers to pay for the machines).

The Kansas City city council has already earmarked $2.5 million in loans and $600,000 in direct aid (of taxpayers' money) to SmartPort, which would build and own the facility and then sublet it to the Mexican government. The cost could go as high as $6 million because Kansas City has an existing lease that runs through 2045 on the same property with the 107-year-old American Royal, which uses that land for its annual livestock/rodeo/barbecue event.

The last piece in finalizing this project is getting the U.S. State Department to approve the Mexican operation on U.S. soil by signing off on what is called the C-175 document. It has already been approved by U.S. Customs.

Meanwhile, NASCO (North America's SuperCorridor Coalition), another non-profit business organization, has taken on the mission of building an "international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system" from Lazaro Cardenas through Kansas City and up to Winnipeg, Canada. This will allow Mexican trucks to haul goods along a 12-lane superhighway through the heartland of the United States.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Mexico; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: aliens; china; cuespookymusic; duncanhunter; everythingisuptodate; freight; immigrant; immigration; kansascity; kc; mexican; mexicans; mexico; nafta; nasco; port; ports; smartport; sovereignty; usa

1 posted on 04/09/2007 3:30:50 AM PDT by Dacb
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To: Dacb

2 posted on 04/09/2007 3:51:07 AM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.)
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To: Dacb

Kansas City is now the Mexico/US border. Thanks, Jorge.


3 posted on 04/09/2007 3:51:26 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Dacb

” “containers nonstop from the Far East by way of Mexico,” through “a ships-to-rail terminal at the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico,” then up “the evolving trade corridor” to Kansas City, Missouri, where they would have their first inspection.

A Kansas City SmartPort brochure explains further: “Kansas City offers the opportunity for sealed cargo containers to travel to Mexican port cities with virtually no border delays.””

A new way for China to bomb the U.S. ‘What’s that ticking I hear, Miguel?”


4 posted on 04/09/2007 3:52:43 AM PDT by RoadTest (Get our Marines out of Pendleton's Kangaroo court!)
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To: Flyer; humblegunner; Allegra; TheMom; Xenalyte; thackney; Eaker; Dashing Dasher; stevie_d_64; ...

Ping


5 posted on 04/09/2007 3:57:12 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: RoadTest

North American Union.


6 posted on 04/09/2007 4:06:09 AM PDT by Dallas59 (AL GORE STALKED ME ON 2/25/2007!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; GarySpFc

An extension of the notorious Trans-Texas Corridor. Will this thing ever go away?


7 posted on 04/09/2007 4:16:50 AM PDT by Sarajevo
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To: Dacb
A key purpose of the project is to take jobs away from U.S. longshoremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach who earn $140,000 a year and replace them with Mexican laborers at $10,000 a year. U.S. truck drivers and railroad workers will likewise be replaced by Mexicans.

Welcome to Free Republic :)

I was watching CNN, and employers are practically dancing in the street over H1-B visas. Can't remember the exact amount, but someone with the same skills as an American/legal resident is quite a bit lower.

Now what does Uncle Sam plan on doing with all these displaced workers?

8 posted on 04/09/2007 4:19:10 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
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To: Dacb

In all honesty who cares where Mexico decides to inspect cargo incoming to their Country?...... That is the purpose of the Mexican Customs in KC is to inspect cargo entering Mexico from the US. If inspected in KC then it doesn’t have to stop and wait customs clearance at the border...


9 posted on 04/09/2007 4:27:24 AM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

> I was watching CNN, and employers are practically
> dancing in the street over H1-B visas.

No wonder, when a longshoreman earns $140k!


10 posted on 04/09/2007 4:29:25 AM PDT by MikeGranby
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To: Dacb

The *Powers that be* realize the opposition to the TTC and will use the influx of 1000s of nasty Mexican trucks to *persuade* people otherwise.

If you can’t beat them, beat them some more.


11 posted on 04/09/2007 4:31:31 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Semi-Conservatism Won't Cut It)
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To: Dacb

Our nation is being run by corrupt people who don’t care what we think.

I think it might be impossible to save America Inc. from being irreversibly damaged.


12 posted on 04/09/2007 4:32:56 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

“I was watching CNN, and employers are practically dancing in the street over H1-B visas. “

Did they raise the caps on H1-Bs?


13 posted on 04/09/2007 4:33:13 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: Dacb

My tagline says it all.


14 posted on 04/09/2007 4:39:59 AM PDT by Nephi (Open borders is the flip side of the free trade coin. It's time for Protectionism.)
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To: Dacb

This is why we NEED Duncan Hunter as President. These little deals will kill us all in the long term. He is the only candidate that sees the problem with unfair trade with China and giving Mexico the keys to the kingdom. He wants to keep American jobs here.


15 posted on 04/09/2007 4:43:54 AM PDT by panthermom (DUNCAN HUNTER 2008)
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To: deport

“In all honesty who cares where Mexico decides to inspect cargo incoming to their Country?...... That is the purpose of the Mexican Customs in KC is to inspect cargo entering Mexico from the US. If inspected in KC then it doesn’t have to stop and wait customs clearance at the border”

Are you serious?


16 posted on 04/09/2007 4:57:19 AM PDT by Lobbyist
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To: Lobbyist

This proposed customs house will only inspect cargo leaving the US and entering Mexico. Not the reverse of leaving Mexico and entering the US. Or that is what I’ve read thus I don’t really care if Mexico decides to clear it in KC, San Antonio, Alberta, NY, etc. It’s their problem.

JMO and yours may differ.


17 posted on 04/09/2007 5:08:59 AM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: MikeGranby

140k? Yikes!


18 posted on 04/09/2007 5:15:15 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
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To: webstersII

Well the amount so far is 30,000 visas. They are trying to push for more. Bill Gates was shown at a hearing. I used to have some respect for him.


19 posted on 04/09/2007 5:18:41 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
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To: Dacb

I’m glad the neo-con’s came along, it was sooo boring living in a sovereign nation without a global economy./sarc.


20 posted on 04/09/2007 5:31:51 AM PDT by gitmogrunt ("Democrats and Republicans, not a dime's bit of difference" Gov.George C.Wallace)
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To: Dacb
decision to allow a Middle East government to own America's major ports.

So much for the author's credibility...
21 posted on 04/09/2007 5:54:02 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: self

Read later.


22 posted on 04/09/2007 5:56:18 AM PDT by JockoManning (CHRIST IS RISEN, THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!)
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To: Dacb

I don’t know what to say.


23 posted on 04/09/2007 5:56:30 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama; Dog Gone

More on Mexico leasing “sovereign territory” in KC.


24 posted on 04/09/2007 5:59:12 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Dacb
National sovereignty is so 20th century.
25 posted on 04/09/2007 6:02:40 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: Sarajevo
An extension of the notorious Trans-Texas Corridor. Will this thing ever go away?

This is the first time I have *ever* urged on Democrats in this forum.

If they really want to impeach Bush, this is the issue.

Have a press conference about "selling out the country" and Mexican sovereign territory in Kansas City; and mention that uninspected sealed Cargo, straight from China, will come in Mexican ports and be sent through the heartland. Then replay the clip of the little girl and the daisies from the Goldwater commercial...

Swush Ballows.

NO cheers, unfortunately.

26 posted on 04/09/2007 6:04:09 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Lobbyist

As I understand it, the Kansas City facility is for the pre-inspection of goods traveling from the United States into Mexico. It mirrors facilities in Mexico that the United States uses for the pre-inspection of goods entering the United States from Mexico. It is NOT Mexican Sovereign territory. US laws will apply there.


27 posted on 04/09/2007 6:04:43 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Past the schoolhouse / Take it slow / Let the little / Shavers grow / BURMA-SHAVE)
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To: grey_whiskers

I take it that you want to remove U.S. Customs officials from all our “sovereign territory” overseas, and return them here?


28 posted on 04/09/2007 6:07:36 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Dacb

Since we continue electing globalists, I guess it’s time to develop a ‘Republican’ attitude...

I’ve spent years defending the Constitution and sovereignty of the US, to no avail...

So tell me fellow Republican FReepers, How do I get on the bandwagon to make a fast buck off my fellow Americans while they’ve still got some money to spend???


29 posted on 04/09/2007 6:11:36 AM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: 1rudeboy
I take it that you want to remove U.S. Customs officials from all our “sovereign territory” overseas, and return them here?

No, I'm very much approving of double standard which are in my favor. ;-)

(Think of the opportunities for terrorism or for smuggling in gazillions MORE illegal aliens...)

No cheers, unfortunately.

30 posted on 04/09/2007 6:16:27 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Dacb
"...The plan, shrouded in secrecy, has been in the works for at least three years,...."

They have been talking about this since I was in college 30years ago. It is no secret.

31 posted on 04/09/2007 6:20:38 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: grey_whiskers
Here are a couple of maps that further shoot down the Kook Theory on the KC Port.

This first map shows Mexican freight tonnage on US Highways in 1998. Notice how little of it goes to KC.

This second map shows 2020 projections of Mexican freight. Notice how little of it goes to KC.


32 posted on 04/09/2007 6:26:14 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Dacb

“take jobs away from U.S. longshoremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach who earn $140,000 a year and replace them with Mexican laborers at $10,000 a year”?

Reminds me of an old “All in the Family” episode in which a newly-hired female forklift driver was going to suggest that a ramp up from the warehouse floor would allow her to pick stuff outa trucks in one smooth move, until Archie complained that moving stuff from the dock to the floor was his entire job. Vivid memories of an old US News story that compared $16 Mexican Chrysler welders output and quality to $36+benefits ($55/hour?) Americans...


33 posted on 04/09/2007 6:57:47 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: 1rudeboy
It’s a shame when someone I respect, Phyllis Schlafly, starts to sound like Paul Craig Roberts.
34 posted on 04/09/2007 7:06:10 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Why are protectionists (and goldbugs) so bad at math?)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
140k? Yikes!

And they're such nice, accommodating people, too! (sarcasm)

35 posted on 04/09/2007 7:19:49 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Dacb

Slippery Slope Alert


36 posted on 04/09/2007 7:23:37 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there)
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To: Dacb
Mexico To Get "Sovereign Territory" in Kansas City; America's Heartland

Isn't that special? A nice, central location. And I'm sure any shamnesty law would have a loophole allowing travel to this location to apply for amnesty, instead of going back to Mexico proper.

37 posted on 04/09/2007 8:09:29 AM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: Ben Ficklin
This second map shows 2020 projections of Mexican freight. Notice how little of it goes to KC.

This is about opening up Western Canada for Mexican freight, IMO. It's a straight shot up I-29 from Kansas City.

38 posted on 04/09/2007 8:11:31 AM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: dirtboy
"opening up Western Canada for Mexican freight"

Wrong. Having a Mexican customs official located in KC is an attempt to make I 35 the most desirable route to move ag product from the western plains of the US and Canada to Mexico and Mexican ports. It would give that route a competative advantage over the Ports to Plains corridor aka the meat and wheat corridor.

39 posted on 04/09/2007 8:21:56 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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Yea, but the ONE $140K longshoreman pays a lot more taxes than the 14 $10K workers (who will pay NONE because they are all low income).


40 posted on 04/09/2007 9:49:08 AM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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Missouri ping
Low volume ping list (normally)
FReepmail me to be on, or off, this list

I say we cede NO property to Mexico.

41 posted on 04/09/2007 9:52:52 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Clock King

> Yea, but the ONE $140K longshoreman pays a lot more
> taxes than the 14 $10K workers (who will pay NONE
> because they are all low income).

True, but if the unions didn’t have the ports tied down so tight, the employers would be able to hire the many US citizens who would do the job for a reasonable wage without having to worry about importing cheap labor. There’s no way $140k is the market price for that kind of work — except when the market is distorted by organized labor.


42 posted on 04/09/2007 11:43:45 AM PDT by MikeGranby
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To: GreenLanternCorps

If it is not going to be the sovereign territory of Mexico (where the Mexican customs officials will be doing their inspections) then there is no need for the State Department to be involved.

Additionally, Mexican customs officials can only enforce their law on their territory. Our pre-inspection facilities at airports, etc. are the sovereign territory of the U.S. If it wasn’t we could not enforce our Customs laws.


43 posted on 04/09/2007 11:48:46 AM PDT by Lobbyist
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To: MikeGranby
There’s no way $140k is the market price for that kind of work — except when the market is distorted by organized labor.You're right. I didn't say it but I was thinking the same thing.
44 posted on 04/09/2007 12:01:14 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: Dacb

Damn, at this moment, it has NOT been moved to chat. Miracles do happen.


45 posted on 04/09/2007 3:36:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: Quix

US Sovereignty being sold down the river ping.


46 posted on 04/09/2007 8:52:35 PM PDT by JockoManning (CHRIST IS RISEN, THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!)
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To: Ben Ficklin
Will respond later self-*PING*!

Cheers!

47 posted on 04/12/2007 6:12:19 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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