Skip to comments.The Border is Vanishing as Mexico Pushes North
Posted on 09/11/2012 6:08:11 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
Americas foreign policy emanates from the domestic condition of its society, and nothing will affect that society more than the dramatic movement of Latino history northward. Mexicos 111 million people plus Central Americas 40 million add up to half the population of the United States. Eighty-five percent of all Mexicos exports go to the United States, even as half of all Central Americas trade is with the U.S. While the median age of Americans is nearly 37, the median age is 25 in Mexico and even lower in Central America (20 in Guatemala and Honduras, for example). The destiny of the United States will be northsouth, rather than the eastwest sea to shining sea of continental and patriotic myth.
Half the length of Americas southern frontier is an artificial line in the desert, established by treaties following the Mexican-American War of 18461848. I have described before how crossing this border, having traveled by bus north from Mexico City, was as much of a shock for me as crossing the Jordan-Israel border and the Berlin Wall. Surrounded by beggars on the broken sidewalk of Nogales, Sonora, I stared at the American flag indicating the border. The pedestrian crossing point to Nogales, Ariz., was in a small building. Merely by touching the door handle, I entered a new physical world. The solidly constructed handle with its high-quality metal, the clean glass, and the precise manner in which the rooms ceramic tiles were fitted seemed a revelation after weeks amid slipshod Mexican construction.
There were only two people in the room: an immigration official and a customs official. Neither talked to the other. In government enclosures of that size in Mexico and other Third World countries, there were always crowds of officials and hangers-on, lost in animated conversation. Soon, as in Israel, I was inside a perfectly standardized yet cold and alienating environment, with empty streets and the store logos made of tony polymers rather than of rusted metal and cheap plastic. After weeks of turbulence and semi-anarchy, these quiet streets appeared vulnerable, unnatural even. Arnold Toynbee writes, in reference to the barbarians and Rome, that when a frontier between a highly and less highly developed society ceases to advance, the balance does not settle down to a stable equilibrium but inclines, with the passage of time, in the more backward societys favor.
Since 1940, Mexicos population has risen more than fivefold. Today it has swelled to more than a third the population of the United States, and it continues to grow at a faster rate. East Coast elites display relatively little interest in Mexico, focusing instead on the wider world and Americas place in it. Americas southern neighbor registers far less in the elite imagination than does Israel or China, or India even. Yet Mexico could affect Americas destiny more than any of those countries.
Mexico exhibits no geographical unity. Two great mountain ranges, the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Sierra Madre Oriental, lie on either side of a rugged central plateau. Then there are other, crosscutting mountain ranges, mainly in the south: the Sierra Madre del Sur, the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca, and so on. Mexico is so mountainous that if it were flattened, it would be the size of Asia. The Yucatán Peninsula and Baja California are both essentially separate from the rest of Mexico, which is itself infernally divided. This is the context to understand northern Mexicos ongoing, undeclared, substantially unreported, and undeniable unification with the southwestern United States and consequent separation from the rest of Mexico.
Northern Mexicos population has more than doubled since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1994. The U.S. dollar is now a common unit of exchange as far south as Culiacán, halfway to Mexico City. Northern Mexico is responsible for 87 percent of all maquiladora (duty-free) manufacturing and 85 percent of all U.S.-Mexico trade. The northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, one of the countrys largest, is intimately connected with the Texas banking, manufacturing, and energy industries. David Danelo, a former U.S. Marine now working for U.S. customs who has studied northern Mexico extensively and has traveled throughout all six Mexican border states, told me he has yet to meet a person there with more than one degree of separation from the United States. As he told me, Northern Mexico retains a sense of cultural polarity; frontier norteños see themselves as the antithesis of Mexico Citys [city slicker] chilangos.
Northern Mexico contains its own geographical divisions. The lowlands and desert of Sonora in the west are generally stable; the Rio Grande basin in the east is the most developed and interconnected with the United Statesculturally, economically, and hydrologicallyand has benefited the most from NAFTA. In the center are mountains and steppes, which are virtually lawless: witness the border city of Ciudad Juárez, the murder capital of Mexico, where 700 people were killed in the early months of 2010 alone. In 2009 more than 2,600 died violently in the city of 1.2 million; some 200,000 more may have fled. In Chihuahua, the state where Ciudad Juárez is located, the homicide rate was 143 per 100,000one of the worst in the Western Hemisphere. The northern mountains and steppe have always been the bastion of Mexicos tribes: the drug cartels, Mennonites, Yaqui Indians, and so forth. This harsh frontier was difficult for the Spanish to tame. Later on, in the 1880s, it was a lair for Geronimo and his Apaches. Think of other remote highlands that provided refuge for insurgents: the Chinese communists in Shaanxi, the Cuban revolutionaries in the Sierra Maestra, and al Qaeda and the Taliban in Waziristan. The drug cartels come out of this geographical tradition.
Most of the drug-related homicides have occurred in only six of Mexicos 32 states, mostly in the north. Thats another indicator of how northern Mexico is separating out from the rest of the country (though the violence in Veracruz and the regions of Michoacán and Guerrero is also notable). If the military-led offensive to crush the drug cartels completely falters, and Mexico City goes back to cutting deals with the cartels, then the capital may in a functional sense lose control of the north, with grave implications for the United States. If that happens, writes Robert C. Bonner, former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States will share a 2,000-mile border with a narcostate controlled by powerful transnational drug cartels that threaten the stability of Central and South America.
The late Harvard professor Samuel Huntington, who made a career out of clairvoyance, devoted his last book to the challenge that Mexico posed to the United States. In Who Are We? The Challenges to Americas National Identity, Huntington posited that Latino history was demographically moving north into the U.S. and would consequently change the American character. Huntington argues that it is a partial truth, not a total truth, that America is a nation of immigrants: America is a nation of Anglo-Protestant settlers and immigrants both, with the former providing the philosophical and cultural backbone of the society. For only by adopting Anglo-Protestant culture do immigrants become American. Dissent, individualism, republicanism ultimately all devolve from Protestantism. While the American Creed is Protestantism without God, the American civil religion is Christianity without Christ. But this creed, Huntington reasons, might be subtly undone by an advancing Hispanic, Catholic, pre-Enlightenment society. Mexican immigration is leading toward the demographic reconquista of areas Americans took from Mexico by force in the 1830s and 1840s, Huntington writes. It is also blurring the border between Mexico and America, introducing a very different culture.
Boston College professor Peter Skerry writes that one of Huntingtons more startlingly original and controversial insights is that while Americans champion diversity, todays immigrant wave is actually the least diverse in our history. To be sure, Skerry continues, paraphrasing Huntington, non-Hispanic immigrants are more diverse than ever. But overall, the 50 percent of immigrants who are Hispanic make for a much less diverse cohort than ever. For Huntington, this diminished diversity makes assimilation less likely. And as David Kennedy observes, the variety and dispersal of the immigrant stream smoothed the progress of assimilation. Today, however, one large immigrant stream is flowing into a defined region from a single cultural, linguistic, religious, and national source: Mexico ... The sobering fact is that the United States has had no experience comparable to what is now taking place in the Southwest. By 2050, one third of the population of the United States could be Spanish-speaking.
Geography is at the forefront of these arguments. Here is Huntington: No other immigrant group in American history has asserted or has been able to assert a historical claim to American territory. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans can and do make that claim. Most of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah were part of Mexico until the 183536 Texan War of Independence and the 184648 Mexican-American War. Consequently, as Skerry points out, Mexicans arrive in the United States, settle in areas of the country that were once part of their homeland, and so enjoy a sense of being on their own turf that other immigrants do not share. Huntington points out that a nation is a remembered communitythat is, one with a historical memory of itself. Mexican-Americans are for the first time in Americas history amending our historical memory. By 2000, six of 12 important cities on the U.S. side of the border were more than 90 percent Hispanic, and only two (San Diego and Yuma, Ariz.) were less than 50 percent Hispanic.
The blurring of Americas Southwestern frontier is becoming a geographical fact that all the security devices on the border cannot invalidate. Nevertheless, while I admire Huntingtons ability to isolate and expose a fundamental dilemma that others in academia and the media are too polite to address, I do not completely agree with his conclusions. Huntington believes in a firm reliance on American nationalism in order to preserve its Anglo-Protestant culture and values in the face of the partial Latinoization of our society. I believe that while geography does not necessarily determine the future, it does set contours on what is achievable and what isnt. And the organic connection between Mexico and America is simply too overwhelming. Huntington correctly derides cosmopolitanism (and imperialism too) as elite visions. But a certain measure of cosmopolitanism, Huntington to the contrary, is inevitable and not to be disparaged.
America, I believe, will emerge in the course of the 21st century as a civilization oriented from north to south, from Canada to Mexico, rather than as an east-to-west, racially lighter-skinned island in the temperate zone stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This multiracial assemblage will be one of sprawling suburban city-states, each nurturing its own economic relationships throughout the world, as technology continues to collapse distances. America, in my vision, would become the globes preeminent duty-free hot zone for business transactions, a favorite place of residence for the global elite. In the tradition of Rome, it will continue to use its immigration laws to asset-strip the world of its best and brightest and to further diversify an immigrant population that, as Huntington fears, is defined too much by Mexicans. Nationalism will be, perforce, diluted a bit, but not so much as to deprive America of its unique identity or to undermine its military.
But this vision requires a successful Mexico, not a failed state. If outgoing President Felipe Calderón and his successors can break the back of the drug cartels (a very difficult prospect, to say the least), then the United States will have achieved a strategic victory greater than any possible in the Middle East. A stable and prosperous Mexico, working in organic concert with the United States, would be an unbeatable combination in geopolitics. A post-cartel Mexico combined with a stabilized and pro-U.S. Colombia (now almost a fact) would fuse together the Western Hemispheres largest, third-largest, and fourth-largest countries in terms of population, easing Americas continued sway over Latin America and the Greater Caribbean. In a word, Boston University historian Andrew Bacevich is correct when he suggests that fixing Mexico is more important than fixing Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, as Bacevich claims, Mexico is a possible disaster, and our concentration on the Greater Middle East has diverted us from it. If the present course continues, it will lead to more immigration, legal and especially illegal, creating the scenario that Huntington fears. Calderóns offensive against the drug lords has claimed 50,000 lives since 2006, with close to 4,000 victims in the first half of 2010 alone. Moreover, the cartels have graduated to military-style assaults, with complex traps set and escape routes closed off. These are war fighting tactics theyre using, concludes Javier Cruz Angulo, a Mexican security expert. Its gone way beyond the normal strategies of organized crime. Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign-policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, writes: If that trend persists, it is an extremely worrisome development for the health, perhaps even the viability, of the Mexican state.
The weaponry used by the cartels is generally superior to that of the Mexican police and comparable to that of the Mexican military. Coupled with military-style tactics, the cartels can move, in Carpenters words, from being mere criminal organizations to being a serious insurgency. United Nations peacekeepers have deployed in places with less violence than Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana. Already police officers and local politicians are resigning their posts for fear of assassination, and Mexican business and political elites are sending their families out of the country, even as there is sustained middle- and upper-middle-class flight to the United States.
Mexico is now at a crossroads: it is either in the early phase of finally taking on the cartels, or it is sinking into further disorderor both. As of this writing, violence is dropping significantly, but thats mainly because the cartels are consolidating their control. What the United States does could be pivotal. And yet the U.S. security establishment has been engaged in other notoriously corrupt and unstable societies half a world awayIraq until 2011 and Afghanistan at least until 2014. Unlike those places, the record of U.S. military involvement in the Mexican border area is one of reasonable success. As Danelo points out, during the 19th and 20th centuries, the United States and Mexico reduced banditry on the border through binational cooperation. From 1881 to 1910, Mexican President Porfirio Díaz joined with American presidents to jointly patrol the border. Mexican rurales rode with Texas Rangers in pursuing the Comanche. In Arizona, Mexican and American soldiers mounted joint campaigns against Apaches.
Today, the job of thwarting drug cartels in rugged and remote terrain is a job for the military, quietly assisting Mexican authorities and subordinate to them. But the legal framework for such cooperation barely exists. While we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars to affect historical outcomes in Eurasia, we are curiously passive about what is happening to a country with which we share a long land border, that verges on disorder, and whose population is close to double that of Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
The economy is causing many illegal aliens to leave, but we need to do much more.
Not going to get better with the bandit Obaba gang arming the Mexican drug gangs with civilian and military grade weapons.
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Ha! Get bent, Newsweak.
More of what muchacho?
"mexicans" can cite between 15 years (TX) and 26 years (CA) of 'homeland'..before that it was Spanish and before that it was several dozens of antagonistic indian tribes; "mexicans" were handed a territory, failed in administrating it, reneged on their own constitution (1828-1836) and handed it over almost immediately to the USA - finally selling us the disputed tracts. So what's to complain about?
So, Iberians ("Hispanic"), Hopi, Zuni, Pima, Chumash, a few Apache, etc. can claim to have a sense of being on their own turf - but mexicans/LaRaza do not!
(The "San Miguel band of mission indians" may have a claim to homeland, but not to nationhood - or treaty protected casinos.)
I'm really tired of this crap, if Northern mexico wants to become a separate state let it do so - and build a big honking wall. We'd be far better off with that solution than with a hand-full of already failed mexican states impinging themselves and their untrained, unwilling, and unlawful jetsam into the USA.
PS: all that said, mexico, or whatever mexico may become, should have a legitimate and equitable immigration quota, no different than China or Scotland, and those who come here properly must be given the same basic rights as any other immigrant - and adhere to the same restrictions and expectations.
NARRATIVE The Congressional Hispanic Institute, Inc, is an entity organized by Cong Joe Baca (D-California) in his capacity as head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Cong Baca created "HOGAR" (Spanish for home) in 2003 to work with the mortgage industry, lender and banks and latino community groups to increase mortgage lending to what savvy observers considered to be unqualified Latinos.
"HOGAR" colluded w/ Cong BAca in what was to become a massive bilking of taxpayers. Cong Baca calculatedly hyped the fact that the national Latino homeownership rate was 47%, compared with 68% for the overall population.
HOGAR was coached to call the figure "alarming," and to say "a concerted effort was required to ensure that by the end of the decade Latinos will share equally in the American Dream of home ownership."
HOGAR and Cong Baca conned the public, failing to note that most of the "dreamers" were illegals, citizens of Third World countries who had violated US borders.
Predictably, HOGAR colluded w/ co-conspirators which included:
(a) shaky mortgage companies that ran into big trouble;
(b) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both now under federal control after billions in taxpayer bailouts;
(c) Countrywide Financial Corp., sold to Bank of America Corp;
(d) Washington Mutual Inc., taken over by the US government and sold to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; and,
(e) New Century Financial Corp. and Ameriquest Mortgage Corp, both now defunct, killed by defaulted subprime Latino mortgages.
HOGAR's ties to the subprime mortgage industry were substantial. Bribery and self-dealing were rampant:
<><> Companies that donated $150,000 to Cong Baca got the right to have their own research fellow who would conduct fraudulent studies, which were cunningly used by industry lobbyists to pump lending.
<><> Bribery and extortion in the form of $100,000 annual donations to Cong Baca, for which HOGAR provided phony news releases from Cong Baca's Hispanic Caucus promoting a lender's commercial products to the Latino market,
<><> The most shocking example of bribery well-substantitated by Hogar's literature..... HOGAR announced it worked with Freddie Mac on a self-serving two-year examination of Latino homeownership in 63 congressional districts.
The "study" found Hispanic ownership on the rise thanks to "new flexible mortgage loan products" that the industry was adopting at the urging of Cong Baca's collusive coterie.
<><> HOGAR conned lenders into even more lenient down-payment and underwriting standards.
<><> As the subprime debacle unfolded, HOGAR declined repeated requests for comment despite the economic havoc their activities precipitated.
The mortgage schemes demonstrated the criminal activities of border violators with multiple identities---perhaps violent, terrorist-connected foreigners---colluding and conspiring to defraud private companies and public entities. And mortgage racketeering enterprises which employed sub rosa finance and business practices to carry out deceptions and frauds.
The alleged ring of swindlers---a Congresman, individuals with multiple identities, banks, insurance companies, mortgage nrokers--might be charged with cheating the US govt, taxpayers and bank share holders out of hundreds of millions of dollars via an elaborate web of mortgage and bank frauds.
The mortgage Dreamers used multiple phony identities, fraudulent Social Security numbers, purchased from identity forgers in order to obtain govt-subsidized benefits.
L/E will find that individuals with multiple identities obtained fraudulent mortgages then flipped the houses at ever-higher prices to family member who then absconded to foreign countries, sticking banks (and taxpayers) with hundreds of millions in fraudulent mortgages.
BACKGROUND A Wall Street Journal investigative report related that, according to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council examination of the borrowing spree, uncovered financial schemes by low-income housing groups, Hispanic lawmakers, a congressional Hispanic housing initiative, mortgage lenders and brokers, all colluding in fraduent schemes to increase homeownership among Latinos with forged documents which enabled massive fraud.
This was not simply the mortgage market at work. It was fueled by avarice, greed, and Congressional enabling fraudulent practices. In 2005 alone, mortgages to Hispanics jumped by 29%; Latinos with multiple fraudulent identities in low-paying jobs obtained subprime mortgages for prime properties---soaring to 169%.
(Research provided by Wall Street Journal. Some material excerpted from the NY Times
All attempts to lift the veil of criminality in the latino criminal underworld is met with cries of foul. But that should not be a deterrent. There's an abundance of evidence.
American taxpayers working for a living are slaving to pay taxes and household expenses----but these latinos are pouring over the border to rig the system for themselves---riding the US gravy train under multiple fraudulent identities. They pocket billions from the IRS from falsified EITC refunds. And jerks like Obama are aiding and abetting these frauds.
Every govt budget, agency, and bank account under Dem concention prop----San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's---- control should be examined with a fine-tooth comb for government fraud, racketeering, conspiracy, collusion, nepotism, secret LLC accounts, and money laundering, wire fraud, tax evasion, etc, etc, etc.
REFERENCE NY State Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (D-Bronx) stands accused of using a phony tax-funded nonprofit as her personal ATM, establishing a pattern of racketeering, conspiracy and collusion.
Rivera calculatedly used tax dollars to install her various lovers in tax-paid jobs: (1) to wine and dine her, (2) to bed her down, (3) to sign off on payments to her son and other relatives, and, (4) to illegally siphon off tax dollars for her election campaigns.
Rivera steered hundreds of thousands of tax dollars ostensibly to "help the poor" in the poverty-stricken Bronx slum---via the Bronx Council for Economic Development, controlled and tax-funded by the Rivera crime family.
The extended Rivera family is a collusive tight-knit coterie of political operatives in the crime-laced latino uderworld. Naomi Rivera is facing several state and federal probes for using tax dollars for sex, by giving two of her lovers government jobs.
Now, investigative news reports show Naomi's son GianCarlo Fret, 29, raked in tens of thousands of tax dollars in government jobs----and pocketed suspiciously odd amounts from public coffers that appear to be supportinng a "habit."
Giancarlo was a $22,335 student assistant at the NY state Department in 2008 and part of 2009.
At that time the NY State Dept was run by Lorraine Cortez-Vazquez, a former president of the Bronx-based tax-funded Hispanic Federation. The Federation scored an astounding $22 million in public funds (that they admit to). Cortez-Vasquez was also a board member of Naomi's non-profit--- the do-nothing tax-funded Bronx Council for Economic Development.
Naomi Rivera paid-off her son's live-in girlfriend, Ebony Rubio; Rivera hired Rubio as a "constituent liaison" in her tax-funded legislative office, paying Ebony Rubio up to $27,063 a year between 2008 and 2010, records show.
Rubio also got a suspicious-sounding $700 in 2007 from Riveras campaign war-chest and another $60 in 2008 from the Democrat partys treasury controlled by Naomi's father, Jose Rivera (also a state legislator and Dem party boss).
State legialtor Jose Rivera gave his grandson an odd-sounding $1,675 in "consulting" fees between June and July from the Bronx Democratic Trustees Committee, controlled by Jose Rivera.
Giancarlo also got a financial windfall as a $10.34 an hour temporary clerk at the Bronx Board of Elections from 2004 to 2005; his uncle, Naomi's brother, Joel, is married to Valerie Vazquez, director of communications and public affairs for the NYC Board of Elections.
Now, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (D-Bronx) stands accused of using a phony tax-funded nonprofit as her personal ATM, establishing a pattern of racketeering, conspiracy and collusion.
Rivera calculatedly installed her various lovers in tax-paid jobs: (1) to wine and dine her, (2) to bed her down, (3) to sign off on payments to her son and other relatives, and, (4) to illegally siphon off tax dollars for her election campaigns.
Rivera steered hundreds of thousands of tax dollars ostensibly to "help the poor" in the poverty-stricken Bronx slum---via the Bronx Council for Economic Development, controlled and funded by the Rivera crime family.
From all the investigative reporting to date, we know the Rivera family is a collusive tight-knit coterie of political operatives in the crime-laced latino uderworld.
“The economy is causing many illegal aliens to leave, but we need to do much more”
The ‘refugees’ that the state dept is letting in because of Mexico’s Narco war will more than make up for the few leaving.
And when Mexico and all points south realize there is an Obama amnesty for young illegal aliens, they’ll all be here.