Mexico president Enrique Nieto has canceled a visit with US president Donald Trump. Trump began to fulfill promises as soon as he took office, pushing for the southern border wall to be built and repeating his assertion Mexico will fund the wall.
Coverage of Nieto’s decision predictably led to false information—leftists call it ‘fake news’—and a severe case of amnesia.
Start with a controversial speech delivered to a joint session of Congress in 2010. Media forget Mexico’s dominance of our foreign policy.
Democrats at that time, led by President Barack Obama, held the reins of power over the US government. At that time, Felipe Calderon was president of Mexico. I remember watching him speak, and afterwards, I was furious. I found it outrageous that a foreign leader would attempt to meddle in US laws, not only on the federal level but on the state level. Calderon singled out Arizona with scathing criticism, a state challenged by our open border. Calderon criticized Arizona for attempting to uphold federal laws Obama chose not to uphold.
Calderon’s remarks made two things clear. He was, like most Democrats and certain Republicans, a dedicated globalist. The second matter has to do with ideology. Calderon and US Democrats were peas in a pod, embracing collectivism or soft socialism. Democrats gave him a standing ovation for criticizing the country they represent. That, in my opinion, was a sad day in our Republic.
GOP congressman Tom McClintock (Calif.) gave a response to Calderon’s address. McClintock said:
“[I]t is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress. Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law. All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce. It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no drivers license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally. And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws I reply that we don’t need to reform them we need to enforce them. Just as every other government does. Just as Mexico does.”
Now that Trump has taken office, the wall once supported by both Hillary Clinton and Obama will be completed. Trump’s pledge to see that Mexico covers the cost will be easy to fulfil.
For one thing, remittances to Mexico can easily be taxed. Even left of center networks like NBC have acknowledged the expansion of those remittances during the Obama era:
“Mexico’s central bank reported Mexicans overseas sent nearly $24.8 billion home in 2015, overtaking oil revenues for the first time as a source of foreign income.”
Tax the remittances. If the US government can place a tax on every American taxpayer’s body, dictating we purchase specific insurance coverage, we can certainly tax money leaving our country.
There are numerous ways we can recoup money from Mexico. Dating to the Bush era, the US has rolled over on foreign policy with this country. Gun running didn’t help our foreign policy matters, no doubt. But Fast and Furious and deaths from those federally run weapons didn’t happen under Trump.
For a look at the imbalances in our policy with Mexico, see an earlier article I wrote detailing US funds to that country, including at least $49.4 million distributed via US AID. All these monies have been tendered even as some in Congress blame ‘entitlements’—money owed based on money Americans have been forced to hand over—for our debt problems.
By the way, if you go to Mexico, you’d best steer clear of any political activity. Mexicans can wave their country’s flag in the US at protests, but if you do that in a protest south of the border, you can go to prison.
Media, dating at least to Calderon’s speech in 2010, have largely been advocates for Mexico, not the US. One glaring example can be found in a story distributed by Reuters. It contains a blatant falsehood consistently repeated by US media.
Here’s what Reuters claimed—the story was distributed by Yahoo and apparently no editor chose to correct the falsehood:
“Relations have been frayed since Trump launched his campaign in 2015, characterizing Mexican migrants as murderers and rapists and pledging to build a wall that he said Mexico would pay for.”
Here’s what Trump actually said during his campaign before winning the popular vote in 30 US states and one district in Maine:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
And, in the same article I linked above, here’s what testimony before the US Congress revealed:
The Administration’s policies have led to the release of 86,288 criminal aliens who committed 231,074 crimes since 2013.
The US ran a trade deficit with Mexico topping $58 billion in 2016 as of November of that year.
Nieto and his predecessors have not dealt with a president who put the US first, dating to the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Regardless of party, globalism ruled. US sovereignty declined.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 26, 2017)
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