Vicente Fox was president of Mexico from 2000-2006. His economic policy for Mexico was to export its poorest citizens to the US. In 2007 he said the US economy needs 300,000 new Mexican workers every year. By absorbing populations people like Vicente Fox don't want, the US has been "the safety valve for tyrannical and incompetent governments the world over."
Feb. 8, 2005, "Vicente Fox, Labor Pimp," Human Events, Mac Johnson
"The current (2005) administration of
Mexico has apparently decided to support the wholesale export of its
people to America as a desirable economic policy.
The stream of economic refugees that has flowed northward from Mexico
for sixty years was once a source of embarrassment for the ruling elite
of Mexico –obvious evidence that Mexico was so poorly-governed and
corrupt that its people’s best hope for a better life lay in escape to
Mexico’s president, Vicente
Fox, has made increasing the flow of his people out of Mexico and into
America his highest priority in his relationship with the US.
His expressed desire is that the border should pretty much cease to
exist — at least for Northbound traffic. He would prefer that America
voluntarily acquiesce to his desire to depopulate his nation’s poorest
neighborhoods, but he is also prepared to achieve this depopulation
unilaterally. Mexican consulates brazenly issue official-looking ID
cards to illegal aliens in the U.S. to help them appear legitimate to
employers and banks. And, infamously, the Mexican government recently
published a "how-to-guide" for those wishing to illegally smuggle themselves into the United
States. In poignant testament to the extent to which Mexico’s government
has utterly failed its people, the guide was issued in comic book form,
to facilitate its use by the illiterate....
The attitude of Mexico’s rulers to this chronic exodus now
appears to have changed to something more like “Good riddance”.
Apparently, they believe every Mexican that leaves Mexico is a Mexican
they don’t have to solve any problems for....
The merits of mass immigration, both legal and illegal, from Mexico
into the US are a source of constant discussion in America.
consider, for just a moment, what the situation must look like from the
other side of the broken border. With his enthusiastic support for
emigration by the tens of millions, Vicente Fox has essentially said to
his people “My best idea for Mexico is to send Mexicans someplace where
people have better ideas.”
Apparently, Mr. Fox lacks the “vision
thing”. Imagine if President Bush’s plan for economic recovery in the
last recession had been exporting the unemployed. (But the
situation in Mexico is worse than that, because not only do Fox’s
policies inspire no outrage, they are popular. When told by their
government that perhaps they should just give up and leave, the response
of many Mexicans is simply to agree — a sad state of affairs.)
The motivation of Mexico’s leader in becoming an active accessory to
the transnational smuggling of his country’s labor force is not just
that Mexico is economically dependent upon the dollars that expatriate
Mexicans wire home each month (although that motivation should not be
discounted). Also at play is his desire to take advantage of a little
commented-upon effect that America has had on the world for decades.
America’s acceptance of refugees by the millions has made it,
effectively, the safety valve for tyrannical and incompetent governments
the world over.
Normally, bad government is unstable government. When a government
makes a substantial part of its population destitute or unhappy, it can
expect them to work against that government, first as individuals and
over time as political parties, gangs — or even armies. But with
America close-by to absorb the most unhappy, bad governments have found a
release for those segments of their populations they most fear: the
poor, the ambitious, the disgruntled.
America, of course, does not see itself this way. Our motives for
accepting the huddled masses may not be entirely pure, but among these
is not the desire to stabilize failure abroad. However, the rulers of
other countries recognize the service America unwittingly provides. The
most flagrant proof of this was the Mariel boatlift in 1980, in which
Fidel Castro organized a mass exodus of 125,000 Cubans from the port of
Mariel, Cuba, to Florida. These refugees included common criminals and
the mentally ill released from Cuban jails and asylums (Cuba’s
“universal healthcare” apparently has it limits), but the overwhelming
majority of the migrants were simply the proverbial poor yearning to be
free –exactly the sort of people Castro could not depend upon to help
maintain his oppressive rule. Castro may claim to detest the fact that
Florida is just 90 miles away from the shores of his communist paradise,
but if it weren’t, his regime might have ended long ago. Florida is
full of the Cubans who would most like to change Cuba. They do Castro
little harm in Miami.
Most nations are not so obvious in their use of the safety valve, but
America is filled with diverse immigrants who do little to agitate the
status quo in their homelands, and the ruling classes in these lands
were not sad to see them go.
Mexico is a far cry from Cuba and Vicente Fox is certainly no Castro.
But he understands the many ways in which shunting his discontented
poor out of the country benefit him and his political allies.
There is no shame in poverty and no sin in seeking work, but there is
something unseemly in a leader who sees people as a product for export.
In all the discussion of the immigration issue, the one aspect I have
not seen bluntly assessed is what a failed and myopic leader Vicente Fox
is. In America, men are made rich and families are well fed by the
energetic labor of Mexicans. An admirable Mexican government would set
about reforming the country so that that same energetic Mexican labor
could create riches and feed families inside Mexico. Fox’s
government simply wants to avoid the issue, preserve the established
power structure, and make sure it gets a cut when Mexico’s workforce
auctions itself off to more efficient economies. Seeing his people
forced to sell their labors abroad, Fox simply wants to act as pimp on
Oct. 9, 2007, "Former Mexican President Vicente Fox debates immigration issue with Bill O'Reilly," Fox News
In 2007 Vicente Fox said the US economy needs 300,000 new Mexican workers every year.
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