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Watching government erase our borders

By Henry Lamb
web posted July 17, 2006

It began in 1993, with an expansion of the "La Paz Agreement" between the United States and Mexico. Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 12904 in 1994, which created the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, to oversee development in "Border Region XXI," a region 62-miles wide on either side of the U.S./Mexico border.

This little-known agreement, a side deal in the much-touted North America Free Trade Agreement, was a precursor to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, born in March, 2005. The agreement was reinforced in March, 2006 when the three governments met again, to focus on their agenda to erase national borders.

With even less public attention, plans for an transportation super-corridor were unfolding. This quarter-mile-wide, highway-rail corridor will stretch from Lazaro Cardenas in Southern Mexico, to the Canadian border - and beyond. Kansas City is seen as the primary inland port, that will house both Mexican and U.S. customs officials.

Public hearings are being held now in Texas, where thousands of landowners will be uprooted by right of way acquisitions. It seems to matter very little what the people who are directly affected think, or want. The project rumbles forward, as if the agencies involved had never been exposed to the idea that "...government is empowered by the consent of the governed."

Where is Congress? If there was a bill enacted into law that authorized the Executive Branch to enter into this agreement, or to plan this massive transportation corridor, it certainly didn't make the news. What little is known about these projects has been dug up by WorldNetDaily and other alternative media.

Government apparently assumes that these projects will be good for America. Whether or not the people want these projects, is not a factor to be considered.

There can be no doubt that commodities will move faster through this super-corridor than current transportation modalities will allow. This includes such things as illegal drugs, illegal aliens, terrorists, and whatever else anyone wants to get into the United States. Promises that the corridor will be "secure" ring hollow - in the light of past efforts to secure the U.S. border.

At the root of the problem is an evolving concept of what America is, or was, or should be. For nearly a century, America led the world in freedom and prosperity, not because government decided what is best for America, but because a free people decided what government could, and could not do.

Somewhere along the way, the people got too busy earning a living, or watching ball games, or shopping, or vacationing, or getting rich off government projects, so that the idea of limiting government initiatives fell out of favor. The idea of a citizen legislature became obsolete. Government became the domain of the professionals. Professional bureaucrats, and professional legislators now run the government, and they are aided by professional NGOs - non-government organizations - who take tax dollars to serve as "partners" with government to give the appearance of public involvement.

Most of America seems perfectly content to let government do whatever it wants. Aside from complaining, there is little evidence that the majority of Americans care enough about what America is becoming, to do the work necessary to return government to the people.

Both the Clinton and Bush administrations have let our borders fade away, by refusing to enforce immigration laws, and by actively promoting the erasure of our borders, through trade agreements that give away American prosperity. These agreements have one goal: to homogenize the economies of the three nations.

Consider this: per capita income in the U.S. is $41,800; in Canada, $34,000; in Mexico, $10,000. Were these three economies "homogenized," as is the goal of the trade agreements and the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the per capita income of all three nations would be $28,000. It's not hard to see who wins, and who loses.

The first responsibility of the U.S. government is to the people of the United States. These tri-lateral agreements are not for the benefit of Americans, but for the benefit of others. We used to have a name for governments that took wealth from those who had it, for redistribution to those who didn't. Once, it was called communism, socialism, or worse. Now it is called NAFTA, CAFTA, and the Security and Prosperity Agreement.

Once these agreements erase our borders, America will be nothing more than a member of the North American Union, with only a fading memory of glories past.

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), and chairman of Sovereignty International.

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