Indeed. While Fox frets about whether America is properly respecting the sovereignty and borders of terror-sponsoring regimes, Mexico's meddling minions at consulates across America have been systematically undermining our own sovereignty and borders. With Fox's encouragement, Mexican consular officials in the U.S. (who have failed to register as political lobbyists) are aggressively pushing for:
-- illegal alien driver's licenses;
-- acceptance of insecure matricula consular identification cards that "regularize" illegal Mexican immigrants;
-- in-state tuition discount rates for illegal alien students;
-- "labor rights" for illegal Mexican workers;
-- an official amnesty program (as opposed to the de facto amnesty that already exists);
-- and government retirement "refunds" for illegal alien workers who used stolen or fake Social Security numbers.
That's just for starters. Even if Mexico ultimately votes with the U.S. on the Iraq resolution, it remains against us in so many other ways. While its own citizens clamor for death penalty prosecutions, Mexico ran to the World Court to block the U.S. from executing illegal Mexican criminals. Meanwhile, Fox's peace-loving nation remains a shameful refuge for scores of suspected fugitive murderers whom American prosecutors have tried futilely to have extradited, including alleged cop-killer Armando Garcia and alleged double-murderer Juan Manuel Casillas.
When it comes to standing against crime and tyranny, Mexico is as much an equivocal tail-tucker as its European counterparts. But other than a few vague words of disaffection from President Bush last week, our vacillating neighbor has suffered no public repercussions. You haven't (and won't) see congressional leaders dumping tequila and tacos down the drain the way they've been trashing French wine and French fries.
Why not? Because neither political party in Washington has the guts to stand up and call Mexico what it is. It's easy to ridicule the French as cheese-eating monkeys. It's much harder to truly offend politically correct sensibilities and call out the weasel next door.
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