Pastor asserted that President Bush endorsed North American integration in the Guanajuato Proposal of February 16, 2001, in which Bush and Fox promised that "we will strive to consolidate a North American economic community." Bush followed up on April 22, 2001, by signing the Declaration of Quebec City in which he made a "commitment to hemispheric integration."
On June 27, 2005, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff attended a North American Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting in Ottawa at which he said, "We want to facilitate the flow of traffic across our borders." The White House issued a press release endorsing the Ottawa report and calling the meeting "an important first step in achieving the goals of the Security and Prosperity Partnership."
In July 2005, the White House let it be known that it is backing a coalition called Americans for Border and Economic Security organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Its purpose is to conduct a political-style campaign to sell the American people on a guest-worker program wrapped in a few border-security promises and financed by coalition members who each put up $50,000 to $250,000.
On March 31 President Bush met at Cancun, Mexico, for a spring frolic with Fox and the new Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Their press release celebrated what they called the first anniversary of the partnership, and Bush demanded that Congress pass an immigration bill with a worker permit program.
On May 15 Bush made a nationally televised speech in which he enunciated the amazing non sequitur that we can't have border security unless we also have a "comprehensive" bill including legalization of illegal immigrants now in the United States and the admission of new so-called guest workers.
Thanks to the investigative work of Jerome R. Corsi, we have learned that the partnership's more than 20 working groups are already quietly operating in the North American Free Trade Agreement office in the U.S. Department of Commerce, which refuses to reveal the groups' members because, in the words of partnership spokeswoman Geri Word, the Bush administration does not want them "distracted by calls from the public."
Corsi discovered recently that the partnership issued a "Report to Leaders" on June 27, 2005, that shows the partnership's extensive interaction with government and business groups in the three countries.
On June 15, 2006, the partnership's North American Competitiveness Council, consisting of government officials and corporate chief executive officers from the three countries, met to "institutionalize the partnership and the North American Competitiveness Council, so that the work will continue through changes in administrations."
The Bush administration is using a series of press releases, without authority from Congress or the American people, to shift us into the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership with "a more open border for the movement of goods and people."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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