Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mexico — What Went Wrong?

Victor Davis Hanson

Mexico in just a few days could elect one of its more anti-American figures in recent memory, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Obrador has often advanced the idea that a strangely aggrieved Mexico has the right to monitor the status of its citizens living illegally in the United States. Lately, he trumped that notion of entitlement by assuring fellow Mexicans that they have a “human right” to enter the United States as they please. For Obrador, this is an innate privilege that he promised “we will defend” — without offering any clarification on the meaning of “defend” other than to render meaningless the historic notion of borders and sovereignty. Obrador went on to urge his fellow Mexicans to “leave their towns and find a life in the United States.”...
 Mexico, the Aggressor
Facts are stubborn and reveal Mexico, not the United States, as a de facto aggressor and belligerent on many fronts. Mexico runs a NAFTA-protected $70 billion trade surplus with the U.S., larger than that of any other single American trade partner (including Japan and Germany) except China. The architects of NAFTA long ago assured Americans that such a trade war would not break out, or that we should not worry over trade imbalances, given the desirability of outsourcing to take advantage of Mexico’s cheaper labor costs. A supposedly affluent Mexico was supposed to achieve near parity with the U.S., as immigration and trade soon neutralized. Despite Mexico’s economic growth, no such symmetry has followed NAFTA. What did, however, 34 years later, was the establishment of a dysfunctional Mexican state, whose drug cartels all but run the country on the basis of their enormous profits from unfettered dope-running and human-trafficking into the United States. NAFTA certainly did not make Mexico a safer, kinder, and gentler nation. In addition, Mexican citizens who enter and reside as illegal immigrants in the U.S. are mostly responsible for sending an approximate $30 billion in remittances home to Mexico. That sum has now surpassed oil and tourism as the largest source of Mexican foreign exchange. That huge cash influx is the concrete reality behind Obrador’s otherwise unhinged rhetoric about exercising veto power over U.S. immigration law. What is also unsaid is that many of the millions of Mexican expatriates in the United States who send remittances home to Mexico are themselves beneficiaries of some sort of U.S. federal, state, or local support that allows them to free up cash to send back to Mexico.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mexico is the perfect example of how the rule of law was subverted by a few and the decent into Hell affects the entire country. The continued existence of a two class society is the main cause of the violence and lack of regard for law in Mexico. The communists took over, threw out the land holders, forgot how to manage the economy, forced the poor to participate in crime to earn a living or escape being killed by criminals, and then blames the USA for Mexico's trouble. Mexico has great natural resources, but lacks the brains to manage them for the benefit of the country. The fact that a huge fence is needed to keep lawless out of our country speaks volumes about the Mexican government which could put a stop to border transgressions in a matter of weeks. Mexico will continue on it's journey into hell until it decides that civil rights are more important that political posturing. I doubt it will succeed and will soon resemble other arm pits of creation.