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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Look Who’s Arriving on the NAFTA Train

In 2005, President George W. Bush held a summit meeting with the “three amigos” to promote the free movement of people and goods across our Mexican and Canadian borders. The Council on Foreign Relations then spoke of “building a North American community” with a common “security perimeter” and “labor mobility” among our three countries. Texas planned to build a massive NAFTA superhighway that would start in Mexico and reach northern U.S. cities. The Kansas City Southern Railway bought a Mexican railroad and began branding it the NAFTA railroad. The goal was to carry Chinese products from Mexico’s ports all the way to Kansas City.

Americans were rightly alarmed by the prospect of an economic union with Mexico. It could eventually become a North American Union modeled after the European Union. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. Texas Gov. Rick Perry abandoned his NAFTA superhighway, and President Obama quietly removed the Security and Prosperity Partnership from the White House website. But the NAFTA railroad, now called the Kansas City Southern de Mexico, is still up and running. We are now learning that this train is playing a major role in bringing tens of thousands of illegal children from Central America into our country.

Americans have been shocked at the waves of children pouring across our border. The trip north is no joy ride. Some ride the rails on top of moving freight cars for hundreds of miles. So how are these desperately poor children able to travel more than a thousand miles from their homes in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to the U.S. border? Apparently, they are allowed to hitch a ride on the NAFTA train. This is an invasion by people from Central American whom we don’t want and cannot accommodate.

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