Soon after he became president, George W. Bush traveled to Quebec City in April 2001 where he called for “hemispheric integration”– in other words an economic union, like the European Union, for 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere. Bush committed his administration to negotiating a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) that would become effective by 2005.
When that grand vision was foiled by the rise of anti-American rulers in Venezuela and Bolivia, Bush repackaged his globalism in March 2005 in the form of a North American union. That meeting of the “three amigos” had the goal of expanding NAFTA from merely a “free trade” agreement to close political union among the three countries of North America (the United States, Canada and Mexico). The Bush vision of a unified North America was given glossy support by numerous think tanks including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). They released a 70-page report, co-authored by Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, which called for “the extension of full labor mobility to Mexico.”
Given Bush’s support for “full labor mobility” between the United States and Mexico, it’s no wonder that he was also an advocate of giving amnesty to millions of illegal Mexican immigrants, often called “comprehensive immigration reform,” which our Congress wisely rejected in 2006, 2007, and 2013. Trump’s success represents a clear rejection of the Bushes’ globalism.
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