Mexico’s Ballot-Box Reconquista | Investor’s Business Daily

Immigration: Meddling dangerously in American democracy with a not-so-secret motive, the Mexican government is quietly aiding its citizens in the U.S. to become eligible to vote in our elections.

“Mexico is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens, a status that would enable them to vote — presumably against Donald Trump,” says Bloomberg Business.

The story goes on: “Mexican diplomats are mobilizing for the first time to assist immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship, hosting free workshops on naturalization.” But contrary to the claim in the Bloomberg piece, the goal isn’t solely to keep El Donaldo from being president. It’s ultimately to seed a group of Spanish-speaking people who will someday help Mexico take back the Southwest.

Don’t laugh. It’s not a paranoid vision. Mexico has never accepted U.S. sovereignty over what was once its land. And radical U.S. Latino rights groups — including, most significantly, MeCha and La Raza — have long agitated to return the Southwest to Mexico. What better way for a “reconquista” — a reconquering — of the Southwest than by the ballot box?

“This is the other Mexico,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto crowed in Los Angeles in August 2014, referring to the United States. He meant it. But he’s not alone. He’s part of a long line of recent Mexican politicians who, emboldened by the presence of an estimated 12 million of their own citizens living in the U.S., have chosen to pick at the scab of Mexican separatism.

As far back as 1994, President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico proposed “dual nationality” for all people of Mexican extraction. That’s about 33 million people in the U.S. Whose flag would they pledge allegiance to?

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Former President Vicente Fox, who in the context of Mexico is considered a conservative, has let it be known numerous times that he favors Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. No doubt he finds the prospect of Trump building a fence to keep out illegal immigrants offensive. But imagine if an American politician went south of the border and began pointedly politicking for one candidate over another? He would be loudly reviled as a Yanqui Imperialist.

But this goes beyond mere politicking — and extends into undermining U.S. law. Mexico has long offered a “Guia del Migrante Mexicano,” a comic-book style guide for those entering the U.S. illegally. Far from dissuading their citizens from coming here, they encourage it. Mexican officials and radical immigration groups then encourage Spanish-only ghettoization of Mexicans and Central Americans, along with a sense of grievance and victimhood for non-existent U.S. crimes.

Mexican consuls in the U.S. have repeatedly criticized U.S. law officials when they enforce U.S. law against illegal immigration. They hand out so-called “matriculas” — a form of ID — and lobby to have them accepted to get everything from drivers’ licenses to bank accounts. Most offensively, they spend huge sums for Mexican textbooks to be used in U.S. schools with large Hispanic populations, all but guaranteeing that the kids who learn from them will remain unassimilated into the American way of life.

“After pressing us to educate Mexico’s citizens, give them food stamps, deliver their babies, provide them with hospital beds and police their neighborhoods, the Mexican government also expects us to help preserve their loyalty — to Mexico,” wrote Heather Mac Donald, in a prescient article for the City Journal in 2005.

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Mexican presidents, past and present, along with other politicians, are no doubt sincere on some level. But they never quite seem to catch on — their citizens come here by the millions because of the failures of Mexico’s corrupt political class.

Instead of meddling in U.S. politics and immigration policy for the false dream of reclaiming lost land, Mexico’s officials would be wise to reform their own country by securing and promoting the rule of law, freeing up their markets, protecting property rights and ending the endemic political corruption that has driven tens of millions of Mexicans north.

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