George Bush’s Merida Initiative: Legislation to Merge North America

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Feb 142008
 

George Bush has not given up on implementing the economic union of North America. The one element essential to continue this integration of Canada, Mexico and the United States is the completion of a common security perimeter around North America. However, this perimeter will require legislation by Congress.

That’s why, as a result of a meeting held in Merida, Mexico between Bush and President Calderon, legislation was put together by the U.S. Department of State over the past year (the Merida Initiative for Mexico) and  slipped into a supplemental bill for Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s currently being debated in committee.

According to this reprint of a U.S. Department of State embassy website, the most important recommendation for a new vision of North America “…was for the three nations (Canada, Mexico and the United States) to move toward establishing a common security perimeter by 2010.” John P. Manley, co-chair of the North American Task Force on Building a North American Community, said,

“It is important for all three governments to commit themselves to security within that zone, thereby alleviating the need to build barriers at our mutual borders.”

This is why Bush will not secure our border with Mexico. The plan is for North America’s internal borders to be opened to the free flow of people and goods throughout the continent.

The Merida Initiative has wording that works toward the development of a security perimeter around Mexico, with $1.4 billion in aid from America. Like similar wording in most “comprehensive” immigration bills over the past two years, it will use technology, personnel and equipment to secure Mexico’s  southern border (and more), with Belize and Guatemala.

DEA Chief of Intelligence Anthony P. Placido, speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on Feb. 7, 2008, said,

“The main goals of the initiative are to break the power and impunity of criminal organizations, assist the Governments of Mexico and Central America in strengthening border, air, and maritime controls from the Southwest border of the United States to Panama, …curtail gang activity in Mexico and Central America, and diminish the demand for drugs in the region.” ( A controlled border around a nation constitutes a security perimeter.)

Other funds will go to aid immigration control for Mexico’s new secure borders. It would “help the National Migration Institute (NAMI) expand and modernize its immigration database and documentation verification system, digitize immigration forms, and equip and train personnel in rescue and safety response techniques  to be used along Mexico’s southern border.”

Much of the money and effort will be for Mexico’s plan to implement a  security perimeter around the nation (see above), including its maritime borders and its border with Belize and Guatemala.

Several bills, including immigration legislation, have been proposed with security sections that mandate a common security perimeter for North America and aid for Mexico to complete its perimeter. Singled out was Mexico’s illegal immigration problem along its border with Belize and Guatemala. (Photo: Busy road on Belize/Guatemala border.)

An example is an immigration bill, S. 2611 (never passed), cosponsored by John McCain, which mandated a common security perimeter around North America: See below.

SEC. 113, (3), (E) The Secretary of State would submit a report on progress made “… in developing and implementing an immigration security strategy for North America that works toward the development of a common security perimeter by enhancing technical assistance for programs and systems to support automated reporting and risk targeting of international passengers.”

SEC. 114, Improving the Security of Mexico’s Southern Border (Read these sections)

The last immigration bill, H.R. 1645, the Strive Act of 2007, had similar wording: SEC. 111, (a), SEC. 112, (a), SEC.113, (3), (E), SEC. 121 Improving the Security of Mexico’s Southern Border. It failed also.

If the Merida Initiative passes, a security perimeter will be completed for Mexico (virtual fence, drones, patrols, etc.). And if McCain is elected, he can finish the North America project, with a little help from Congress.