by Allan Wall, blogging at VDare, ©2022
To listen to this Mexican President Obrador say he’s gonna endorse Beto O’Rourke over my governor, Governor Abbott, because he’s daring to secure the border, take steps to secure the border.
Let me say something to President Obrador. If you wanna come have a skirmish with Texas you can meet us at San Jacinto, OK? We’re gonna secure the border of the United States and we’re gonna do it now.
For those who weren’t taught this in school, the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 25, 1836, ended Texas’ war for independence. Sam Houston’s Texans defeated Santa Anna’s Mexicans in 18 minutes. The dig at AMLO—Obrador’s nickname—obvious, and entirely appropriate.
On July 8, AMLO took a question about Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s attempts to control the border, specifically the announcement that he would begin returning illegal aliens to Mexico.
AMLO said Abbott didn’t have the legal right to do that because immigration is federal responsibility:
In effect, he [Governor Abbott] is outside of his jurisdiction, it does not legally correspond to him to make this decision, it is something that has to do with the U.S. federal Government. Nevertheless, as there are elections in November, they seek sensationalism, they think that they are going to get sympathy from one party or another. …
[A]lthough we are respectful of the sovereignty of other countries, we do not approve of anti-immigrant campaigns to get elected. We consider that immoral.
There followed an AMLO rant about Abbott’s “anti-immigrant policy,” which “is an aberration and we are not in agreement with that.”
And I have said it and now I am going to repeat it again: if there is a candidate or a party which mistreats the migrants and mistreats Mexicans, we are going to ask our fellow Mexicans to help us over there, that they do not vote for those parties or for those candidates.
Note that AMLO jabbered about “our fellow Mexicans” who vote in the United States. If they vote, they are, presumably, U.S. citizens. But he considers them Mexicans, and says they should vote the way he wants.
And, indeed, two decades ago, Mexican law was changed to allow dual citizenship, specifically to enable meddling in U.S. politics.
So yes, Rep. Roy, we do have a problem. And it’s bigger than one Texas gubernatorial election.
“Many of those who live in Texas have Mexican origins, many, because Texas belonged to Mexico,” AMLO continued.
Translation: AMLO is a revanchist who thinks Texas is still Mexican territory.
In fact, Texas was only part of independent Mexico for just 15 years (1821-1836), and no large Spanish-speaking population lived there at the time. The vast majority of Mexican-Americans in Texas today descend from recent immigrants.
As for the midterm elections in general, AMLO threatened more meddling:
It’s important to be watching who is going to be the candidate, who supports him, to be watching, because they are going to start a campaign with that [border control]. And we already said that we are not going to permit mistreatment of migrants and Mexicans.
While AMLO didn’t endorse O’Rourke or any other Treason Lobby candidate by name, he didn’t need to.
In general, he’s telling Mexican-Americans to vote against immigration patriots. And that’s bigger than one election. He’s asserting sovereignty over U.S. citizens of Mexican ancestry as a general principle. That is, he’s asserting Mexico’s right to meddle in American elections.
Just a few days later, July 11-13, AMLO was here. On July 12 he met with Traitor Joe Biden in a joint news conference. Each president spoke in his own language.
Biden spoke first, and boasted about increasing immigration:
My administration is leading the way to creating work opportunities through legal pathways. And last year, my administration set a record. We issued more than 300,000 H-2 visas for Mexican workers. We also reached a five-year high in the visas we issued to Central Americans, and we’re on pace to double this in fiscal year for—this fiscal year for Central America.
[Remarks by President Biden and President López Obrador of Mexico Before Bilateral Meeting , White House Website, July 12, 2022]
This, you understand, is in addition to all the other illegals Biden is waving in across the southern border.
AMLO had five suggestions for Biden, his fifth being on immigration policy:
[O]rderly migration flow and allowing arrival in the United States of workers, technicians, and professionals of different disciplines. I’m talking about Mexicans and Central Americans with temporary work visas to ensure not paralyzing the economy because of the lack of labor force.
The purpose of this plan would be to support and to have the right labor force that will be demanded by the plan you proposed and that was passed by Congress of using $1 trillion for the construction of infrastructure works.
And it’s also indispensable that I say this in a very sincere fashion in the most respectful manner: It is indispensable for us to regularize and give certainty to migrants that have for years lived and worked in a very honest manner, and who are also contributing to the development of this great nation.
That, of course, means Amnesty for illegal aliens. But AMLO continued by denouncing immigration patriots who oppose The Great Replacement:
I know that your adversaries—the conservatives—are going to be screaming all over the place, even to Heaven. They’re going to be yelling at Heaven. But without a daring, a bold program of development and wellbeing, it will not be possible to solve problems. It will not be possible to get the people’s support.
In the face of this crisis, the way out is not through conservatism. The way out is through transformation. We have to be bold in our actions. Transform. not maintain the status quo.
On our part, we’re acting in good faith, with all transparency, because there shouldn’t be selfishness between countries, peoples that are neighbors and friends. On the other hand, integration does not signify hegemony or subjugation.
The guy has chutzpah, that’s for sure. But AMLO’s agenda fits right in with Biden’s.
On July 11, the day before the AMLO-Biden Summit, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden compared the diversity of San Antonio’s Hispanics to the “diversity” of the city’s breakfast tacos. Professional Hispanics were not amused. Conservatives laughed.
Here’s what Dr. Jill said:
Raul [Yzaguirre, President of the group] helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community, as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio, is your strength.
[First lady Jill Biden apologizes after comparing Texas Latinos to ‘breakfast tacos’, by Scott Gleeson and Maria Puente, USA Today, July 12, 2022]
I think the criticism is all wrong.
Dr. Jill spoke at a conference sponsored by UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (“The Race”). Conference title: Siempre Adelante (“Always Forward”): Our Quest for Equity.
Dr. Jill mispronounced bodega, which is what they call convenience stores in New York City.
It was the second time Dr. Jill “butchered” the language, to borrow Bonilla’s tweet. Last year, Dr. Jill mispronounced si se puede (“yes it can be done”) [Jill Biden can’t say ‘bodega’ — and it brought back Peggy Hill comparison, by Steve Nelson, New York Post, July 11, 2022].
My question: why is it the duty of American officials to speak Spanish correctly, or to speak it at all? (And I’m a Spanish-language teacher!)
Second, Dr. Jill did not call Hispanics “tacos.” She employed a simile to describe the “diversity” of the city’s Hispanic population; they are, she said, “as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.” Do people not understand simple rhetorical devices anymore?
The real problem, though, was neither Dr. Jill’s mispronunciation of foreign words nor her misusing poetic license in a racially insensitive way.
We should be glad it did, even if it exploded for the wrong reason.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan’s wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here; his News With Views columns are archived here; his US Inc blog items are here, and his website is here.