In what is being characterized as international blackmail, the former foreign minister of Mexico has told a Senate committee his nation will not cooperate with the U.S. on border-security issues unless a number of immigration-related action is taken – including amnesty for illegal aliens.

On Tuesday, former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing: “No border security is possible without Mexican cooperation” and “there can be no cooperation [from the Mexican government] without some sort of immigration reform package.”

According to a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, Castaneda, now a professor at New York University, went on to describe immigration reform as amnesty for all Mexicans living illegally in the U.S., the admission of some 5 million additional Mexican citizens to the U.S. over the next 10 years, and massive increases in U.S. aid to that country.

The official said if such reform is enacted, Mexico would offer “tough” but “non-coercive” assistance in the effort to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. via Mexico.

“Jorge Castaneda is not some obscure voice from Mexico’s distant political past,” commented Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “He served as foreign minister in the current Mexican administration. It is imperative that the Fox government issue a formal repudiation of Castaneda’s remarks and assure the American public that their cooperation in the war against terrorism will not come at the price of extortion.”

Stein hammered the senators on the committee for not challenging Castaneda during his testimony.

“When anyone, much less a former foreign minister of a supposedly friendly nation, comes before a committee of the United States Senate and issues ultimatums and thinly veiled threats against the United States, one would expect outrage and condemnation from members of Congress. Instead, we got meek acquiescence or deafening silence from the members who were present,” said Stein. “If the government of Mexico is not prepared to join us in this struggle, without conditions, then they cannot claim to be an ally and our government must view them as such. Allies do not engage in extortion.”

FAIR is calling on the Bush administration and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to formally protest Castaneda’s demands with the Mexican government.

The organization decried the timing of Castaneda’s testimony as concern about terror attacks on U.S. soil is heightened in the wake of last week’s London bomb blasts.

Terrorism experts believe the Mexican border has been the means countless terrorists have used to enter the U.S. As WorldNetDaily first reported, captured al-Qaida leaders and documents show that a terrorist plan called “American Hiroshima” involves the multiple detonation of nuclear weapons already smuggled into the U.S. Those weapons came over the Mexican border with the help of the MS-13 street gang and other organized crime groups.

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