A petition opposing the controversial continental integration initiative supported by the Bush administration, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, has garnered 108,000 signatures after less than a week.
“The response is overwhelming,” Steve Elliott, president of Grassfire.org, told WND. “The petition has been up on the website for less than a week and we have been getting as many as 500 signatures an hour.”
President Bush with then-Mexico President Vicente Fox, left, and then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in March 2005 at the inaugural summit of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (White House photo)
Elliott originally had a target of 100,000 signatures before the start of next week’s SPP meeting in Canada.
As WND has reported, President Bush will interrupt his vacation in Crawford, Texas, next week to attend the SPP’s third summit meeting Aug. 20 and 21 in Montebello, Quebec, at the five-star Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello resort.
Bush will meet with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“Our team leaders have been urging us to launch a petition against the SPP,” Elliott explained. “As we looked into the issue, we decided that this is an emergency issue that Americans need to address.”
Elliott says he gets asked all the time why President Bush has not secured U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, even though the U.S. is six years into a war on terror.
“The explanation is SPP,” Elliott said. “When the Security and Prosperity Partnership was declared at the first summit with Mexico and Canada in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005, President Bush evidently agreed to open our borders with Mexico and Canada, even though that was never clearly explained to the American people.”
Elliott said the petition is designed to let Bush know “the American people are not happy with his aggressive move toward a North American Union that would integrate the United States with Mexico and Canada.”
The Grassfire explains the petition is designed to oppose developments to build a North American “framework,” including on-going SPP trilateral working group meetings, structuring NAFTA Superhighways from the existing interstate highway system and encouraging the open borders “migration” within the three countries.
Grassfire introduces the citizen petition with a two-part audio interview with WND staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi.
Corsi is the author of the current New York Times bestseller, “The Late Great U.S.A.: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada,” published by WND Books.
The Grassfire citizen petition states, “I am signing this petition stating my opposition to efforts that lead to the development and formation of a North American Union combining the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Such a ‘union’ is a direct threat to U.S. sovereignty, national security and economic stability.”
The petition makes four statements:
- SPP: I oppose the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) – a trilateral arrangement formed without congressional oversight designed to create regulatory, economic and other institutional structures that facilitate economic, legal and political integration between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
- Border Security: I oppose proposed regulatory and border security changes that eliminate or reduce U.S. border controls and encourage open migration within a common U.S.-Mexico-Canada region.
- NAFTA Highway: I oppose the construction of the NAFTA Superhighway system and other measures designed to create a borderless, open transit system within North America.
- Congressional Oversight: I am deeply concerned that the SPP has not been subject to congressional oversight or approval. Any such multi-national agreements must be submitted for congressional approval. As such, I support congressional Resolution 40 which opposes the North American Union and NAFTA Superhighway.
Grassfire intends to present the petition to the White House during the SPP summit in Canada.
“We are fighting an information process,” Elliott told WND. “The Bush administration has been very secretive about SPP. The substantive meetings in Montebello will be held behind closed doors. As the American people learn more about SPP, they are becoming more and more outraged. That’s what we are seeing with this petition.”