A top-ranking Mexican official last week virtually declared war on the United States.

Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said in a radio interview that an international strategy would be used if other attempts to reverse Arizona’s Proposition 200 fail.

In other words, the equivalent of the U.S. secretary of state is advocating meddling in the internal affairs not only of our country, but one of our 50 independent, sovereign states.

On Nov. 2, the good people of Arizona voted decisively for the measure to prohibit illegal aliens from receiving public benefits and voting in elections.

“We are seeking all the legal opportunities that exist, first using the legal capacities of the United States itself and … if that does not work, bringing it to international tribunals,” Derbez said.

Mexican officials have repeatedly complained about Proposition 200, which went into effect last week. The statewide measure denies most taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens and requires state workers to report applicants for such benefits who may not be eligible. It also requires anyone registering to vote in the state to show proof of citizenship and bring a government-issued ID to the polling place.

Following the election, the successful measure was challenged in the courts and the challenges failed.

The people spoke. And Proposition 200 is the law of the land in the state of Arizona.

But the Mexican government has never believed in the will of the people or the rule of law.

So, I suggest maybe it’s time to conquer Mexico. We’re so intent on freeing 26 million Iraqis from a corrupt, barbaric tyranny. What about 100 million Mexicans? Don’t they deserve a government of the people, by the people and for the people? How about truly free elections south of the border?

Maybe it’s time to free Mexico. And worse, Mexico is proving to be a more serious national security threat to the United States than Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was.

Mexico is authorizing an invasion of our country. It’s an invasion designed to change the very character of our country.

That seems to be the point behind Mexico’s strategy of casting off its undesirables, dumping them into the United States where we are supposed to care for them and treat them like citizens. Mexico encourages illegal immigration into the United States as a calculated economic safety valve. We take care of its unemployment problem and much of the money generated by the illegal aliens who enter the United States winds up back in circulation in Mexico. It’s quite a racket. You can hardly blame the Mexican government for wanting to keep a good thing going.

It’s audacious.

Imagine you’re a U.S. citizen entering Mexico illegally. Once there, you demand free medical care and English-speaking nurses and doctors. You also want free education for your child – in English. You also say you expect classes on American culture in the Mexican school system. You demand the right to vote in Mexican elections and you insist on bilingual ballots. Since, as an English speaker, you find it difficult to find regular work, you sign up for welfare. Next, of course, you demand a Mexican driver’s license.

What do you think would become of you as a U.S. citizen if you tried this in Mexico?

That’s right. You would wind up in jail, deported or dead.

But, that doesn’t stop the Mexican government, at the highest levels, from making such outrageous demands on you.

The Mexican government is demanding you accommodate its citizens – 20 million to 30 million strong – in this fashion.

And there should be no limit to the influx or Mexican illegals, they say. Any attempts to shut off the spigots of appeasement will be met with legal challenges that represent the gravest threats to American sovereignty in international courtrooms.

It shouldn’t surprise us, of course, that foreign government officials would try to bleed the American taxpayer in every way possible. It does remain unsettling, however, that so many U.S. government officials stand alongside the Mexican politicians in abusing us, taking advantage of our good nature and not recognizing when the American people have had enough.

Have you had enough?

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