Mexico has a new foreign minister.
Marcelo Ebrard recently stepped down from that post to run for president of Mexico.
His replacement is Alicia Barcena. Her most recent job was Mexican ambassador to Chile and she has also worked for the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.
On July 10, Foreign Minister Barcena wrote an op-ed in the prominent Mexican newspaper El Universal.
The piece is entitled, "De México al mundo: por una diplomacia de paz, efectiva y cercana a la gente" – “From Mexico to the World: For a Diplomacy of Peace, Effective and Close to the People."
Barcena discusses Mexico’s relations with the U.S. and Canada, Latin America, Europe and other regions.
But the main country Mexico's diplomacy focuses upon is the United States of America. That’s because of the large Mexican and Mexican-American population residing here.
The biggest consular network in the entire world is the Mexican consular network in the United States, with over 50 Mexican consulates on U.S. soil.
In the seventh paragraph of her op-ed, Barcena writes this: “Our country is strongly linked to the United States and Canada. With our neighbors to the north we are linked by commerce and an intense and constant dialogue on a diversity of issues, but we are also united by a very rich framework of family and social relationships.”
The first part is clearly referring to the membership of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. in the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaced NAFTA during the Trump administration.
But the last part talks about the “very rich framework of family and social relationships.” She appears to be referring to the large Mexican and Mexican-descended population in the United States.
By the way, in Mexico, American-born persons of Mexican descent are considered Mexicans, even though they were born in the U.S.
In the tenth paragraph, she writes, “Foreign policy should be a lever of development at the service of our connacionales…" That word literally means “fellow-nationals,” which, in this case, would signify “fellow Mexicans." It is frequently used to refer to Mexicans living in the U.S.
Minister Barcena says Mexican foreign policy should be “at the service of our fellow-Mexicans (connacionales), close to the people and which defends the interests of Mexico and of Mexicans.”
Well, of course, Mexican foreign policy should defend the “interests of Mexico and of Mexicans." The problem for us is that the Mexican government meddles in U.S. internal affairs, while our politicians (of both parties) seem to have no objection.
In the twelfth paragraph, the Barcena gets more specific.
“The historic vocation of Mexican diplomacy obliges us to empower the work of protecting the female and male connacionales [fellow Mexicans] who live abroad,” she writes.
There are small groups of Mexicans living in many countries. But about 98% of Mexicans residing outside Mexico live in the United States. So when they talk about “Mexicans living abroad,” they’re mainly referring to those in the U.S.A.
For full effect, allow me to quote her “historic vocation” sentence along with the sentence that follows:
“The historic vocation of Mexican diplomacy obliges us to empower the work of protecting the female and male connacionales [fellow Mexicans] who live abroad. Especially in upcoming months, when the electoral process in the United States will fan the flames of xenophobia and racism.”
The Mexican foreign minister confidently assumes that our election process will “fan the flames of xenophobia and racism.”
That sounds bad. What does it really mean?
Mexican government officials don’t think American citizen-voters really have the right to question our immigration system. In their minds, we certainly don’t have a right to demand our government control the borders, deport illegal aliens or reduce immigration.
Such things are, in the view of the government of Mexico, xenophobic and racist – and the Biden administration would agree.
So, remember, American voters – the government of Mexico does not want you questioning our immigration policy.
If you do, you are “xenophobic” and “racist."
Whose country is this, anyway?
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