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UNITED STATES: Immigration

It is considered politically incorrect to raise questions about minorities and immigrants, and, in the recent presidential elections, both major parties used all their tactical skills to attract their votes and in the process discarded their critical facilities. The big problem is the influx of Mexicans. It is possible to like the Mexicans and to admire President Fox, as I do, and yet wonder about the implications of this mass immigration, just as Mexicans may love the United States but would be concerned if there were a mass gringo immigration into Mexico.

The one journal which confronts the issue boldly is The Social Contract, the Fall 2000 issue of which has just appeared. The cover refers bluntly to "America's Porous Borders. Why donīt we call it an 'invasion'?" It is full of fact-filled, reasonable articles by Robert Park, Diana Hull, Judy Shelton, and Georgie Anne Geyer, to mention just a few of the contributors. The article by Georgie Anne Geyer is entitled "'No Thanks' to Mexico's Offer of Open Borders," referring to the proposal by Fox which was listened to politely by the American and Canadian leaders he met on his trip north, who quietly explained why they were opposed to it.

At our 2001 conference on globalization there are several sessions relevant to the articles in The Social Contract, namely those on democracy, economics. education, health, language, Mexico and migration. Diana Hull will make a presentation at the conference, and we hope that other specialists associated with the journal will take part also.

Ronald Hilton - 12/22/00