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“There are open borders in the Americas. The ‘border’ in a sense does not exist from California to Florida, Central America to Canada. We live in an environment of transparent borders with ‘welcome’ signs.”

This is one of the five Preferred Future Visions for 2020, chosen from a number of projections made by working groups at a Federal Highway Administration think tank at Phoenix, Arizona, in December of 2001 (Joint Working Committee, U.S./Mexico Border Transportation Planning). These five were later approved by the Joint Working Committee on May 15, 2002 at Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico and a 2003-2005 work plan was developed.

The goal of this committee was to:

“Review a global picture of bi-national border transportation and security by identifiying and exploring trends and changes anticipated from the year 2001 to 2020.

“Anticipate implications of these trends.

“Develop features of a preferred future for bi-national border transportation and security.”

The U.S. members of this committee “consist of four DOT (Department of transportation) representatives, one United States Department of State representative, and one Representative from each of the four United States Border States.”

Remember that these projections were made in 2001, before George Bush, Vicente Fox and Paul Martin signed the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America at Waco, Texas on March 23, 2005. They also preceded the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force plan for Building a North American Community, the blueprint for implementing the SPP, which was released at the same time.

Four of the preferred visions for 2020, written in the present tense, are either in planning or under construction:

2 A North American transportation system is in place. It includes hi-speed rail, a North American highway system, roro trains (roll on , roll off cargo trucks), fast container ships, and efficient passenger travel. (A North American hi-speed intermodal transportation system that moves cargo, people and more throughout the continent. You know, the NAFTA superhighway and other corridor plans that don’t exist.) Photo: railyard at inland intermodal port.

3 There is a single clearing-house for trans-border crossings. Vehicles are pre-cleared before the borders with a single clearance process, and 85% of traffic is pre-cleared. The single clearance process makes use of electronic ID and verification scanning, (which is also applied to banking). There is easy scanning at borders for pedestrians. (Michael Chertoff is working on that part now. The security system includes a “virtual fence.”)

4 There is mutual trust and respect between all forms and levels of government…

5 Quality transportation and logistics services are available everywhere, to everyone (in North America), for freight and passenger(s) through all North America. (See number 2)

As for number 1, open borders (seamless borders) can happen when a “common security perimeter” is in place around North America. The perimeter is called for in the CFR plan, Building a North American Community, and has been included in immigration “amnesty” bills over the past two years. Senator John McCain, CFR member, has been the principle sponsor of this legislation. It is essential for the eventual economic (and political) union of North America, including governing institutions. (A “common perimeter system” was mentioned in some of the responses.)

Another session of the JWC, Decades – Forecast of 2001-2020, dealt with “how change might occur in the coming two decades, 2001-2020.” The  groups looked back from the year 2020 at projected events, trends, and developments that took place. They emphasized accuracy, “anticipating probable and possible futures…keying on the changes that we actually think are likely and of importance.”

I listed some of the forecasts of the four groups, all of which are in some phase of being realized:

Group 1- Open U.S. – Mexico and North American borders, similar to E.U. (European Union), with COMMON CURRENCY, and economic integration.

Labor-intensive manufacturing companies heading south of Mexico, while there is an agricultural crisis due to costs and corporate farming. Concentration of wealth and LOSS OF CIVIL LIBERTIES.

Group 2- National identification system using biometrics.

Group 3- Borders have opened with seamless transportation within NAFTA (all of North America). There is seamless interface among agencies (government) that deal with trade.

Free trade in the Americas. (See John McCain)

Group 4- Land border crossings disappear.

Interstate highways connect all of North America, Central America, and South America.

Rebuilding railroads, highways through the Americas (including the United States, using cheap labor from south of America’s former border).

Free movement of labor in North America (Photo: Mexican trucks will carry cargo across North America.)

This FHWA report illustrates how the effort to merge the nations of North America includes many branches and levels of government, as well as the the power of large financial interests and transnational corporations. However, it leaves out the citizens of Canada, Mexico and the United States. We are cheap labor and that is not a good omen for the future of America.

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Photo: CISCOR, the Canadian Intelligent Super Corridor, is a national east-west transportation corridor that will connect with three major corridors running north-south.They are NASCO, CANAMEX and ROTCC.

Most of the thousands of  drivers hauling cargo across North America will be from Mexico and Central America, collecting cheap wages.

And the huge labor force being hired to work on the construction of these transportation corridors and inland ports, as well as operate and maintain them, will also be from that region.

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