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If a devastating flu pandemic strikes North America, there is a plan to keep our common borders with Canada and Mexico open for commerce. From the U.S. Department of State Fact Sheet, August 17, 2007:

“Central to the plan is a North American approach that undertakes measures to maintain the flow of people, services, and cargo across the borders during a severe pandemic while striving to protect our citizens.” (According to a U.S. State Department page no longer available; 06/18/2011.)
However; “The President supports efforts to develop and deploy technology to maximize port security without causing economic disruption, and enhancing the security of key transportation networks—including surface, air, and maritime networks—that connect our nation and the world.”
The following  explains why the borders will remain open.

A North American Community (aka Union) has been under construction since March 23, The 2010 date for a common security perimeter around North America has slipped due to a failure to pass necessary legislation.2005 when the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed in a meeting in Waco, Texas to form the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). Its goal is the “establishment by 2010 of a security and economic community for North America… [which] buttresses the goals and values of citizens of North America…” USINFO/StateDept.

Notice that this article from the U.S. Department of State refers to “citizens” of North America. Those in government and the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on the future of NORTH AMERICA want American citizens to think of themselves as North Americans so that we become used to the idea of an integrated continent without internal borders.

The Council on Foreign Relations Task Force plan for “Building a North American Community’ is “a road map to transform North America into a trading area that allows for the seamless movement of goods, increased labor mobility (cheap labor) and energy security.” The boundaries of this community “would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter.” CFR plan, pages xvii, 3, 8.

This CFR “common security perimeter” can be found on the USINFO link above, the Council on Foreign Relations site, and on most comprehensive immigration “amnesty” bills the last four years. None of the bills passed. The North American Competitiveness Council (NACC), consisting of CEOs from North America (Campbell Soup Company, Lockheed-Martin), requested this new border from the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States. This perimeter is the key to an integrated continent with governing institutions (NAFTA trade tribunal,  NACC, etc.) exercising sovereignty over the member nations. A North American Community can’t be governed by three nations deciding policy and laws for a corporate trading region. And it won’t.

Under this North American Community, commerce is the top priority. Disasters, such as a severe flu pandemic on the continent will be met by a trinational plan for keeping the borders open. Since the future of America will consist of an eventual European Union style of open interior borders, George Bush and John McCain were adamantly opposed to the border fence. Michael Chertoff and Condoleezza Rice were assigned responsibility in these immigration bills for the completion of this continental outer perimeter (virtual fence). Documentation at the end of this article.  [1]

“The North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza was announced by the presidents of the United States and Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada on August 21, 2007 in Montebello, Canada, at the North American Leaders Summit. The plan was developed as part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The SPP is a trilateral effort launched in March 2005 to increase security and prosperity in Canada, Mexico and the United States through greater cooperation and information sharing. The three nations are working together through the SPP to prepare for a threat that could disrupt our economies and cause widespread illness and death if it reaches our shores: highly pathogenic avian influenza-or bird flu-and the potential emergence of a human influenza.”

Response teams from all three nations would react to a significant incident in North The National guard and regular military will be part of a North American response force.America. This would include integrated civil agencies and military from all three nations, operating throughout North America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida. A U.S. Army brigade has been assigned permanently to the United States for the first time “as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.” They would train and operate with Canadian and Mexican forces throughout the continent as needed.

In an Army Times article on the U.S. brigade:

“They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack…Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Steward…” Oct. 1, 2008.

Those pursuing this  North American trading area are in the process of planning North American super corridors will allow electronially cleared commerce and people to cross borders without stoppingand building the infrastructure for a system of super corridors across the continent. Dock workers (Mexicans) will unload cargo from China at super ports being constructed on the West coast of Mexico by Wal-Mart and a Chinese company. Then drivers (Mexicans) will bring the cargo north to distribution points in the United States and Canada without having to stop at the American border. This will avoid the extra cost of hiring Americans on the west coast of the U.S.

U.S. ports of entry are being upgraded to meet the increase in traffic. These projects, including the super transportation corridors, are a partnership of private groups and governments, such as states and provinces in all three nations. Contrary to what the U.S. government says, taxpayer money is allocated to be used for projects in Canada and Mexico. The funding, though, must go “from the Federal Highway Administration to an American border state, which then finds a way to transfer it to a state government in Mexico or a province in Canada.”

Governor Rick Perry, who meets with his counterparts across the border to discuss these corridors and transportation projects, has been trying to use imminent domain to evict thousands of Texas ranchers and farmers the past several years in order to finish the Trans Texas Corridor,  part of a NAFTA transportation corridor. It will consume over a half million acres of land. The project will be a toll highway, built and operated by the Spanish company Cintra.

This North American Community is still being put together and open borders is the key component of a fully integrated continent. The CFR plan for Building a North American Community describes what should happen by 2010:

“To make companies based in North America as competitive as possible in the global economy, Canada and the United States should consider eliminating all remaining barriers to the ability of their citizens to live and work in the other country. This free flow of people would offer an important advantage to employers in both countries by giving them rapid access to a larger pool of skilled (cheap) labor…In the long term, the two countries should work to extend this policy to Mexico as well, though doing so will not be practical until wage differentials between Mexico and its two North American neighbors have diminished considerably.” Guess whose wages will diminish considerably. CFR plan pages 27,28.

The reason these borders must be open is that they are becoming part of a massive system of transportation corridors, carrying  goods and people, including temporary cheap labor, throughout North America. And corporations don’t want a repeat of the interruption of commerce that occurred after 9/11. This, by the way, was not a problem before these corporations made us “interdependent”.

And one day, citizens from the three nations will be able to  “live and work” anywhere inside the perimeter. They can keep their language, their culture, their foreign citizenship and they don’t have to assimilate. The question is would you have loyalty to, or defend a corporate state which sees you as a tool to be used for profits.

[1] An example of a comprehensive immigration bill and its mandate for a common security perimeter around North America is S. 2611, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006,  co-sponsored by CFR member Senator John McCain. Click here for the bill:

Go to Sec. 113 (a), scroll down to (3), then (E)

Under (a), the Secretary of State (Condoleezza Rice) and the Secretary  of Homeland Security (Michael Chertoff) would have been responsible for the implementation of the perimeter and for submitting reports on the progress of the project.

Under (3), (E), the reports would cover the progress “…in developing and implementing an immigration strategy for North America that works toward the development of a common security perimeter…”

Sec. 114, Improving the Security of Mexico’s Southern Border. The goal is to secure Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala and Belize as part of the common security perimeter. The Merida Initiative, signed by Bush, is supposed to accomplish that.

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