September 20, 2007
, By Allan Wall Mexico
Mexican Political Convention—Coming To LA
During this exciting and unpredictable political season, there is a political convention scheduled for September 30th, in
It’s not the Democratic Party, nor the Republican Party. Nor is it the Libertarian Party, the Green Party or the Constitution Party. It’s not even the Labor Party, the Marijuana Party or the Socialist Alternative Party.
No, the party holding its convention on that date is the PAN—the Partido Acción Nacional, the National Action Party of…
Now this is not an ordinary PAN convention, as they would hold here in
What’s going on here?
What’s going on is that the political worlds of the
This is a rather recent phenomenon. If I may quote myself from a previous article:
"There was a time, not long ago, when the Mexican government preferred not to mention nor even to acknowledge the existence of American citizens of Mexican ancestry. Was their existence not evidence that Mexican revolutionary nationalism had failed—the fact that some Mexicans were voting with their feet for the
“However, in the waning years of the PRI, (the party that controlled
“This change in orientation coincided with the rise of multiculturalism and ethnic identity politics in the
Mexican meddling also goes hand in hand with the democratization of
But Mexican pluralism provides more reasons for friction with the U.S. Nowadays, the Mexican parties compete with each other as to who can stand up to the gringos, who can defend Mexico’s sovereignty, and who can better stick up for the poor mistreated migrants in Gringolandia. That’s why neither the Mexican Congress nor the Mexican president can afford to ignore the Elvira Arellano melodrama, and why Felipe Calderon felt the need to bash U.S. immigration policy in his State of the Union address. If he doesn’t, the opposition parties will call him a gringo lackey.
In the 2000 Mexican election, candidates Vicente Fox (PAN) and Cuauhtemoc Cardenas (PRD) both traveled to
Back in 1996,
There was a physical impediment, however.
In the future, though, that could change, especially with Mexican political parties recruiting voters.
The first party to really start moving in the
The PAN saw how the PRD was organizing north of the border, and in 2005 began its own organization stateside.
In the ceremony held to set up a
"We are a party committed to the work for Mexico and in Mexico. In that sense, we neither commit ourselves nor will we commit ourselves to any political agenda abroad. Let it be clear, our only agenda is a Mexican political agenda, and we will not take action in
That all sounds fine and dandy…maybe. However, given the dynamics of the current situation, and the profile of some of the PAN activists in the
In two years the PAN has done a lot of organizing, and now has chapters in
Mexican political parties are more tightly-run than American political parties. And within
The PAN convention is scheduled for September 30th, at the Plaza Mexico, in the chambers of the Restaurant Huasteca. The stated goal of the PAN is to increase membership in the
In theory, I wouldn’t object to foreigners meeting with fellow party members inside the
After all, as an American Republican in
The GOP has its "Republicans Abroad" organization, and the Democrats their "Democrats Abroad " organization . But these groups exist to help American expatriates register and vote while living abroad, and to support the party from afar.
However, we must face the reality of the present situation. We have millions of Mexicans, growing numbers of dual citizens, an assertive Mexican identity which resists assimilation and even fantasizes about reconquista, and a Mexican government claiming these emigrants’ loyalty, agitating in favor of illegal aliens, and meddling.
So it would behoove us to take note of any Mexican political activity on U.S. soil.
A look at a few of these PAN activists in the
One of the members of the U.S. PAN consultative council is none other than Juan Hernandez, of Dallas , Texas .
You may recall Mr. Hernandez, of whom I’ve written before.
Hernandez is a dual citizen of the
When Fox became president of
But while heading up the Mexicans Abroad office, Hernandez tirelessly made the rounds in the
"We are betting that the Mexican American population in the
Yes, that Juan Hernandez—Mexican agitator, dual citizen, PAN activist. We need to continue to keep an eye on this guy.
Another active PANISTA in the
"We are talking about civil rights, and we feel like it’s time for us newcomers across the
"The work force in our state depends a lot on us, especially in the farm, poultry and construction industries.
Yes sir, this fellow has really assimilated, hasn’t he?
Juvencio Rocha was even quoted in the New York Times last year, in a nauseating pro-illegal alien agitprop piece by Julia Preston, entitled "Rules Collide with Reality in the Immigration Debate". (May 29th, 2006)
Here’s what Julie said about Juvencio,
"Juvencio Rocha Peralta, the president of the Mexican Association of North Carolina, an advocacy group, said Mexicans felt trapped in a system that seemed contradictory.
“‘You make us break the law because you don’t give us an opportunity to be legal,’ said Mr. Peralta, who came here as an illegal farm worker years ago but was granted amnesty in 1986 and is now a naturalized American citizen. ‘You take my labor, but you won’t give me documents.’ "
Yeah, that’s the attitude of Juvencio Rocha Peralta, dual Mexican-U.S. citizen. Do you have any doubt what sort of causes he’ll be promoting as a PAN activist?
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) resides in