Skip to comments.Heidi Cruz's work for the Council on Foreign Relations: Building a North American Community
Posted on 05/15/2015 9:37:25 AM PDT by Jack Black
The Task Force offers a detailed and ambitious set of proposals that build on the recommendations adopted by the three governments at the Texas summit of March 2005.
The Task Forces central recommendation is the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity.Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America.
Shared challenge of uneven economic development. A fast lane to development is crucial for Mexico to contribute to the security of the entire region. Mexicos development has failed to prevent deep disparities between different regions of the country, and particularly between remote regions and those better connected to international markets. Northern states have grown ten times faster than those in the center and south of the country. Lack of economic opportunity encourages unauthorized migration and has been found to be associated with corruption, drug trafficking, violence, and human suffering. Improvements in human capital and physical infrastructure in Mexico, particularly in the center and south of the country, would knit these regions more firmly into the North American economy and are in the economic and security interest of all three countries. Leaders in our three countries have acknowledged
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While Ted may not have a record on international trade issues, his wife does. As a member of the influential and controversial Council on Foreign relations, and while working as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in Houston, she was part of a task force which issued this report.
The report is available at the link via PDF download. Some of the specific recommendations of the task force I found interesting include:
WHAT WE SHOULD DO BY 2010
Lay the groundwork for the freer flow of people withinNorth America.
The three governments should commit themselves to the long-term goal of dramatically diminishing the need for the current intensity of the governments physical control of cross-border traffic, travel, and trade within North America. A long-term goal for a North American border action plan should be joint screening of travelers from third countries at their first point of entry into North America and the elimination of most controls over the temporary movement of these travelers within North America.
Develop a North American Border Pass. The three countries should develop a secure North American Border Passwith biometric identifiers. This document would allow its bearers expedited passage through customs, immigration, and airport security throughout the region. The program would be modeled on the U.S.-Canadian NEXUS and the U.S.-Mexican SENTRI programs, which Recommendations 9 provide smart cards to allow swifter passage to those who pose no risk. Only those who voluntarily seek, receive, and pay the costs for a security clearance would obtain a Border Pass. The pass would be accepted at all border points within North America as a complement to, but not a replacement for, national identity documents or passports.
Expand NORAD into a multiservice Defense Command. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has for decades been the primary vehicle for expression of the unique defense alliance between Canada and the United States. As recommended in a report of the Canadian-U.S. Joint Planning Group, NORAD should evolve into amultiservice Defense Command that would expand the principle of Canadian-U.S. joint command to land and naval as well as air forces engaged in defending the approaches to North America.
In addition, Canada and the United States should reinforce other bilateral defense institutions, including the Permanent Joint Board on Defense and Joint Planning Group, and invite Mexico to send observers.
Increase information and intelligence-sharing at the local and national levels in both law enforcement and military organizations. Law enforcement cooperation should be expanded from its current levels through the exchange of liaison teams and better use of automated systems for tracking, storing, and disseminating timely intelligence. This should be done immediately. In the area ofmilitary cooperation, collaboration can proceed more slowly, especially between U.S. and Mexican militaries. However, the ultimate goal needs to be the timely sharing of accurate information and intelligence and higher levels of cooperation.
The United States and Canada should invite Mexico to consider more extensive information-sharing and collaborative planning involving military organizations and law enforcement as a means to build mutual trust and pave the way for closer cooperation in the future. Training and exercises should be developed to increase the cooperation and interoperability among and between the law enforcement agencies and militaries. These steps will provide better capabilities for detection of threats, preventative action, crisis response, and consequence management. At least one major trilateral exercise conducted by law enforcement authorities and one by the militaries should be established as a goal over the next year. Of course, the 12 Building a North American Community extent of cooperation will be affected by the progress of reform of the police forces, customs, and judicial branch in Mexico.
In addition to the sharing of information, a Joint Analysis Center should be established immediately to serve as a clearing house for information and development of products for supporting law enforcement and, as appropriate, military requirements.
Probably of interest to the Ted Cruz ping list.
I want less internationalist and global elite planned border eradication, not more.
I consider it part of the vetting process, that we here are FR rightly pride ourselves on.
Then I guess you won’t be voting for Heidi Cruz then. LOL
Hell...they’re all on the take. We’re on our own.
She helped craft Building a North American Community while there.
taken from a another reply.
Any way out of this mess is going to involve leaders who see beyond their own interests and pasts. George Washington could have likely become a dictator, or president for life, but he walked away. Without many of his character, we’re doomed anyway. We don’t want politicians who are nihilists, they have to make the best play given the cards they are dealt.
I'll continue to send volunteer time and real money to the Cruz campaign.
I have an agenda. I want to vote for a real conservative, not the liberal picked by the media or the GOP-E.
Over-vetting at this point seems inappropriate to the task at hand, in my opinion.
Well, wow. I guess I’m going to have to vote for Jeb, the anointed one, aye? Not.
James Warburg, early member of the Council on Foreign Relations, said, "We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest."
Only the lowest bottom feeders go after the families anyway.
I have one. I admit it. I want to vote for a conservative, and I didn't vote for that liberal Romney last time, so I won't be voting for the GOP-E liberal this time.
Exactly. I’m not looking for our candidate to be ideologically pure as the Founding Fathers. That said, if Cruz is elected he needs to keep Heidi at arms length from being an “adviser”. The CFR isn’t on too many Christmas card lists around here.
Yep, it’s amazing how much the world has changed in the
last few hundred years.
clippetty-clopping over hill and plain.
Seems as how theyll never stop.
Clippetty-clop, clippetty-clop, clippetty, clippetty,
clippetty, clippetty, clippetty-clopping along.
Unfortunately, that’s half the country who vote Democrat.
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