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The La Paz Agreement was signed in 1983 and it created an
international border region using environmental cleanup as
the excuse. With the benefit of hindsight - and a
close examination of the provisions of the La Paz Agreement,
it's clear that the intent was to begin the process of
integration of the U.S. and Mexican governments for the
purpose of harmonization of our laws in preparation for the
creation of the 'International Union of American Republics'
as mentioned by George Bush in his 2001 speech on
Pan-American day (see
page 1). The IUAR is what researchers call
the North American Union.
The Border XXI Program name has been changed to Border 2012, but information on XXI is still available on the EPA website: Border XXI - Executive Summary
The information in the panel below was originally obtained
from the U.S. Mexico Embassy website, but it has since been
taken down. The pages were recovered however, and were
placed in a
The 1983 La Paz
The United States of America and the United Mexican States, RECOGNIZING the importance of a healthful environment to the long-term economic and social well-being of present and future generations of each country as well as of the global community;
RECALLING that the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, proclaimed in Stockholm in 1972, called upon nations to collaborate to resolve environmental problems of common concern; NOTING previous agreements and programs providing for environmental cooperation between the two countries; BELIEVING that such cooperation is of mutual benefit in coping with similar environmental problems in each country; ACKNOWLEDGING the important work of the International Boundary and Water Commission and the contribution of the agreements concluded between the two countries relating to environmental affairs; REAFFIRMING their political will to further strengthen and demonstrate the importance attached by both Governments to cooperation on environmental protection and in furtherance of the principle of good neighborliness; Have agreed as follows:
For the purposes of this Agreement, it shall be understood that the "border area" refers to the area situated 100 kilometers on either side of the inland and maritime boundaries between the Parties.
Each Party designates a
national coordinator whose
principal functions will be to
coordinate and monitor
implementation of this
recommendations to the
Parties, and organize the
annual meetings referred to in
Article 10, and the meetings
of the experts referred to in
Article 11. Additional
responsibilities of the
national coordinators may be
agreed to in an annex to this
Agreement. In the case
of the United States of
America the national
coordinator shall be the
Agency, and in the case of
Mexico it shall be the Secretaria de Desarrollo
Urbano y Ecologia, through the
Subsecretaria de Ecologia.
who may be
Unless otherwise agreed, each Party shall bear the cost of its participation in the implementation of this Agreement, including the expenses of personnel who participate in any activity undertaken on the basis of it. For the training of personnel, the transfer of equipment and the construction of installations related to the implementation of this Agreement, the Parties may agree on a special modality of financing, taking into account the objectives defined in this Agreement.
1972 Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment
What the La Paz agreement did was to establish a fiefdom headed up by unelected government employees - giving them virtually unlimited power to expand their areas of responsibilities with the power to recruit an army of non-governmental organizations (NGO) to lobby for them. Essentially the areas included in the La Paz fiefdom were commandeered from the states through which it runs.
By defining the perimeters of the border region, it created a separate and independent international zone between Mexico and the U.S. Effectively, they were internationalizing the EPA with this agreement. They also provided a means to get financing outside the normal funding streams of the U.S. Congress - like from the United Nations for example or from private donors like David Rockefeller.
Expanding Areas of Responsibility
Any organization - government or corporate that has the authority and money to expand areas of responsibilities will do so. The La Paz Agreement gave the fiefdom of the border region that power. Supposedly, the mandate of the EPA is health of the environment so the next power partner to add was Health and Human Services. And of course, working in an international zone with an international body, they had to establish an international section of their department. These working group members embedded within our government are the Fifth Column.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Global Affairs Office
U.S.-Mexico Border XXI Program
The Border XXI Program is a binational, interagency program aimed at protecting and improving the environment and environmental health, while fostering sustainable development in the U.S.-Mexico border area. The objectives of the Border XXI Program include public involvement, decentralization of border decision making, and increased cooperation between the different governmental agencies operating in the border region. The program is implemented through nine binational Workgroups that integrate the efforts of other participating entities and define specific projects to achieve the Program's objectives. The Workgroups are committed to encouraging active state participation in their endeavors and exploring additional mechanisms to promote border community participation and integrated regional planning.
The six Workgroups (1-6 below) that were initiated under the La Paz Agreement are (1) water, (2) air, (3) hazardous and solid waste, (4) pollution prevention, (5) contingency planning and emergency response, and (6) cooperative enforcement and compliance. Recognizing that the environment needs to be considered from a comprehensive perspective, Border XXI integrates three new Workgroups. These are (7) environmental information resources, (8) natural resources, and (9) environmental health.
This one was really clever. They embedded this group within the Border Patrol itself giving the agency two diametrically opposing tasks. No doubt the ultimate goal was/is to completely eliminate the law enforcement side of the Border Patrol in a strategy rather like the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
From an article on Daneen Peterson's website titled, "Treason Abounds":
Expansion and Binational
An agreement to expand BORSTAR
along the southwest border was
one of the agreements reached
during a series of meetings
between the United States and
Mexico regarding binational
efforts to promote border
safety. BORSTAR Teams began
providing binational training
to Mexican officers in the
year 2000. In 2001, team
members shared basic skills
and knowledge with more than
400 Mexican law enforcement
officials. Binational training
addressed basic search and
rescue, first aid, land
navigation, basic technical
rescue, and aquatic safety
training to enhance public
safety near the border has
already produced dramatic
results: In the last year,
1,200 people were rescued.
U.S. Mexico - Plan of Cooperation on Migration
In 1983, the federal governments of the United States and Mexico signed the La Paz Agreement for the protection, improvement, and conservation of the environment on the U.S.-Mexico border. The border region was defined as the area within 62 miles (100 Km) on either side of the geographic border separating the two countries. Nine years later, environmental authorities of both countries released the Integrated Border Environmental Plan (IBEP), which involved six workgroups including: Air, Water, Hazardous and Solid Wastes, Pollution Prevention, Contingency Planning and Emergency Response, and Enforcement. The implementation of the IBEP was criticized because the public was not asked to help develop the plan and because little attention was given to natural resources and environmental health issues. These identified shortcomings led to the Border XXI Program, which ran from 1996 to 2000. Then in 2001, the U.S. and Mexican agencies ex+plored ways to improve binational environmental planning efforts in the region and created the Border 2012 program to address environmental issues in the region for the next 10 years.
CDCís Environmental Hazards and Health Effects Program (EHHE) has been and continues to be active in environmental health activities along the U.S.-Mexico border. EHHE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [external link], and other federal agencies are involved in the Border 2012 program to address environmental health issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. Information on the Border 2012 program can be found at http://www.epa.gov/usmexicoborder/ [external link].
NAFTA - Mexico's Accession to the Helsinki Accords