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The Zapatistas Start Getting Attention

By Greg L | 12 March 2008 | Zapatistas, Crime | 13 Comments

The radical agenda of Mexicans Without Borders is getting some long-overdue attention, courtesy of President of the American Policy Center Tom DeWeese. His blog posting “Why Illegal Immigration is a Threat to the United States” takes a comprehensive look at the problems associated with the unlawful presence of illegal aliens, the groups that support illegal aliens, and the efforts to address the issue. Efforts in Prince William County get mentioned, as does our favorite local band of radicals:

In Manassas, Virginia the Mexicanos Sin Fronteras and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation are the two most prominent “pro-Hispanic” voices. In fact, these two groups are spearheading the illegal alien lobby in Prince William County, where Manassas is located. This is the “mainstream opposition” to efforts to curb illegal immigration in that community. Together, these groups are holding rallies and calling for boycotts and even the violent overthrow of the United States. Again, these groups are not fringe radicals. They are the most prominent voices for the illegals.

Since the issue of the radical nature of Mexicans Without Borders hasn’t been extensively reported, and DeWeese isn’t one of the folks on the ground here in Prince William County who might have had an opportunity to become familiar with this group, he unfortunately makes a couple of mistakes here. While it’s a positive development to see the discussion begin within a wider audience about Mexicanos Sin Fronteras and the larger “Sin Fronteras” movement, it is important to ensure that the discussion is strictly based on fact. There is little need to exaggerate the disturbing nature of this organization, as the facts by themselves are entirely adequate to raise entirely valid national security concerns in and of themselves.

Mexicanos Sin Fronteras was originally founded as the Comite Zapatista Los Pasamontanas, or “Zapatista Committee of the Knitted Cap” in 1992 by a group of radicals including Ricardo Juarez, a construction worker from Mexico who told the Washington Post that entered the country by crossing the Rio Grande in an inner tube, presumably in violation of federal immigration laws. At some point they changed their name to the ever-more politically acceptable “Mexicanos Sin Fronteras”, but quite obviously maintained their allegiance to the Zapatista cause. In 2005, they sent a delegation down to Mexico in order to sign on with “The Other Campaign” and pledged to provide moral, material, and financial support to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Their website still has this picture of Arnoldo Borjas addressing the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (the EZLN) while wearing a ski mask, along with several long tirades which identify Mexicans Without Borders as being anti-capitalist and call the United State the most terrorist nation in world history.


Mexicans Without Borders periodically sends delegations to meet with EZLN leader “Subcommandante Marcos” in order to work on joint strategies and presumably deliver the material support they’ve promised to the EZLN. The reports of these conferences almost always contain disturbing references to forcibly annexing territory of the United States, a “reconquista” philosophy known as “El Plan de Aztlan“, as well as calls to destroy capitalism and impose socialism. Here’s one example:

“Union of the District, with more than 25 years “fighting for the socialist unification of the Mexican mother country”, showed that “when commerce is free it subjugates the town more. The essence of our fight is immigration. The new fight of liberation will have to be transnational “.

“We are a group of young people who raised itself in 1994 with the influence of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. We organized migrants [illegal aliens] to watch in our districts, but we must make a network in all of Aztlán. You are we, we are you “.

While the State Department does not list the Zapatista Army of National Liberation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, it has alleged that the EZLN has engaged in terrorism in the past. As part of an armed rebellion against the Mexican Government in 1995, the EZLN seized three cities by force of arms, has executed captured prisoners, and conducted bombings and rocket attacks against both military and civilian targets. While the armed conflict between the EZLN and the Mexican Government is now in an uneasy truce, the EZLN continues to occupy areas in Southern Mexico which they call “autonomous indigenous zones”, from which thousands of civillians have been displaced.

As part of the “Other Campaign”, the EZLN has attempted to establish an international network of footsoldiers who lend the EZLN support. These Zapatista cells are active in numerous countries throughout the world, and have participated in everything from peaceful meetings and somewhat less peaceful street protests, all the way up to the notorious riots in the Paris suburbs of 2005. Many of these are gleefully documented on the EZLN’s photo gallery. In the United States, other Zapatista “Sin Fronteras” organizations have been established in Portland, Chicago, Houston, Oakland and other cities, all dedicated to the proposition that all borders should be erased and rebellion is an imperative.

Here’s a few photos from that gallery, which the EZLN is so proud of:

Without a doubt, these Zapatista organizations contain within their membership a substantial number of foreign nationals. Ricardo Juarez has remarked to the press that the majority of the members of Mexicans Without Borders are “undocumented migrants.” That these foreign nationals conduct massive marches demanding we adjust our laws to suit the needs of those who have broken them is enraging enough, but when the official position of this group is that the United States is the most terrorist nation in world history, and has as core goals the destruction of capitalism and rebellion, we’ve crossed from outrageous behavior into the realm of a disturbing national security issue.

It’s important to raise these questions about radical Zapatista activities in the United States, because there is such a depth and breadth of troubling information which has gotten relatively no press coverage. At the same time the media frequently quotes radicals such as the Zapatistas as credible spokesmen for the immigrant community, they should be looking into just who these folks are.



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13 Comments

  1. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 12 Mar 2008 at 4:53 pm:
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    We don’t need these kinds of radical groups in our communities. It is time for law enforcement to get to the bottom of who is leading these groups and investigate them.

  2. Belle Hertanez said on 12 Mar 2008 at 10:09 pm:
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    As a legal immigrant, this embarassed me beyond belief.

    As a US Citizen, “infuriated” just isn’t the word.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBONmdeRvpM

  3. Michael said on 12 Mar 2008 at 11:20 pm:
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    It’s an illegal invasion of the worst kind. Our morals, our values, our ethics, our laws against their lawlessness, arrogance, discrimmination and militarism.

    Are we just expected to stand their and take that like a good little politically correct “socialist”?

    Illegal people, and sympathizers of illegal people, you just stuck you hand into the wrong beehive and are about to get stug. The backlash and moral highground battle has just begun.

  4. Michael said on 12 Mar 2008 at 11:21 pm:
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    “Stung”…you know like a bee that’s been enraged when it’s home has been invaded to steal the honey.

  5. Ducky said on 13 Mar 2008 at 2:29 am:
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    Heck, some of you would probably agree with the anti-NAFTA, anti-free trade, anti-globalization rhetoric this EZLN group spews forth. To wit:

    The EZLN opposes corporate globalization, or neoliberalism, arguing that it severely and negatively affects the peasant way of life of its indigenous support base.

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an example of neoliberal policy that the EZLN is against. Apart from opening the Mexican market to cheap mass-produced US agricultural products it spells an end to Mexican crop subsidies and drastically reduces income and living standards of many southern Mexican farmers who cannot compete with the subsidized, artificially fertilized, mechanically harvested and genetically modified imports from the United States. The signing of NAFTA also resulted in the removal of Article 27 Section VII in the Mexican Constitution which previously had guaranteed land reparations to indigenous groups throughout Mexico.

    The Zapatistas went public on January 1, 1994, the day that the NAFTA agreement went into effect. The initial goal of the EZLN was to instigate a revolution in all of Mexico but as this did not happen, they used their uprising as a platform to call the world’s attention to their movement to protest the signing of NAFTA, which the EZLN believed would only intensify the gap between the rich and the poor in Chiapas.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapatista_Army_of_National_Liberation

  6. T_T said on 13 Mar 2008 at 4:48 am:
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    Wow. Wikipedia… great source of unbiased information >

  7. Anonymous said on 13 Mar 2008 at 5:30 am:
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    Ducky,

    I hear homes along the border in Mexico are available, I suggest you move to one! It sounds like your allegiance lies south of the border. I’m sure we could rationalize some of the things stated by the KKK also. Think about it.

  8. Anonymous said on 13 Mar 2008 at 6:38 am:
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    Are you sure these aren’t just some KKK members vacationing in Mexico and couldn’t find any clean pillow cases?

  9. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 13 Mar 2008 at 8:02 am:
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    The liberal ones (sympathizers) always like to talk about people just getting along, etc. etc. That would be great! However, that just doesn’t happen due to greed, power, money, etc. This rhetoric is almost always carried out by people who don’t live within the actual problem (or worse…those who are PART OF THE PROBLEM). Typically, these people live in their gated communities or nice little “college” towns sitting in their little “bohemian coffee shops” pondering life’s mysteries and how they will “save the world” and “humanity”. Just wait for the invasion to come to your comfy little area and mess things up. Will you change your tune? I think so. It almost always happens. Will you embrace the increase in crime, overcrowded “bunk houses”, being overtaxed, and not being able to go to the ER when it shuts its doors? Please don’t move either! Since you talk a lot of talk we want to make sure you walk the walk.

  10. Anonymous said on 13 Mar 2008 at 8:54 am:
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    Anonymous said on 13 Mar 2008 at 6:38 am:
    Are you sure these aren’t just some KKK members vacationing in Mexico and couldn’t find any clean pillow cases?

    “When in Rome…..”

  11. jfk said on 13 Mar 2008 at 9:18 am:
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    I wonder why a Mexican communist group would be plotting to overthrow the US system, since by definition they are a Mexican organization? Could it be that in Mexico the government plays hardball with these folks and keeps them in line?

    There is no reason why people like Mr. Juarez should be in this country, given that he is a self-admitted illegal alien. His goal is to be an agitator, not to raise his children or do the jobs that Americans won’t do. What is his contribution to our society that justifies his extended visit here?

    To me, it just shows how gutless the politicians and ICE officials are. Because Mr. Juarez is in a public role, he has become untouchable.

  12. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 13 Mar 2008 at 11:17 am:
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    ICE needs to deal with him like they did with that lady that holed up in the sanctuary church…Arellano (spelling?). Deport…Deport…Deport!

  13. Desperado said on 15 Mar 2008 at 11:08 pm:
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    Zapastia’s, coming to a town near you. Viva la Revolucion’ !!!

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