LOU DOBBS, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, everybody. Tonight, an astonishing
proposal to expand our borders to incorporate Mexico and Canada and
simultaneously further diminish U.S. sovereignty. Have our political elites
gone mad? We'll have a special report.
DOBBS: Border security is arguably the critical issue in this country's
fight against radical Islamist terrorism. But our borders remain porous. So
porous that three million illegal aliens entered this country last year,
nearly all of them from Mexico.
Now, incredibly, a panel sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations wants
the United States to focus not on the defense of our own borders, but rather
create what effectively would be a common border that includes Mexico and
Christine Romans has the report.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): On Capitol Hill, testimony
calling for Americans to start thinking like citizens of North America and
treat the U.S., Mexico and Canada like one big country.
ROBERT PASTOR, IND. TASK FORCE ON NORTH AMERICA: The best way to secure the
United States today is not at our two borders with Mexico and Canada, but at
the borders of North America as a whole.
ROMANS: That's the view in a report called "Building a North American
Community." It envisions a common border around the U.S., Mexico and Canada
in just five years, a border pass for residents of the three countries, and
a freer flow of goods and people.
Task force member Robert Pastor.
PASTOR: What we hope to accomplish by 2010 is a common external tariff which
will mean that goods can move easily across the border. We want a common
security perimeter around all of North America, so as to ease the travel of
people within North America.
ROMANS: Buried in 49 pages of recommendations from the task force, the brief
mention, "We must maintain respect for each other's sovereignty." But
security experts say folding Mexico and Canada into the U.S. is a grave
breach of that sovereignty.
FRANK GAFFNEY, CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY: That's what would happen if
anybody serious were to embrace this strategy for homogenizing the United
States and its sovereignty with the very different systems existing today in
Canada and Mexico.
ROMANS: Especially considering Mexico's problems with drug trafficking,
human smuggling and poverty. Critics say the country is just too far behind
the U.S. and Canada to be included in a so-called common community. But the
task force wants military and law enforcement cooperation between all three
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Indeed, an exchange of personnel that bring Canadians and
Mexicans into the Department of Homeland Security.
ROMANS: And it wants temporary migrant worker programs expanded with full
mobility of labor between the three countries in the next five years.
ROMANS: The idea here is to make North America more like the European Union.
Yet, just this week, voters in two major countries in the European Union
voted against upgrading -- updating the European constitution. So clearly,
this is not the best week to be trying to sell that idea.
DOBBS: Americans must think that our political and academic elites have gone
utterly mad at a time when three-and-a-half years, approaching four years
after September 11, we still don't have border security. And this group of
elites is talking about not defending our borders, finally, but rather
creating new ones. It's astonishing.
ROMANS: The theory here is that we are stronger together, three countries in
one, rather than alone.
DOBBS: Well, it's a -- it's a mind-boggling concept. Christine Romans, thank
you, as always.