Imagine this: your state government puts a transportation corridor in your
neighborhood. It’s nearly a quarter-mile wide. It will serve vehicles and
trains and incorporate oil, gas, electric and water lines. Try to fight it and
you’ll not only face the combined might of your local, state, and federal
governments, but foreign interests as well. The internationalization of U.S. roads
Amnesty for trade cheats
, by Congressman Charles Norwood, June 17, 2005
CAFTA's big secret
by Lou Dobbs, CNN, June 30, 2005
CAFTA: Ideology vs. national interests
by By Patrick J. Buchanan, WorldNetDaily.com, July 27, 2005
There goes the neighborhood
by Phyllis Spivey, NewsWithViews.com, July 22, 2005
Does CAFTA include a visa?
by Rob Sanchez, July 11, 2005
Will CAFTA Affect Immigration to the United States from Central America?
, by NumbersUSA.com
CAFTA Squeaks by Senate, By Tiniest Margin Ever for Trade Bill in History
CAFTA: Exporting American Jobs & Industry
by William Norman Grigg, The New American, published on StopTheFTAA.org, April 18, 2005
Keystone to Convergence
by William Norman Grigg, The New American, published on StopCAFTA.org, April 18, 2005
U.S. Blocked Release of CAFTA Reports
by Assosiated Press, June 29, 2005
CAFTA undermines immigration laws
, by Tom Tancredo, NCTimes.com, July 17, 2005
We’re not just talking about isolated instances of privately-built toll
roads with foreign management, as we’ve seen in Southern California. We’re
talking about networks of toll roads that may be built by foreign builders, managed
by foreign operators, function primarily to accommodate foreign goods, and connect
U.S. roads to similar networks in Canada, Mexico and, later, Central and South
Interstate 69, for example, is a planned 1600 mile national highway connecting
Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. Eight states are involved in the project: Once completed,
I-69 will extend from Port Huron, Michigan to the Texas/Mexico border.
In Texas, I-69 will be part of the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) project –
a 4000 mile network of existing and new toll roads – which will create the
largest private highway system in America. Interstate 35, also called the Oklahoma
to Mexico/Gulf Coast element, will be developed as part of the TTC.
Plans call for the TTC to be 1200 feet wide with 10 vehicle lanes (three passenger
vehicle lanes in each direction), truck lanes (two in each direction), six rail
lines (three in each direction), two tracks for high-speed passenger rail, two
for commuter rail and two for freight. The corridor will include a 200 feet right-of-way
for oil, gas, electric and water lines.
According to Corridor Watch, a group opposing the TTC, Governor Rick Perry
announced his Corridor vision in 2002, instructed the Texas Department of Transportation
to prepare an action plan and within six-months the Department of Transportation
presented the finished product to the state Transportation Commission. “Without
any substantive discussion or debate and without public comment,” the Commission
approved it, a plan projected to cost up to $185 billion and take up to 50 years
In 2003, the Texas Department of Transportation sent representatives to Europe
to find “partners,” visiting London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Barcelona.
By December 2004, Texas had selected a Spanish firm to finance and build the first
segment of the TTC. In March 2005, Department of Transportation officials, joined
by Governor Perry and Federal Highway Administrator Mary Peters, signed a 342-page
agreement with the firm...
Three months later, the Republican Party of Texas adopted as part of its platform
the following statement: “Because there are issues of confiscation of private
land, State and National sovereignty . . . , the Party urges the repeal of (legislation)
authorizing the Trans-Texas Corridor. Further, we urge the removal of all authorization
and powers granted the Texas Transportation Commission and the Texas Department
of Transportation for the construction and operation of the Trans-Texas Corridor.”
Corridor Watch now reports widespread and growing public opposition, describing
Texans as “extremely concerned about the state creating a transportation,
communication, utility and economic development monopoly. They are concerned about
a project that will consume 584,000 acres of land impacting land owners, farms,
ranches, wildlife, the environment, communities, taxpayers, water rights, local
economies, and more.”
Texans are also concerned about how the law authorizing the TTC grants dictatorial
powers to the Transportation Commission for the taking of private property. The
powers include purchase and condemnation of property contiguous to an existing
or planned segment of the TTC, for use in constructing or operating the TTC, or
for ancillary facilities that directly benefit users of the TTC, e.g., businesses,
and – “for virtually any revenue generating purpose.”...
NASCO opines that, because of “several important trade agreements, the
heartland of America enters a new era as a geographic crossroad for international
trade.” They refer to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) nations
of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. and “those who will follow,” doubtless
meaning the CAFTA and FTAA (pending trade agreements) countries of Central and
South America. NASCO’s Web site links to the NAFTA Secretariat site where
you may view "the complete text of the NAFTA."...
The CNATCA (www.cnatca.org) aims to encourage “continued economic integration
between the three North American countries and to foster greater collective involvement
in the emerging global economy.” Dedicated to “proactive global citizenship,”
the Association’s Web site presents the flags of Canada, the United States
and Mexico both horizontally and vertically, but as one entity, the U.S. flag
between the other two.
CNATCA’s project, the Central North American Trade Corridor, extends
from Alaska through the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan
and Manitoba, through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, the Oklahoma
panhandle, and Texas, and then south of the U.S. border to Mexico City....
Nearly two dozen states have passed legislation allowing their transportation
systems to operate toll roads and okaying private firms to build and run them.
The Bush Administration is easing the way for states to convert car pool lanes
to toll lanes, and to allow private investors to build and operate highways. Converting
existing roads to toll corridors – thereby forcing taxpayers to pay each
time they use roads for which they’ve already paid – is a great revenue
producer for big spending governments....
The trade agreements that have already transformed America’s culture
and economy; will now slice up America’s heartland – at U.S. taxpayers’
expense – decimating farmland, small communities and, of course, property
rights. Our shredded borders will open fully to trucks, busses, and people from
all points north and south, the trucks delivering products and services once produced
in the U.S.A. by Americans.
President Bush is demanding Congressional approval of the Central American
Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Many legislators – even those who express
outrage over present border problems -- have already caved. Call your Congressman
toll free at 1(877)762-8762. Demand a No! vote on CAFTA.