Goode: no continental union

By Peter Hardin, Media General News Service, October 8, 2006

Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., who called for building a fence on the Mexican border long before the idea became politically popular, is setting his sights on a new target.

The Virginia Republican, who represents the 5th District, is asking the House of Representatives to pass a resolution opposing U.S. entry into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada, similar to the European Union.

The resolution that Goode introduced Sept. 28 also opposes a U.S. role in building a “North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System” through the U.S.

“I consider this resolution preventive maintenance,” Goode said last week, acknowledging he had not seen any written proposal by President Bush....

Goode is Virginia’s most outspoken advocate in Congress for clamping down on illegal immigration. A year ago, he was among a few lawmakers calling for a security fence along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico, at a time the idea had not gained momentum....

Goode said in an interview that he is concerned that a NAFTA superhighway system from the west coast of Mexico through the U.S. into Canada might make it easier for drug smugglers and illegal immigrants to enter the country.

As for talk about a North American Union, it would be “in derogation of the sovereignty of the United States,” he cautioned.

His resolution, he said, “at least sends a message across the bow of those who would propose such.”

He was joined in introducing the resolution by three co-sponsors, including Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. Tancredo is nationally known for advocating strict enforcement of laws regulating illegal immigration....

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