A [Utah] House committee unanimously passed a joint resolution Tuesday that urges the president and Congress to withdraw from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, now moves to the House floor for a vote.
The SPP, while not an institution, is harshly criticized by some Utah groups. Resolution supporters told the committee Tuesday that the purpose of the SPP is to remove sovereignty from the United States and give it to a North American union, similar to the European Union. The SPP involves the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Wally McCormick, of the Utah Constitution Coalition and Utah Minuteman Project, said that the SPP will allow for “a 5-square-mile area, that is supposedly going to be owned by Mexico, within our own country, run by their officers, run by their soldiers.”
McCormick called the SPP a scam. Referencing previous testimony, McCormick said that “The federal income tax is the second biggest scam perpetrated on the American people. I extend that further in saying that this scam about the SPP and what it is going to do to America may be the first biggest scam upon the American people.”
Similar measures have already been introduced in Virginia and South Carolina. And yes, that’s the John Birch Society webpage you’re looking at there. Note the nifty “I pledge allegiance…” merchandise in the sidebar.
What can be done at this late hour? Who can save us from the impending scourge of having to share sovereignty with Canadians? Comes a man…
“We’ve lost a lot of momentum,” he acknowledged, his voice growing softer. “I do not know to what extent our efforts have been jeopardized, except they have been. The dynamics around here have changed. There’s no two ways about it.”
The shift in Congressional power was a driving force behind his decision to form a presidential exploratory committee, he said.
Tancredo has repeatedly opposed a guest-worker program because he said it would reward immigrants who entered the country illegally. But now, “if I see we’re truly enforcing the law…I’d be willing to talk about a potential guest worker program.”