Does ‘Secure the Border’ Mean ‘Keep America White’?

LZ Granderson, CNN, February 21, 2012

In case you plan to see Wednesday’s GOP debate, allow me to offer up some crib notes so you don’t get lost.


Now there will be plenty of other buzz words and euphemisms that will be tossed around during the debate, but since it is being held in Arizona, chances are the most popular phrase will be “secure the border.”

We must secure the border.

The candidates will argue that it’s a matter of national security. That it isn’t just the friendly illegal immigrants looking for work we must worry about, but terrorists, drug lords and other criminals who seek to make their way through our porous border. They will say if they were president they would build walls, add troops, even commission a Death Star to keep this country safe.


They all will receive applause, and it will all sound great . . . until you realize that “secure the border” is slang for “keep the Mexicans out.”

Oh boy, here comes the black guy playing the race card again.

Yep, that’s me—pointing out that the Canadian border is largely ignored in this dialogue despite being more than twice the size of the Mexican border and less than 1% secure, according to a 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office. Even if we were to disregard the 1,538 miles between Alaska and Canada, the 3,987 mile border connecting the lower 48 to our neighbors up north is still much larger than the 1,933-mile stretch that connects us to Mexico.

And yet the attention we give the northern border is miniscule at best when compared to the resources we allocate to the south. There are definitely reasons for serious concern about safety along the Mexican border, but according to our own intelligence, Mexico should hardly be our only concern.

You would think presidential hopefuls genuinely concerned about our safety would remember that just four years ago, Michael Chertoff, President Bush’s Homeland Security secretary, said he was more afraid of terrorists coming into the country from Canada than Mexico and that his department arrested more people connected to al Qaeda and Hezbollah trying to come in from up north than down south.

This is not to perpetuate the myth that the September 11 terrorists came through Canada or defame our northern neighbors. But rather to point out the glaring disconnect between some of the crowd-pleasing rhetoric the GOP candidates like to deliver about “securing the border” and the more nuanced reality.


Last year a group of senators had to petition the Obama administration for military assistance to catch the drug traffickers who were using low-flying planes to move their products from Canada into the United States. Ten years after 9/11 and we still had undetected aircraft crossing the border because it wasn’t the border we’re scared of.

You know, this whole immigration discussion would be a lot more productive if the people leading it would be more honest and stop pretending as if it’s only about national security. It’s a part, but the larger truth is that nonwhite people will be the majority in this country by 2040 and this browning of America scares the hell out of a lot of people, particularly some white people. The thinking goes that if the country can deport the Mexicans who are illegally here and stop new ones from coming in, maybe that trend will slow down or even reverse.

That sentiment is at the core of the racial profiling laws started in Arizona and is at the core of the entire illegal immigration conversation. It’s a clumsy attempt to talk about race without mentioning race so as not to appear racist.

But the dialogue is transparent because if it was really about “securing the border,” the facts suggest Canada would be a big part of the conversation and not just an afterthought.

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  • holyflower

    There is no question that talk of “securing the border” for some is code for slowing “the browning of America ” which “scares the hell out of a lot of people, particularly some white people.”


    There are many reasons the “browning of America”  should alarm white people.  One is so elementary even a U. S. senator can understand it:

    “In an odd historical twist that all Americans see but few can understand, many programs allow recently arrived immigrants to move ahead of similarly situated whites whose families have been in the country for generations. These programs have damaged racial harmony. . . . The extrapolation [of racial preferences] . . . to all ‘people of color’—especially since 1965, when new immigration laws dramatically altered the demographic makeup of the U.S.—moved affirmative action away from remediation and toward discrimination, this time against whites”  (“Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege,” by Senator James Webb, Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2010)

    The “browning of America” also means the  impoverishing of America, a process so obvious even a Washington Post columnist recognizes it:

    “What we have now — and would with guest workers — is a conscious policy of creating poverty in the United States while relieving it in Mexico. By and large, this is a bad bargain for the United States. It stresses local schools, hospitals and housing; it feeds social tensions (witness the Minutemen)” (“We Don’t Need ‘Guest Workers,'” By Robert J. Samuelson, March 22, 2006, Washington Post)

    There are many other reasons the “browning of America” should alarm white people.  I would bet that with patient explanation even a CNN commentator could understand a few of these.    


  • Anan7

    When I say “secure the border” I mean “Keep it white”.  That is my own personal reason, which to my great dismay, seems to be a minority opinion. 

    One of the reasons I frequent American Renaissance is because as Jared Taylor put it, it is like a breath of fresh air to hear from people who are not so closed-minded from the all-encompassing “diversity”.  Thank God for AmRen.

    A second, and very closely tied reason to keep the border secure is that you nation is like your home.  You do not let someone in without a background check, or knowing them first!

    If I were president, SEALING the border with Mexico would be my top priority.  The second would be repatriation of the illegals and their children already here.  They are destroying our nation demographically.  They need to go back pronto!

    Still, I fear the GOP (even Ron Paul) will play the race card and call us “Racist” for wanting to keep our nation from transforming into a 3rd world cesspool.  You can’t have a 1st world country with a 3rd world population!

  • crystal evans

    If we closed the US-Mexico border, the Mexicans that would come to the US would be white with marketable skills and speak English and not uneducated Mexican Indians who do not even speak Spanish.

    • The_Bobster

      How would that happen? Most of the legal ones come in under “family reunification”. Guess what type is already here.

  • Heinrich24

    There are probably something on the order of one HUNDRED MILLION non-Whites ALREADY in America. How exactly would securing the border “keep America White?” 

    This article is as disingenuous as it is stupid!

    • Oil Can Harry

      If you click on the original article and see the author’s photo you’ll note that he appears to be the guy who was arrested for robbing Stephen Breyer with a machete.

  • razorrare

    CNN needs to”secure” their printed & electronic borders from marxist ,social, rabble rousers with a peculiar and abnormal  sexual preferance.

  • First off, I noticed the Mantra people have totally taken over this CNN story’s comment section.  It will have this LZ Granderson shaking in his dreadlocks.

    Now to this:

    You would think presidential hopefuls genuinely concerned about our
    safety would remember that just four years ago, Michael Chertoff,
    President Bush’s Homeland Security secretary, said he was more afraid of
    terrorists coming into the country from Canada
    than Mexico and that his department arrested more people connected to
    al Qaeda and Hezbollah trying to come in from up north than down south.

    Chertoff was years behind the curve.  Within a year after 9/11, Paul Fromm heavily promoted a book called Waging War from Canada (Mike Pearson), which forecasted the same thing.

  • bluffcreek1967

    If we allow the third-worlders from Mexico to dominate our country’s population (as has practically been done, at least in the Southwest!), the U.S. itself will become a third-world nation. I won’t mention what I do professionally, but I see its ill-effects everyday. I’ve found Mexicans, in general, to be courteous and somewhat docile in nature – particularly if they’ve recently arrived here and haven’t yet been brain-washed to hate the white man. But they are not the most intelligent people, and they do not seem to appreciate our laws, our finer culture and that which made our country great. They simply do not think in terms the way whites do in relation to such things. If they demographically take over (which appears inevitable), the U.S. will no longer be the same. Each day, I see subtle and sometimes dramatic shifts that demonstrate this.

  • Oil Can Harry

    I hope this dreadlocked drip lives long enough to see his black neighborhood transformed into a Mexican one.

    When he’s wailing about how the new immigrants are “disrespecting” his people he can think back to his previous open-borders advocacy and cringe.

  • krak11

    I think the ” mexican takeover” is not going to happen after all. The largest wave of mexican immigration has already passed. Birth rates play here important role. The average number of kids mexican family has today is 2 ( same as in US). That’s way down from 6 in 1980-s. So the need to look for income and job anywhere is not as strong as it used to be.  Note that as births slow down, emmigration also does. This was the case with southern Europe and many other places that used to send people to work in other countries. Mexico has also undergone serious development in last 20 years. Americans should wish them to be succesful in growing their economy because this is what is gonna keep them home. According to a 2008 UN report the average income in a typical urbanized area of Mexico was $26,654, a rate higher than advanced nations like South Korea or Taiwan. And this, I think, is great news for America.

  • The Mexicanization of America shouldn’t just scare white people Mr. Granderson.  As a black man you should be aware of the enthic-cleansing going on around the country where Mexicans and other browns are killing off and pushing out blacks from formerly black neighborhoods.  Its a well known fact that Mexicans don’t like blacks…at all!  Securing the border is about national security to be sure, but also protecting the likes of you and your misbegotten and unappreciative  ilk.

  • This_Name_Doesnt_Exist

    The only time I ever envy the blacks is when I wish I could just say whatever the hell I want, free of logic or reason, and nobody will call me on it.

  • KenelmDigby

    You notice that the simple and obvious point that mass illegal immigration is a major problem along the Mexican border, but hardly exists along the Canadian border, is totally and deliberately ignored.

  • Christopher_Nelson

     “until you realize that “secure the border” is slang for “keep the Mexicans out.”

    I think I like that slang.

    “And yet the attention we give the northern border is miniscule at best when compared to the resources we allocate to the south.”

    Yeah, we don’t have millions of illegal canadians entering our country every year.  And Canada is not as sloppy on the border as Mexico is. Canada doesn’t help it’s citizens  cross into America. We are not seeing the  Northern part of our country turned into Canada, but we do see the southeast being turned into mexico.

    Plus, let’s be blunt. We don’t need anymore non whites here. Neither legal or illegal. And most of them come from mexico. Mexico, that third world sess pool.  We don’t need them, we don’t want them.

  • JackKrak

    The article is typical of the arrogant condescension that defines any “mainstream” stories on the border – you are either and ignorant hick for being concerned about it or the Grand Wizard of the KKK for wanting to do anything about it. Those are the choices.

  • MissBonnie123

    White people founded and established America. If we choose to keep it White, we have that right!

  • LZ Granderson of course contends the only reason White Americans object to this illegal invasion from Mexico is because we are “racists.” However, one might be compelled to conclude that the only reason why blacks, including CL support open borders and the violation of our immigration laws ,is because of his racism against White America.

     Blacks have aligned with hispanics to support this invasion in order to see White America reduced to minority status; in a country created by and for the White man no less. This is why the brown invasion is welcomed by black racists like CL. The irony is that the only group hispanics despise more than Whites is blacks! Blacks are simply not capable of understanding this.

    CL’s contempt for White America is definetly transparent. Can you imagine how his hate for White America will manifest itself once we are recuced to minority status in this country! If you need any guidance, just look to South Africa and what the ANC has done to Whites in SA.