Mexicans migrate to 'their land'?
We're going to continue the great debate over whether Mexican immigrants are here to seek economic opportunity and eventually to become Americans, or whether they seek to reclaim the land. (Click that link for a good statement of the economic argument from Puft Daddy).
This report from Utah points to the latter:
But in light of the current consternation over immigration, the Harvard-educated diplomat thinks it's applicable to the debate to bring up something he learned while he lived south of the border.
"Mexicans see the Western U.S. as part of Mexico that was stolen from them 150 years ago," he says. "They believe this with all their heart..."
"I was visiting the Museum of National History in Mexico City where I observed a class of perhaps 40 10-year-old school kids sitting on the ground in front of a huge mosaic map that was labeled 'Mexico Integral,' or 'Greater Mexico.' Their teacher expounded on how the Norteamericanos stole half of Mexico in 1847. The map showed Mexico to include Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, most of Idaho, and Oregon and Washington up to the Alaska panhandle..."
"They have an undeclared policy to retake by infiltration what they lost by infiltration," he says, comparing the large numbers of Mexicans currently streaming into U.S. territory to the large numbers of Americans who once poured into then Mexican-held strongholds in Texas, California and elsewhere; Americans who eventually turned their collective might into majority rule.
In other words, they're doing to us what we did to them.
Part of this "infiltration" is remaining fiercely loyal to their Latino culture â€” including such basics as music, food and, especially, language â€” while steering clear of becoming "Americanized" to any significant extent.
There has been a failure on Americans' part in communicating the most significant elements of our culture - what it means to be an American and what distinguishes this culture, such as it is, from others, including rule of law, democratic government, laissez-faire economic policies and a multitude of Anglo-Saxon traditions. If we don't make it clear why America works as well as it does, it's easy to get the impression the culture is nothing more than its most crass and visible features: consumerism, moral degradation and intelligence-sapping entertainment of every flavor
We need to close the southern border ASAP. But we also need to do a better job promoting the reasons things are so much better on the northern side of it. Then, at least we can expect an informed response to the question: Do you REALLY want to turn this into a province of Mexico?
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