Skip to comments.Phyllis Schlafly: Are Mexican Immigrants Assimilating Or Invading?
Posted on 11/30/2001 7:47:46 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, support for the United States has poured in from around the world, but the response from Mexico has been decidedly lukewarm. A Gallup poll reported that 78 percent of Mexicans oppose contributing troops to a multinational coalition, and we have seen no indication that Mexico will modify its oil policy of acting like a member of OPEC.
While there is no evidence that the 9/11 terrorists entered over the Mexican border, the trial in El Paso of an Iraqi smuggler produced evidence that he alone brought more than 1,000 Middle East illegals into the United States via that route, charging his clients $10,000 to $15,000 each. Border Patrol agents have confirmed the increase in illegal aliens coming from the Middle East across our southern border and the fact that Arabs pay up to $50,000 each for a "coyote" to smuggle them into the United States.
The 9/11 events have temporarily shelved the foolish proposals to grant amnesty to three million Mexicans illegally living in our country. Unfortunately, there is no indication that Mexico has retreated from its longtime goal of opening the U.S. border.
In Chicago on July 27, 1997, then Mexican President Ernesto Zedilla told the National Council of LaRaza, "I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders." He announced a Mexican constitutional amendment that purports to allow Mexicans to retain their Mexican nationality even though they become U.S. citizens (which is contrary to the U.S. naturalization oath).
When President Vicente Fox came to the United States this year, he reiterated this line, proclaiming that "the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders" and includes migrants living in the United States. He called for open borders and endorsed Mexico's new dual citizenship law.
Some Mexicans use the term "reconquista," which is Spanish for reconquest, to describe their desire to see California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas acquired by Mexico and named the new country of Aztlan. They are teaching their youth that the United States "stole" those areas from Mexico and that they should be "returned."
The United States acquired the Southwest a century and a half ago in three ways: part by the 1845 annexation agreement with Texas, which was then an independent republic, part ceded by Mexico in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the Mexican-American War, and part by the 1852 Gadsden Purchase.
Mexico's claim to the Southwest originated with the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, which drew an imaginary line on the map to divide the Western Hemisphere between Spain and Portugal. Because geography had so many unknowns at that time, Portugal got only Brazil (which is why Brazilians speak Portuguese).
Other countries never recognized this treaty, and Americans consider it ridiculous even to talk about giving the Southwest to Mexico. Most national borders all over the world have come about as the result of war.
Mexicans obviously have no thought of invading the Southwest with troops, so their hope is reconquista by migration, both legal and illegal. According to Mario Obledo, founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund, "California is going to be a Hispanic state and anyone who doesn't like it should leave."
An amnesty rally in the Los Angeles Sports Arena on June 10, 2000 attracted 25,000 people. In demanding amnesty for illegal Mexican aliens, the speakers proudly announced the names of at least a dozen unions in Los Angeles that are now headed by Mexicans.
Vicente Fox presented Mexico's Congress with a five-year development plan to eliminate the U.S.-Mexican border. He said he plans to serve "the 100 million Mexicans who now live in Mexico and the more than 18 million who live abroad," and to "strengthen our ability to protect and defend the rights of all Mexicans abroad."
Juan Hernandez, appointed by Fox as special liaison to Mexicans abroad, lobbies to get U.S. driver's licenses issued to illegal aliens and defends the Mexican government's issuance of desert survival kits to those sneaking across the border. On ABC's Nightline on June 7, he boasted: "We are betting that the Mexican-American population in the United States ... will think Mexico first."
Fox's five-year plan calls for building a larger consular presence in the United States, and this is already in operation. In U.S. areas with large Hispanic (including illegal) populations, the Mexican consul donates to the local public schools the same textbooks that are used in every elementary school in Mexico, grades 1 through 6.
The books, written in Spanish and including all academic subjects, teach that America "stole" the southwest from Mexico and that Mexico is entitled to take it back. The Mexican government considers these textbooks a symbol of Mexican national pride, guarantees a set to every Mexican child, and makes it a crime for anyone to sell them.
The only reason we learned about this Mexican plan is that one school in Santa Ana, California, decided to sell the books at a book fair and the local Hispanics kicked up a fuss about it. The school apologized to the Hispanics for selling the books, but should have apologized to the students for accepting the books in the first place.
The question we should ask our Mexican immigrant friends is, are you assimilating or invading?
Eeegads. Makes us more and more irate when our parents, friends parents, ect...cannot get adequate medicare coverage because there "isn't enough to fund". I saw it (questionable billings to medicare) on a smaller level, but it's that eveyone takes a piece of the pie. There are barely crumbs left, thanks to those leeches.
Amazing, isn't it that of all the nationalities you mention the Mexicans are the only to date that in their unwillingness to assimilate have had Spanish become almost an official second language. Spanish is the only language found now on government documents, banking transaction devices and most telephone answering systems.
It is not difficult to draw the inference that Mexicans do not wish to assimilate, to embrace the culture which many nationalities have contributed to nor become Americans. What I ask you gives the Mexicans the right to be so arrogant compared to all other nationalities that make up this great country.
The Mexicans are storming across the borders at a time in history after all the other immigrants have built this nation to be the greatest in history and the Mexicans are now like locusts swarming across the boarders to partake of the bounty which was achieved without their assistance.
Yes, many Americans of a vast diverse national background resent the illegals sneaking in during the night to scoop up the gravy. The American people are oh so giving but even the most generous will get fed up with hordes of ungrateful illegals that are here not as guests but have come here as 'looters' of our values, customs, traditions and the culture of many that have made us so great.
Resentment runs deeper than most folks would like to admit.
America for Americans and those that wish to become Americans!
You know, I have to wonder why a Mexican would want to come to the US (namely, Arizona) and have their kid educated. AZ's education is in shambles, rating #49 in the nation.
Here's an illustration. I was talking to a 7th grader, who has been here w/ her family from Mexico for 2 years. I asked her how things were going in school. She said "okay...it's all review for me". I asked her when she learned this material. She told me that she learned the current material she was studying, three years ago in Mexico. SAD! Maybe we should start telling the Mexicans that they would be better off keeping their kids there for school, don't come to Arizona!
History repeats itself and the USA is currently following the Roman Empire's recipe for self destruction with the help of your Spanish speaking friends.
I am confident that these America haters are inordinately aware of this.
mvscal should move over to San Jacinto/Hemet CA area and meet the stickiest-fingered breed in So. Cal. Daylight, night, doesn't matter - you had better have everything under lock and key or glued down. Friendly neighborhood garage sale, mothers send their tiny tots over to swipe any small item that strikes their fancy.
You know, a lot of Yankees think that the battle of the Alamo was a battle between Mexicans and white settlers from the East, but it wasnt. Many, perhaps most, of those white settlers had intermarried with Hispanic settlers, and so early Texas was made up of many mixed-race people. I say mixed-race because many Mexicans are a mix of Spanish and Indians. Once Cortez landed in 1519, the mixing began. (Actually, it began earlier. Cortez found Spanish men married to Mayan women when he stopped off at Yucatan. The men were from earlier explorers ships.)
Did you know that all of Central America, from Guatemala to Panama, was part of Mexico in the early 19th Century, and that each country now was a former state in Mexico? The main reason Mexico gave up the Southwestern U.S. and Central America was because it didnt have a large enough military to maintain and hold that much territory.
And of course you know that Mexico used to belong to Spain. Are we going to run history backwards for a while? Is Mexico going to give California back to Spain?
When Mexico fought and obtained independence, California lost virtually all its centralized support. As members of an isolated community, Californios spent three decades in political confusion (at one point, a Californio-based republic was declared). The richest families turned to the one industry guaranteed to earn a comfortable living -- selling hides and tallow generated from the virtually free cattle that roamed vast ranchos. In an attempt to increase the non-Indian population, foreigners of all types were admitted. Soon a sizable minority of Yankees grew, dominating the merchant class and entering into important positions in the political and social structure.
The Bear Flag Revolt and the Mexican-American War
The defense of California, completely neglected by Mexico and lacking support from unstable Californio administrations, led to the unusual condition where any of several world powers could have easily occupied California. In point of fact, the Yankee residents themselves were the first to do it, in the Bear Flag revolt of June 1846. Just one month after, due to the Mexican-American war that in turn stemmed from the Yankee takeover of Texas, the American Navy took control of California without firing a shot. Most Californios were resigned to inevitable Yankee rule, though a revolt at Los Angeles led to a pocket of Californio resistance lasting from September 1846 to January 1847.
California was officially made a territory with the end of the Mexican-American war February 2, 1848, nine days before gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill. Through some local PR efforts, and support in late 1848 from President Polk himself, a gold mania swept the States and the world resulting in the remarkable 49er migration. The population soared, quickly (and brutally) overwhelming the Californios and Indians. Political leaders seized the moment to obtain a constitution and voter's ratification by November 1849, with recognition by the U.S. congress in October 1850. Meanwhile, the great influx of miners was redirected to farming, trade, and business. The beauty, richness, and climate of California -- as well as a lack of options for bankrupt miners -- kept the population here long after the gold mania died down. The State of California, a chaotic mix of ethnicities and incomes, hopes and cynicism, was born.
(quoting Led Zepplin)
...."and the song remains the same"....great post!
There has always been a fairly good number of immigrants who decide that the U.S. isn't for them, and head back to the "old country." Ellis Island has an exhibit at their museum about this phenomenon.
You're reaching here with that comment. Her ethnic background is irrelevant.
Here is what Joseph Warren wrote:
Mistakes" have been made along the way? ...Such as the 15% felons Gorebot and Meissner made democrat voters?
...Such as the aggressive leftist 1965 immigration law which morphed a merit-based, generally educated immigrant class to a teeming third world horde.
Oh well, Rome was invaded by barbarians, and the Germans turned out OK. They produced Bach and Goethe, and fine machinery. As a matter of fact, about two thirds of Americans (used) to be descended in part from Germans.
...And Bush won, even though rotund Yvette Loranzo (wasn't that her sweetnesses name?), democrat of Texas, went to prison.
That's a pretty clear reference to her ethnicity. Why make a reference to Yvette Lozano in that post, unless he was trying to make the point that she did what she did because she is of Mexican descent? Her ethnic background *is* irrelevant -- there are slimy Democrats all over; why make a point of her, unless it is to prove some point that Mexican-Americans are disloyal?