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|The Mexification of America |
by The Southern Avenger
4 May 2007
In terms of sheer numbers, rhetoric and national flags, this year's May 1st immigrant rallies were certainly more calculated and benign than those held in 2006. Protest organizers were careful to convey a message that illegal immigrants really are harmless, that amnesty is the only humane solution and that only the cruelest of souls would deny them the opportunity for a better life. While it was obvious protesters were banking on Americans being stupid enough to believe such nonsense, those who believe the presence of millions of illegal aliens on US soil is only a problem because of their illegal status are spouting nonsense as well, as if giving each of them a green card would magically make the situation OK. Reducing a cultural confrontation of such high stakes and epic proportions to a matter of paper work simply will not suffice.
In 2004, Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington laid out what is really at stake on the immigration issue; "demographically, socially, and culturally, the reconquista (re-conquest) of the Southwest United States by Mexican immigrants is well underway. No other immigrant group in U.S. history has asserted or could assert a historical claim to U.S. territory. Mexicans and Mexican Americans can and do make that claim" Or as England's BBC reported in 2005 "The Latinization of California is nothing short of a revolution. California will become a predominantly Spanish-speaking state within the next few years. And, as the majority population, there is really no need, or incentive, for them to assimilate into mainstream American society as their predecessors have always done."
But hey, we don't need an analysis from gringos. Why not listen to what Mexicans themselves have to say? As former Mexican President Ernest Zedillo said in 1997, "I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important – a very important – part of it." How about former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who said in 2004, "we are Mexicans that live in our territories and we are Mexicans that live in other territories. In reality, we are 120 million people that live together and are working together to construct a nation." Or how about even Hispanic-Americans working for our own government? Said former U.S. HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros in 1995, "as goes the Latino population will go the state of California, and as goes the state of California will go the United States of America. My friends, the stakes are big. This is a fight worth making."
When Americans say that this country is "a nation of immigrants," they are usually referring to a particular period in the early 20th century, in which an estimated 12 million immigrants passed through places like Ellis Island for a new life in the United States. But the estimated 10 to 12 million illegal aliens here now, and those who keep coming, in no way, shape or form resemble those who came before them. Not only are they not assimilating, as they demand bilingual education, fly their own flags and establish their own media - but any attempts to force them to assimilate are immediately deemed racist. Whereas earlier immigrants had an entire ocean separating them from their homeland, today's immigrants' homeland is right next door. And the fact that they continue to create a separate nation within our nation is the reason in poll after poll, white, black and even law-abiding red, white and blue Hispanic Americans have supported tougher restrictions on immigration.
In the end, this debate has never been about figures and statistics, or even money. What is at stake is the American nation itself, or at least as we now know it. A quarter century ago, John Mellencamp could sing a song about two American kids sucking on chili dogs outside the Tastee Freeze that we could all recognize. Today not only is the burrito replacing the chili dog, but the Tastee Freeze is gone, the kids aren't even American and they sure as hell don't own any John Cougar records. For God's sake, let us be done with all the suicidal excuses and start dealing with the brutal reality at hand, or Americans can say "adios" to the country they love forever.