Monday, April 7, 2008

What I meant was...

When: March 13, 2008
Where: The Mexican Consulate in San Diego
What: Some American citizens were protesting outside the consulate, encouraging people to boycott Mexico as a tourist destination. Alberto Lozano of the Mexican Consulate told the protestors: “This has been and will be Mexico.”

Three weeks later Mr. Lozano told newspapers he was referring to the property of the Mexican Consulate, nothing more.

You judge for yourself by watching the You Tube of the confrontation.

Is Lozano a proponent of Aztlan, those who believe that Mexico still owns the Southwestern United States and has a right to couquer it (Reconquista)?

This is not the first time an employee of the Mexican government has tried to grab additional power. Last December Patricia Mariscal, a Mexican Employee driving a vehicle with diplomatic plates, ordered protesters to leave public school property in Capistrano California because they weren’t allowed to take photographs at her Mexican registration drive. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office explained to Patricia that the protesters did indeed have a right to be there. But she was allowed to claim diplmatic immunity to the charge she assaulted one of the protesters.

And during his state of the union address, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said: “I have said that Mexico does not stop at its border, that wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.”

It should come as no surprise that a 2002 Zogby poll of Mexicans revealed that 58% of Mexican citizens believe that the Southwestern United States still belongs to Mexico.

That same attitude is a key element of Harvard’s Samuel Huntington’s thesis that some sort of clash with Mexico is inevitable. Huntington’s six reasons are:
Contiguity – We share a border
Scale – Immigration is dominated by Mexico.
Illegality – Over half of the illegal aliens in the US are from Mexico. More Mexicans come here illegally than through legal channels, despite the dominance of scale above.
Regional Concentration – Mexicans tend to congregate in urban enclaves in Texas, California, Arizona, and Illinois.
Persistence – This problem has gone on for decades and is accelerating as Mexico continues to fail at creating a vibrant economy able to care for its own. ( I might add that the United States has spent BILLIONS in an effort to boost their economy and fight crime.)
Historical presence – Again, the attitude of the majority of Mexicans that the Southwestern United States belongs to them.

Huntington then goes on to explain our attitude of inviting them here by embracing their language and otherwise “greasing the skids” to make them feel welcome.

So, watch for continued arrogance on the part of the Mexican government and the protesters. The way they see it, the undocumented aren’t illegal at all. And our elected officials are too shy to do anything about it. Who will represent us?

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