posted on Dec, 23 2005 @ 05:31 PM
This is not a race issue as some have implied. I, like many Amriccans have no objection to legal, regulated and sustanable immigation from Mexico
or anywhere else. This is however, a cultrual issue. Our democratic and free market insitutions are sustained by the fact that those who immigrate
here do go in a sufficnmetly gradual and orderly fashion to adapt to and internalize our polictical social and ecomomuic values, not at the torrential
rate that might enable them to impose the less democratic mores that preveail in the lands from which they immigfrate. Immigration that is so vast,
cocnentrated and sudden as to disrupt or displace the host culture is tanatmount to an invaasion.
It would be extremely counterproductive for United States to allow into its borders a massive influx of outsiders from a single specific country
without arranging for their acculturation into American society. In some areas Illegal immigrants live together in sufficient numbers that they need
not even learn the English language, much less the laws customs and philosophical foundations of American culture. They have even sponsored bills to
require Americans to learn their langauges, in what seems tantamount to a cultural invasion, where illegal immigrants form semi independent
communities, and impose their culture onto non-Hispanic Americans living near them. As a result they become and remain foreigners within our midst,
exploiting our resources and the civil liberties that enable them to do so with impunity, without having to learn or internalize the responsibilities
of American citizenship, or to communicate with mainstream American culture from whose institutions they derive the benefits of living here. This is
simply unfair and irresponsible.
There is clearly the issue of compatibility: a society should never incorporate into it’s borders newcomers at a greater rate and than it can
successfully acculturated into the host nation's way of life. To do otherwise is to facilitate cultural conflict between the newcomers and the host
people that create the mutual and endemic racial tensions that will threaten national unity and impede more responsible immigration later on.
The Roman Empire successful accepted immigrants into its borders for centuries, successfully incorporating hundreds of thousands of Germans for
example into the Roman polity. As long as they did so in a highly regulated and gradual fashion and required the newcomers to embrace Roman laws,
customs and culture as a precondition for settlement, the immigrants greatly contributed to Roman success. The Roman army was dominated by Germans in
the later empire and several emperors were of Germanic origin. However, when the Romans began allowing settlements in mass of German populations who
had not internalized Roman culture and institutions, they became a subversive and disruptive element and the vanguard of eventual German invasion and
I am bored with references to how America conquered the Southwest from Mexico and the North American landmass in general from Native American and
Hispanic people. The Spaniards conquered the Aztec, Mayan and Zapotec empires who themselves had conquered their lands from Toltecs, Olmecs and
others. After evicting the Spanish, the Mexicans took forceful control of California and parts of New Mexico even though these regions wanted to
remain a part of Spain or to pursue an independent course free of Mexican domination. The New Mexico California and Texas Territories in any case
were very sparsely populated, the vast majority of the land was not being used even by Native Americans and had in any case been conquered by
Hispanics from pueblos, Pomo, Pima, Apache and any number of Native American clans. The Native American tribes throughout the North American
continent had in turn conquered their holdings from other Native Americans. The hard cold fact is it that virtually every society conquered its
holdings from some other group of people and if you want to go back far enough to find the original owners, we’ll all give it back to Precambrian
trilobites. The only sensible basis for sovereignty is where we now stand, under internationally recognized treaties. The American Southwest is
the American Southwest, we intend to keep it, and Americans of every cultural origin whether anglo or Hispanic, should determine here and now whether
their loyalties are with United States or with Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia or whomever.
The Anglo-Americans who took the American Southwest and the Hispanics from whom it was taken, are long dead along with any debts or obligations they
had relative to one another. The fact is America now owns the land and is almost exclusively responsible for transforming what had been a desert into
the productive industrial and agricultural base that illegal immigrants now exploit. They would not want it if restored to the condition in which
Anglo-American found it, or even in that condition that probably would prevail had it remained under Mexican ownership. The current state of Mexico,
still fails to attend to the economic, social and political well being of it’s people in spite of abundant natural resources and a large landmass.
Illegal Mexican immigrants are coming here for a reason. There is no reason to suppose the Southwest would do any better than Mexico proper, if it
never lost the Southwest to American conquest. The problem is not with Mexico's resources and certainly not with Mexico's imaginative people who
have, as legal immigrants or native occupants of the American Southwest contributed greatly to American own society which belongs to them as much as
to anyone. The problem is simply with the irresponsible governance the people of Mexico have had to endure: governance that pawns it's social and
economic problems onto the backs of other nations rather than addressing them at home. That illegal immigrants prefer to work and live in America
is itself as a testament to the fact that the American takeover of the new Southwest, was a good thing for people on both sides of the Rio Grande.
At the time United States conquered the Southwest, Mexico was in the thrones of continual revolution, with one regime after another, largely led lead
by Presidente Santa Ana trampling on civil liberties routinely. Santa Ana and other Mexican leaders had encouraged North American settlement of
various portions of Texas and California in hopes of developing the resources and tax base of the otherwise sparsely populated land. They promised
land grants, civil liberties and even covert freedom of religion as long as the newcomers nominally embraced Catholicism. It was only when the
Mexican government betrayed these promises to the newcomers who eventually outnumber the local populations, that they sponsored the various internal
revolutions that enabled the United States to incorporate into its borders as the new states of California and Texas. Clearly New Mexico was a
separate case where the substantially larger Hispanic population was systematically deprived of its rights by the incoming minority.
Certainly the United States has been malevolent, racist, imperious and oppressive in many of its policies both within and beyond its own borders.
However, this is generally true of all nations, and the fact that so many people from around the world wish to live in America, indicates it is
considerably less true of the United States than most other countries. One major reason the United States has racial tensions, is because it allows
racial diversity in the first place. In many countries, other races or cultures have been evicted, exterminated or over run, and left without even a
voice with which to protest their plights. America's iniquities and injustices are more noticeable largely because the victims uniquely are allowed
to exercise a voice in protest. It is because of this that America can and will continue to perfect it's democracy, to the level where it's
practices equal it's ideals.