In October, 1835, the "Texas Revolution," or "Texas Revolt," against Mexico began in ernest. In a brief war, a Texas army fought a series of battles against Mexican troops, most of the battles being won by the Texans. In April, 1836, following the fall of the Alamo a month earlier, the Texas army, at the Battle of San Jacinto, decisively defeated the Mexican army, thus winning Texas independence and ending the war with Mexico. On October 22, 1836, Gen. Sam Houston was sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
On December 29, 1845, U.S. President James K. Polk signed and rhereby put into effect legislation passed by the U.S. Congress annexing Texas to the U.S.A. and admitting it into the Union as an American state. Relations between the U.S.A. and Mexico continued to deteriorate and, on April 25, outright war between the U.S.A. and Mexico was ignited over disputed claims regarding the border between Texas and Mexico. U.S. military forces invaded Mexico and defeateed the Mexicans in a series of battles, capturing Mexico City on September 14, 1847. As a consequence of its military defeat in the Mexican-American War, the Mexican government sued for peace.
On February 2, 1848, the Mexican-American War was officially closed when Mexico signed the Treaty of Gudalupe-Hidalgo. By the terms of this treaty, the Mexican government gave up all claims to Texas, recognized the Rio Grande as the Texas-Mexico border, and ceded to the U.S.A. Upper California, New Mexico, and the northern portions of Sonora, Coahuila and Tamaulipas in exchange for the United States government paying $15,000,000 to Mexico and assuming responsibility for paying $3,000,000 in claims of American citizens against the Mexican government. The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo secured for the U.S.A. most of what is now the Americam Southwest. In the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, for which the U.S. government paid the Mexican government a sum of $10,000,000, the southern border of the American Southwest was adjusted southward, ceding to the U.S.A. a strip of territory deemed to be needed for the most direct and practicable route for the projected southern transcontinental railroad.
The foregoing events in American history tell us how we ended up with New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada -- as well as Texas extending southward to the Rio Grande.
Now: Flash forward to 2004. Today in America, there is a very large minority of Hispanics, or Latinos, who now surpass African-Americans as the largest ethnic minority in the U.S.A. Fifty-eight percent of America’s Hispanic population is Mexican. Latinos make up thirty percent of California’s population and now account for more than half of all the births in the Golden State. Do the math. There are 37 million Hispanic-Americans. As far as the Mexican government is concerned, the Mexican-Americans are Mexican-Mexicans. Like the Americans that poured into Texas and refused to assimilate, the same holds true for a large portion of the Mexican-American population, both legal and illegal.
This has major implications for American politics. It accounts in large part for why President George W. Bush and his administration are eager to grant an amnesty for the current and growing population of illegal aliens in the U.S.A.. His own brother, Jeb, is Governor of Florida, speaks Spanish fluently, and is married to a Latino.
According to news reports, the Bush administration intends to propose “sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policy that would allow a portion of the eight million illegal aliens in this country to move toward legal status without a penalty.” Such a change in immigration policy would ignore the fact that Mexico has set upon a plan to repopulate the lands it lost to the U.S.A. during the 19th. century and to, in effect, alter the political structure and national character of America by flooding impoverished Mexican citizens into the U.S.A., while allowing and encouraging them retain their Mexican citizenship, their Mexican political culture, and their allegiance to Mexico.
To put it bluntly, Mexico has hit upon a plan to solve its own Third World poverty by reacquiring the land which the Mexican government, in the 19th. century, was forced to sell to the U.S.A. The lines between being a Mexican citizen and an American citizen are being deliberately blurred. If you don’t believe it, consider the following facts: Manuel de la Cruz is the first U.S. citizen ever to win a seat in Mexico’s Congress. His platform was to make the United States of America into a Mexican electoral district! Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, de la Cruz has been a longtime resident of Norwalk, Connecticut. He was one of six Mexican-Americans who ran for office in Mexico in the last elections there!
Little wonder the slogan of the Mexican Department of Tourism is “Mexico: Closer Than Ever.” If it was any closer, the minute you crossed the Mississippi, you’d be in Mexico!
An expert on this, Allan Wall, noted in November, 2003, that “Mexicans who have become American citizens -- by taking an oath to renounce all allegiance to Mexico -- may soon be able to regain their Mexican ‘nationality,’ according to recent Mexican federal legislation, now in the process of being ratified by the states of Mexico.” In 1997, Articles 30, 32, and 37 of the Mexican Constitution were amended to make dual nationality, or dual citizenship, possible. This will give any Mexican who wants it, the opportunity and right to be a citizen of both nations.
This is nothing less than a sneak attack on the sovereignty of the United States of America.
Mexico has lots of reasons for this, not the least of which is the fact that the estimated $14.5 to $17 billion Mexicans send home represents the second-largest source of foreign income for Mexico, after oil. Pundits like Lowell Ponte who watch what the Mexicans are doing note that the enormous cash Mexican immigrants to America, legal and illegal, send home relieves much of the pressure on the Mexican government to fix that nation’s economy. The Mexican politicians, noted Ponte, encourage imminration because they realize that, “if this pressure release valve were closed, Mexico would explode into violent revolution within five years.”
Meanwhile, American taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab for the millions of illegal Mexican and other immigrants in this nation. Ponte notes that, “by one estimate, the average illegal immigrant family in California consumes about $7,000 more each year in government benefits than it pays in taxes.” When then-Governor of California, Pete Wilson, backed Proposition 187, that would have cut off taxpayer-funded programs and other benefits to illegal immigrants, the measure passed overwhelmingly. It was, however, struck down by a federal judge. When former-Governor Gray Davis attempted to give California to its illegal immigrant population, the voters tossed him out and voted in Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger.
It remains for Americans to avoid any cockamamie legislation that would, one way or the other, grant citizenship to illegal immigrants, whether from Mexico or elsewhere. U.S. population, as of January 1, 2004, was 292,287,454. That’s an increase of 2,816,586 from the year before, and it does not take into account the eight to twelve million illegals living among us and using our schools, hospitals and highways and filling up our jails. Given the birthrate of Mexicans in America, it would not take long for them to acquire so much political power that it would alter our system dramatically. For too many of them, their first allegiance would be to Mexico.
This issue is NOT about being anti-Mexican. It’s about protecting the longest border on the planet between a wealthy First World nation and a very poor Third World one. That border, 1,951 miles long, is as porous as Swiss cheese. And, beyond the Mexicans crossing it illegally, there’s the threat of infiltration by Islamic Jihadists. On November 12, 2003, Imelda Ortiz Abdala, the former Mexican consul in Lebanon, was arrested in Mexico on charges of helping a smuggling ring that specialized in illegally moving Arab immigrants into the United States from Mexico. The terror war isn’t just being fought in the Middle East; it is being waged also on our border and inside our nation.
The current U.S. policy of tolerating large-scale illegal immigration is not just wrong, it is putting this nation at risk from our sworn enemies and from a nation, Mexico, bent on reclaiming its “lost” territories and, through sheer force of numbers, taking over this nation, the United States of America.
President Bush is famous for having said, “You’re either with us or you’re against us.” Well, Mr. President, if you are looking for an enemy of the American nation, look south to Mexico.
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