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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Here come the brown people

Where is Santa Ana when we need him.

Mexican aliens seek to retake 'stolen' land

By Valerie Richardson
April 16, 2006

DENVER -- La reconquista, a radical movement calling for Mexico to "reconquer" America's Southwest, has stepped out of the shadows at recent immigration-reform protests nationwide as marchers held signs saying, "Uncle Sam Stole Our Land!" and waved Mexico's flag.

Even as organizers urged marchers to display U.S. flags, the theme of reclaiming "stolen" land remained strong. One popular banner read: "If you think I'm illegal because I'm a Mexican, learn the true history because I'm in my homeland."

"We need to change direction," said Jose Lugo, an instructor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder at a campus march last week. "And by allowing these 50,000, 50 million [immigrants] to come in here, we can do that."

The revolutionary tone has surprised even longtime immigration watchers such as Ira Mehlman, the Los Angeles-based spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

"I've always been skeptical myself about this [reconquista], but what I've seen over the last few weeks leads me to believe that there's more there than I thought," Mr. Mehlman said.

"You're seeing people marching with Mexican flags chanting, 'This is our country.' I don't think that we can dismiss this as youthful exuberance or a bunch of hotheads," he said.

Hispanic rights leaders insist there's nothing to the so-called reconquista, sometimes referred to as Aztlan, the mythical ancestral homeland of the Aztecs that reportedly stretches from the border to southern Oregon and Colorado.

Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association in Los Angeles, one of the march organizers, was infuriated when a reporter asked him about the reconquista.

"I can't believe you're bothering me with questions about this. You're not serious," Mr. Lopez said. "I can't believe you're bothering with such a minuscule, fringe element that has no resonance with this populous."

Does this mean they'll take back Texas? Please.

Uh, this is the kind of nonsense which circulates in academic circles. It has nothing to do with reality. The "reconquista" is really about white folks fear.

Ira Mehlman is a longstanding bigot, so I am not surprised.

I mean, when they said "this is our country" they were talking about the US. Just because they had Mexican flags, which represents their heritage, doesn't mean they want to return the southwest to Mexico. Some Mexican Americans have lived in the US for centuries. before the Mayflower.

There are any number of illegals and green card holders now serving overseas. Are they fighting for Mexico? No.

Why don't they have Robert Stacy McCain comment on this, it seems right up his alley.

And the stolen land they're talking about is the land theft done by American lawyers on Mexican land grants. How else did land owned by Mexican families suddenly wind up in white hands. Land theft. The Mexicans lost their ranches and farms to whites in court.

So the idea that they want to remake Mexico is silly

posted by Steve @ 10:28:00 AM

10:28:00 AM

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