It’s clear where Fred Reed’s loyalties lie. Good thing he acted on them and left the US.
To understand many Mexican attitudes toward the United States and immigration, you have to go back to the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, of which most Americans have never heard. The United States attacked Mexico in a war of territorial acquisition, occupied Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona, and drove south to conquer Mexico City. It did it because it could.
The attitude of Americans who have heard of the war is usually, “Get over it.” Mexicans have not gotten over it. People get over things they have done to others more easily than they get over things others have done to them. Tell Americans to “get over” Nine-Eleven, or Jews to get over Germany.
This does not make for a keen appreciation of the Exceptional Nation. Nor does memory of the conquest arouse sympathy about immigration–or, as Mexicans see it, emigration. It explains the occasionally heard phrase, “La Reconquista.”
The Jews need to get over Germany. Sorry, it’s been long enough. And when enough time has passed Americans will get over 9/11 just as they have Pearl Harbor. If Mexicans have a right to the territory that the US took, then I guess I can show up in Gdańsk shouting “make Danzig Germany again!” and not expect the Poles to chuck me out on my ear. Jerks, that’s my ancestral home. I’ve got a right to it!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, American imperialism is bad. So what? That doesn’t give anyone the right to come screw up the country of people who probably don’t even know the names of their ancestors who were alive at the time of the Mexican-American War.
American attitudes toward Latinos, chiefly contempt, do not get a rousing welcome here. Americans both north and south of the border tend to see Mexicans only as gardeners, waiters, maids and, here, a few English-speaking doctors. Typically they have no idea of the lands between the Rio Bravo and Tierra del Fuego. They have not been there, do not speak or read Spanish. Americans, increasingly losing their own intellectual tradition, are unaware that Latin America has its own rich intellectual history going back for centuries. Fortifying this blankness is the charming view that Latinos are stupid and so, obviously, cannot have an intellectual anything. This annoys Mexicans.
Latin America has in fact produced a great many writers of the first rank, not to mention philosophy, architecture, and music. Pick a few: Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, Juan Rulfo, Pablo Neruda, Borges, Ortega y Gasset, Octavio Paz, Carlos Monsivais, Mario Benedetti, on and on. I didn’t know most of them either, but my wife Violeta, a Mexicana, does. All of this ties in with the literature and art of Spain, the mother country, just as ours does with that of England. There is a major civilization down here, despite the views of internet louts.
THEN WHY DOES EVERYBODY WANT TO LEAVE? Why do Mexicans tell Americans things like “I’m glad my parents took me out of that hellhole”? If Mexico is so great, then Mexicans would want to stay in Mexico, reconquista or not.
Reed thinks that listing a few hard working or sad cases means we should reconsider our opinion of hispanic immigrants as being low-IQ criminals but for every positive example of people coming to our country, taking jobs which Americans could occupy, and sending the wealth they earn to other nations there are plenty of ones which reinforce the bad stereotypes. Stereotypes come from somewhere. They aren’t just invented by racists.
Yes, it is illegal. No, it is not good for the United States. Yes, immigration should be stopped. But–if you were Eduardo, which would matter more to you, your wife and children, or some law in a remote country where, in any event, a lot of people want you to come and work? What would you do? Would it not be irresponsible not to do it?
If they can work so hard, they can work hard to make their own country a better place. It’s irresponsible to abandon their family, their community, and their country. It’s selfish and wrong to do so at the expense of people living somewhere else.
They have to go back.