A Reader in Alta California Is Still Steaming About Treaty Violations
June 27, 2007, 05:00 AM
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From: Eric Vizcaino Coronado [e-mail him]

Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column: Enough Already About The Mexican-American War 

My questions for Guzzardi: who`s the criminal, who`s the corrupt, who`s to blame for why Mexicans still feel lots of hate for America and Americans, huh?

You tell me sir. Mexicans will never give up their claim for what was unfairly robbed from them in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the Mexican-American War.  

Ultimately, they say, what goes around sooner or later comes around.  Don`t be surprised that Mexico uses migratory tactics to recapture what we lost. 

Then again, it shouldn`t matter much to America right, since I believe you guys used the same scam and sugar coated it calling it Manifest Destiny?  

Doesn`t time have an amazing way of vindicating those that were taken advantage of?   

So Guzzardi shouldn`t tell no [sic] more lies about why Mexicans have never and will never surrender what was theirs from the beginning. 

If I were Guzzardi and planned to stay the remainder of his life in California, I advise him to take some Spanish language classes and invite all his other Anglo friends and family to do the same.  

It will make his life a lot easier.

Joe Guzzardi replies: This is the closing paragraph of Coronado`s long letter that included references to the Land Act and the Foreign Miners` Tax Law. Coronado maintains that violations to these and other sections of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo justifies Mexico`s hatred for all things American.

Coronado may—or may not—have a valid point. But the inescapable facts remain unchanged. Mexico fought and lost a war; it signed a treaty and accepted money from the U.S. Nowhere is it stated that Mexicans have the right to enter the U.S. illegally because of perceived violations committed under a treaty signed 150 years ago.

I`m living in the 21st Century. I suspect many of our angry Hispanic readers are not.

One more thing for Senor Coronado—I speak Spanish. If only those who live in the U.S. who don`t speak English would learn, the country would be a better place.