Unless you`ve lived under a rock for the last 15 years, you should make a note of this: The southwest is already Chicana/o-Latina/o!" proclaims the website of the California State University, Sacramento, chapter of MEChA.
MEChA — an acronym for Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan in Spanish — has been one of myriad Latino-rights, pro-immigration or social justice groups that have plunged into the immigration debate...The MEChA logo boasts a bird with a lit stick of dynamite in one claw and maquahuitl— an Aztec weapon — in the other. "Through a philosophy of Chicana/o Nationalism, MEChA has not wavered from its original goal of Chicana/o control at the University," states the University of California-Berkeley`s MEChA site
MEChA has been in the thick of the latest immigration protests, from San Diego State University members trying to avert arrests of marching high school students, to "mechistas" organizing a rally at an Albuquerque high school at which signs bore the now-familiar refrain: "We didn`t cross the border. The border crossed us."
The group`s constitution requires that its chapters read "El Plan de Aztlan." A line in its introduction translates into "for the race, everything; for those outside the race, nothing." ...Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans," reads El Plan de Aztlan.
several groups have...taken to in-your-face activism against tighter immigration laws:
• The Mexican American Political Association, which mapped out its demands in a flier for Monday`s boycott: "Immediate legalization without conditions, no border walls, no criminalization." MAPA President Nativo Lopez has stated his desire for Spanish to be California`s primary language...
• Carlos Montes, a co-founder of the original Brown Berets in 1960s Los Angeles, is helping put together an August demonstration — sponsored by MAPA and others — against a border fence, the Minutemen, and even the Iraq warHe lauds Venezuela and Cuba as "examples of the possibilities for humankind."
[Indeed, there is a case to be made that the Reconquista demonstrations should be considered as much in the context of the current upswing of radicalism in Latin America generally, as in that of internal US politics.]
The lesson is that if you allow a huge influx of people whose hearts and minds remain in another culture, things change - badly, for the original inhabitants.
It is time for Americans to consider if the border is crossing them.
Congratulate Bridget Jones on some honest reporting