How Chicanos are Unlike Previous Immigrants

One of the standard arguments invoked by those in favor of massive immigration into the United States is that our country is founded on immigrants who have always been successfully assimilated into America’s mainstream culture and society. As one commentator put it, “Assimilation evokes the misty past of Ellis Island, through which millions entered, eventually seeing their descendants become as American as George Washington.”

Today, there are reasons to believe that Chicanos as a group are unlike previous immigrants in that they are more likely to remain unassimilated and unintegrated, whether by choice or circumstance — resulting in the formation of a separate quasi-nation within the United States. More than that, there are Chicano political activists who intend to marry cultural separateness with territorial and political self-determination. The more moderate among them aspire to the cultural and political autonomy of “home rule”. The radicals seek nothing less than secession from the United States whether to form their own sovereign state or to reunify with Mexico. Those who desire reunification with Mexico are irredentists who seek to reclaim Mexico’s “lost” territories in the American Southwest. Whatever their goals, what animates all of them is the dream of Aztlan.

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2 Responses to “How Chicanos are Unlike Previous Immigrants”

  1. TraktrGrl Says:

    I have read a few posts on your site with interest and consternation. This article is by far the most disturbing. A writer who charges an entire subculture, “The Chicanos”, with such future criminal activity better have the theory and education to back it up. You have neither.

    In fact, this site is nothing more than an obscured attempt at the publication of racist tripe.

    By the way, you cannot assume my position on immigration by my comments. Only that you do all of us a diservice in solving the real problems that immigration brings.

  2. Watchdog Says:

    TraktrGrl, did you follow the link at the bottom of the post. If you did then you are aware that the writer of this article is Maria Hsia Chang, she’s a
    Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada Reno. I’m sorry if you feel her academic record isn’t sufficient.

    Much of what you see on this website are links to stories pulled from newspapers around the country. These stories and the newspapers they are pulled from are not racist.

    I’m simply collecting information on the negative impacts of illegal immigration. I’m trying to raise awareness of our lax enforcement of immigration laws and our total failure to secure our borders. Our country’s immigration laws are not racist, our borders are not racist, and neither am I.

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