Conversations With Tejanos
The e-mail I have received from
self-identified Texans with Spanish surnames, though
critical, is not
hateful. The writers are generally
patriotic, but they hesitate to jump on the
immigration reform coalition bandwagon anytime soon.
Consider the Tejanos already
working in immigration law enforcement.
Remember that, as a growing
percentage of the population in the great state of
Texas, Tejanos hold untold thousands of federal jobs
from Amarillo to Brownsville in the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS),
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP),
U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (CIS).
These are people who have devoted
their careers to enforcing the
immigration laws of the United States. They
represent thousands of potential allies in the
legislative fight against illegal immigration.
Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has commented that he has
received great support for his work when visiting
standing-room-only crowds of predominantly Tejano Border
Patrolmen in South Texas. “Where are the TV cameras
then?” Tancredo asks.
While I`m not aware of any Tejano
e-mailing me—yet—their civilian counterparts have
had quite a bit to say.
Here are some e-mail exchanges I`ve
had with Tejano readers of VDARE.COM.
From: Antonio Garcia
Subject: I need help . . . how can you tell who
is legal and who is illegal in Laredo, TX? They all look
like Mexicans to me! LOL
“Perhaps the government should fund a
citizen-informant program? (That`s supposed to be
Jonathan-Swift-style ironic hyperbole; knowing you guys,
you would probably take such a hare-brained idea
seriously 😉 . . . Calm down, cultural change is not
the end of the world!”
would seem to be too late to turn back the
Mexicanization of the borderlands in Texas . . . oh
well. Maybe one day the hysteria will die down in
California as well, and y`all will just learn to live
and let live as we do in Texas.”
Garcia [Article Attached]
[“Webb (County) No. 1 in
percentage of Hispanics,” By Sonia Garza,
San Antonio Express-News, 09/18/2003]
is the heart of the most Hispanic county in the United
States, according to figures set to be released today by
the Census Bureau. With 95 percent of its residents
calling themselves Hispanic, Webb County topped the
list in the first detailed county-by-county population
estimates since Census 2000.”
From: Noel Aleman
Subject: Unfortunate Rhetoric
illegal immigration is an epidemic. However, be sure
not to make your views an issue of race. Even though I
am not an illegal immigrant, I am an
eighth generation Mexican-American from Texas and
frankly find the rhetoric on
this website quite hateful and offensive. As a
matter of fact, my family was established in Texas
before it was the Republic of Texas and before it was
part of the United States, so why do I feel I am
personally being attacked?
“I am a
proud American of Mexican descent. I was born here and
will die here, so please try to direct your comments at
the problem, not at a race or culture. If you know
history, then you realize that every ethnic group that
immigrated to the U.S were subjected to similar laws and
rhetoric at one time or another.
“Additionally, I do not see a big issue being made of
illegal immigration from Canada. This is a rather
dubious distinction considering the
Canadians are Caucasians. Please be aware of your
audience when posting commentaries and do not disrespect
the millions of
Hispanic-American citizens who
honor this country as much or more than you!”
You wrote: "…so why do I
feel I am personally being attacked?"
I don`t know.
Proud Americans of Mexican
descent have nothing to fear from me. Upon reviewing my
focusing on immigration law and the counterproductive
litigation bureaucracy of the Department of Justice`s
Executive Office for Immigration Review—what it is that
you find offensive, my friend?
P.S….The massive size and
scope of post-1965 immigration from Mexico (both legal
and illegal) is what distinguishes it from illegal
entrants from other countries, say Canada (for example).
It`s simply a matter of sheer numbers taken straight
from the federal government
[No reply from Noel]
From: Raymond Alaniz
was born in Texas and I go back many generations. You
seem to forget, pendejo that that effort deported
Mexican Americans as well as illegal. So be careful what
you ask for JUAN.”
No one is going to deport
But as a Tejano and a
multi-generational American, is your
loyalty with Americans who wish to have their
immigration laws enforced, or with
Mexican nationals illegally in the U.S.? Do you hold
greater allegiance to your race or to your nationality?
“Juan, my loyalty is not in
question. My family have proved their
devotion to their country with the ultimate
sacrifice our lives, in almost all military engagements.
I don`t know your age but when
Operation Wetback was enacted by Dwight Eisenhower
in the year 1954 some of my AMERICAN relatives were
deported along with illegal. That law gave the go ahead
to discriminate at will against all people of Mexican
“Juan, the borders crossing
is one of the many problems. Juan, how about those
rich gringos who
hire knowing legal status? Cheap labor is very
profitable, so our laws don`t want to see the problem
and allow it.
“How about those gueros[whites]
who sit at home and draw welfare? Blacks and Mexican
Americans who do the same? Juan, my ancestors were
landowners in Texas until 1834 when gringos came and
took over our lands and made farm workers in our own
land working for them. Juan, quit having funnel vision
and blame only the illegal immigrant for our troubles.”
[Juan Mann`s reply:]
So because of what happened
fifty years ago (before the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted), does that
mean that the federal government shouldn`t deport ANY
illegal aliens from Mexico? Really? The truth is that
they do this every day without incident.
The thing is that with
[President] Bush pushing another amnesty for illegal
aliens, and catering to the wishes of the corrupt
Mexican government that wants to move its population
north, he isn`t doing ANYONE any favors. The only
beneficiaries of his "guest worker" amnesty here are his
rich corporate donors (who hire illegal labor) and the
illegal aliens themselves.
Where are the interests of
America here?—especially the Americans trying to make a
living getting squeezed out of jobs because they WON`T
work for slave wages.
This flood of
illegally-entering Mexican nationals will just keep
coming and coming as long as the American government
tries to "solve" the problem with one amnesty after
another. It`s time for Americans of ALL races to work
together to force our government to get this illegal
immigration thing under control, or else there will be
some REAL divisions in this country someday.
If Americans in general
perceive Mexicans as some sort of cheap commodity to be
bought and sold for cheap (i.e…illegal labor), then it
will only serve to create a perception that
Mexican-Americans are second-class citizens. The only
way to stop that from happening is for our government to
get control of illegal immigration before it`s too late.
[Juan Mann`s reply:]
Fair enough. But that`s why
it`s even more important for Americans of all races to
support immigration law enforcement, so we are not
paralyzed into a situation where our immigration
enforcement is so lax that we allow
19 organized Arab Muslim terrorists to wander about
freely among us (without any legal immigration status)
and plot to murder 3,000 Americans. Remember
those guys? These visa violators and visa over-stayers
were illegal aliens too.
[No further reply from Raymond]
From: Frank Zamarripa
build all the houses and buildings, construct the
roadways, run the hotels,
the meat industry, the agriculture, the McDonalds,
an Army retiree of 25 years, Ph.D., Mexican, and
understand the dilemma. What is Illegal? What are
"Christian" ethics? What and who is God? Do you practice
what you believe, morally, religiously, and
So will America become more like
Texas or California? [See
America`s Future – Texas vs. California by
We don`t know. But America must
hope that Tejanos are a bellwether of Hispanic opinion.
However ambivalent they are, they
are better than the radicals who are coming dominate the
Hispanic community in the rest of the U.S.