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Memo From Mexico | "Mexican Power"—What American Politicians Don't Want To Know.
Sometimes you run across a journalistic endeavor that really stands out for its honesty and clarity.
I recently saw such a thing in the Mexico media. It was a graphic feature (using Flash animation) that appeared on El Universal Online . It is entitled "Mexican Power".[By José Peréz-Espino and Francisco Barrados, April 10, 2006] Yes, that's right, "Mexican Power"—the title was in English.
I suggest you look through it. I provide below an English translation for those of you who don't know Spanish…yet.
Mexican Power—Page One:
"The Mexicans in the United States are no longer invisible. Their number has grown to 25 million, with or without papers. They represent a purchasing power of more than 378 billion dollars (of which 5% was sent to Mexico last year). The majority no longer work in the fields, as before, but in the principal cities. They are professionals, politicians, businessmen or influential communicators, students, laborers or those who work in the service sector. Here we present an overview of the Mexican Power in the United States."
Mexican Power—Page Two
This page has a map of the U.S. with certain cities marked, and the caption reads
"This 10th of April thousands of residents of the United States participated in the 'National Day of Action & Rally for Immigrant Rights' in 70 cities of the U.S.A, demanding legalization for 11 million 'indocumentados'. "
Mexican Power—Page Three
This has a map of the U.S. and this caption:
"In the U.S. there reside 25 million persons of Mexican origin. Of that total, 9.8 million were born in Mexico, of whom 4.8 million are indocumentados. The Mexicanized states are California, Texas, Illinois, Arizona and Colorado."
This page has a very handy feature. You can move the mouse to any state in the union, click it, and find out how many Mexicans are living there, according to the Universal estimate.
Notice too the phrase "Mexicanized states"…El Universal's words, not mine.
Mexican Power—Page Four
This page has a map of Mexico, with this caption
"The majority of the Mexicans who emigrate to the U.S. in five years came out of 10 entities (in this case states). Almost the same states receive the biggest parts of the remittances that the paisanos [fellow Mexicans] send to their families."
On this page, you can click the mouse on to any Mexican state and find out how many emigrants El Universal estimates come from that state.
Mexican Power—Page Five
This has another U.S. map with the caption "In 2000 there were 35.3 million Latinos in the United States. This is the distribution of the Latino community in the U.S.: Mexicans 66.9%, Puerto Ricans 9.6%, Cubans 3.5% , Dominicans 2.2% , Salvadorans 1.9%, Colombians 1.3% , Guatemalans 1.1%, others 13.5%."
Mexican Power—Page Six
This page has "Notes and Sources":
- Legal residents in the country. Includes American children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Mexicans, also citizens in Mexico who are naturalized Americans.
- Citizens born in Mexico, but who adopted American citizenship. This figure is therefore contained in the previous one.
- Immigrants who have decided to stay permanently in the country, though without legal status, according to various sources specified below…[and the sources follow.]
Congratulations CIS—your figures are considered reliable by El Universal Online!
Note that, here in Mexico, people who emigrate to the U.S. are considered Mexicans, regardless of citizenship. So are their descendents.
And note the refreshing honesty of the Mexican Power feature. It gets right to the point.
It doesn't talk about Mexican contributions to the U.S. economy.
It doesn't talk about the U.S. as a "nation of immigrants".
It doesn't talk about diversity.
It doesn't talk about justice.
It gets right to the point—"Mexican Power."
That's really how they see it.
When will American politicians wake up and see what's really going on?
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) resides in Mexico, with a legal permit issued him by the Mexican government. Allan recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his FRONTPAGEMAG.COM articles are archived here his "Dispatches from Iraq" are archived here his website is here.