Letters to the Editor

No claim

June 3, 2010


To the editor:

Because the United States gained Mexican lands in what Mr. Bond terms “a land grab” (Public Forum, May 29), he claims that Mexican illegal immigrants have a “moral right” to U.S. citizenship. But how is it that individuals from one side of a border have a moral right to land on the other side, land which they’ve never occupied or owned? How is it that the sovereign nation of Mexico abdicated all claim to the land and recognized it as U.S. territory, yet Mexican citizens are morally justified to illegally trespass upon it?

The only Mexicans with a moral claim to that land were those living there when it became U.S. territory and who, if they didn’t sell their property and emigrate to Mexican territory, became U.S. citizens. Like it or not, that land is now part of the United States. Neither Mexico nor her citizens have any kind of claim upon it.

I wish more of my fellow citizens would argue to maintain and protect our nation’s sovereignty rather than justify and encourage its erosion. I wish our chief executive would actually perform his constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” and enforce existing immigration laws, instead of waiting for the “reform” he wants.

How novel that would be, if Obama did his job rather than dithering about, enabling border-crashing scofflaws and schmoozing for the La Raza vote. Meanwhile, I say, Good for Arizona! She proves that at least someone takes U.S. and state sovereignty seriously.


independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

all those in favor say aye.

all opposed say nay.

The aye's have it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Babcock is correct. The US war of aggression to seize these territories was successful, and the Law of US Exceptionalism states very clearly that when the US steals territory, title to that land is forever transferred to the US.

jafs 7 years, 11 months ago

Many people who would like to look honestly at our history and acknowledge our mistakes do so because we'd like to improve the way we operate as a country.

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 11 months ago

It occurred to me recently that Tom might be a Democrat or else someone desparate to amuse himself because he has a unique gift for making people passionately negative toward the Republican Party.

Despite this, I still have to consider some Republican positions as better than the Democrats.

The Democrats have to get tougher on illegal immigration and they have to be more supportive of a citizen's right to bear arms. At least, they need to stop dancing around these issues and tell Americans where they stand. I don't think guys like Michael Moore represent the views of the average American on this issue.

There are others that need clarification.

Putting union labor lawyers on the National Labor Relations Board is not something I am very impressed with. Do you really believe these guys are not extremely biased.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Psst, ed, you need to work the phrase "running dogs of Imperialism" into your rant if you want extra points toward your Order of Lenin.

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

That's right ed, past tense, "was". Republic of Texas anexed by US. Persecuted a war against Mexico, thus expanding US territory. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
There were approximately 80,000 Mexicans in the areas of California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas during this period and they made up about 20% of the population.

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

The United Kingdom and France, which both recognized the independence of the Republic of Texas, repeatedly tried to dissuade Mexico from declaring war against its neighbor. British efforts to mediate were fruitless, in part because additional political disputes (particularly the Oregon boundary dispute) arose between Mexico, Britain and the United States.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 11 months ago

I'd point out that native-Americans have a much stronger case for that kind of treatment. Are you ready to re-locate and give it back to them? No? Why not, it was originally theirs. Mexicans still have all of Mexico. Native-Americans are cooped up in little 'reservations.'

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

Not all, some choose to assimilate although the ancesters got the rawest of deals.

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