The View From 1776
Monday, January 21, 2008
With illegal immigration again a center of political attention in the Presidential primaries, Melanie Wooten gives us a timely reminder that Mexifornians are talking through their hats.
The Fallacy of Aztlan
By Melanie K. Wooten, Iowa
There is much consternation and confusion over those portions of the united States claimed by the “Reconquistas”, but one area is never mentioned in the confusion and consternation.
First, on February 2, 1848, under the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, the united States PAID Mexico $15,000,000 to compensate her citizens for damages to private property during the war, which Mexico lost. Mexicans who lived within the post-treaty border (the ceded 55% lands!) who did not wish to abide by the treaty signed by Mexico at the conclusion of this war could return to Mexico. Those who elected to stay were offered citizenship in the united States but they had to disavow allegiance to Mexico.
Second, on December 30, 1853, the united States PAID Mexico $10,000,000 for the lands commonly referred to as The Gadsden Purchase. As any American schoolchild should know, the Gadsden Purchase was a real estate deal (just like the Louisiana Purchase and the Alaska Purchase) regarding a disputed strip of land across the bottom of Arizona and New Mexico where the border now lies. This purchase became necessary because there was an oversight in the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo regarding access to El Paso, Texas, by citizens in the ceded lands to those areas west of that city. The united States PAID $10,000,000 for this 29,000-acre strip of land rather than get into another war and made the payment to the other country involved in the oversight: Mexico.
Money changed hands here, folks—a fact that is conveniently forgotten by the