Reality Check: Mexican Immigrants Aren't Breeding Like Bunnies

Dear Mexican: How do you think it's fair that all the people that come to our country and stay get treated far better than some of the people who have busted their butt all their lives here? You people take all the white man's jobs and leave us wondering how to support our families and you people have NEVER heard of the condom because your trashy kind are taking over. Please go back where you should be and stop taking all the benefits white people deserve. You all disgust me. South Carolina Taco Eater

Dear Gabacha: I love about Know Nothings' aggressive ignorance of facts. A 2012 study by the Pew Research Center revealed that the birthrate for Mexican women is falling sharply, for both Chicanas and mexicanas. And while the birthrate for those mujeres is still higher than the birthrate for gabachas, it's expected because immigrants in general tend to have more kiddies than native-born Americans.

I checked out a 2012 film titled For Greater Glory, a well-told tale of a dramatic piece of Mexican history — La Cristiada — I'd never heard of. It seemed a pretty cut-and-dry instance of good versus evil: President Plutarco Calles in the 1920s brutally repressed Mexican Catholics from practicing their Catholicism. What surprised me was to find that some Mexicans who had viewed the film vehemently takethe side of President Calles. Are Mexicans not so hyper-Catholic as I imagine? Bewildered WASP

Dear Gabacho: Just because one doesn't side with the Cristeros doesn't mean that one can't be a good Catholic. And For Greater Glory grossly simplifies the Cristeros revolt — but instead of me preaching, I'll direct you to a withering critique offered by Rudy Acuña, the legendary godfather of Chicano studies. His summation is that Calles was enforcing the secularization mandates of the Mexican Revolution, which sought not to stop people from expressing their faith but rather take away the meddling might of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church took Calles' enforcement of the Mexican Constitution as an attack on Mother Church, and the two sides butchered each other. Los Cristeros are still hailed as martyrs in Catholic Mexico, while historians nowadays consider Calles' attack on Mexican Catholics as a continuation of the country's conflict between the church and its natives.

 
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jbj0
jbj0

All I know is what I see and I do not see any mescans doing work. Most are in the grocery store with their lone star card getting food and CASH. I am retired from construction and when I do shop it appears each time I am in the checkout lane I am behind some"hispanic" with $500 cart filled with food that is paid for with a Lone Star card, I wait my turn and calculate how much I will buy with my phone, hoping I don't spend too much. Normally there is a man with the woman and sometimes several large children tossing chips, candy and drinks into the cart as it is unloaded and tallied up.

jf2good
jf2good

I agree, Mexicans please stop having kids and taking all of the "white" peoples jobs such as cutting grass, picking fruit, re-roofing houses in August in Dallas,  washing cars. parking cars and all the other jobs us "white" people went to suburban schools and colleges for.  We need to save all of these jobs for English majors because I want someone to recite sonnets as they are towel drying my car.

kduble
kduble

The movie screened here in Dallas some time back. It fared poorly at the box office. Critics considered very one-sided, a propaganda piece. Among their remarks was that it glosses over atrocities committed by los Christeros. Although one wouldn't know it from watching the film, both sides behaved badly.

 
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