Posts Tagged ‘mexico’

The Mexican Concept: Opening Up The Taco Of Unequal Relations

March 15, 2009

I was reading a random blog by a conservative writer in South Bend, Indiana, where I read a rant about the current state of the U.S.-Mexican border. It made me think about a few issues around the border — I have been personally affected by the deteriorating civic security apparatus in Mexico recently, in a somewhat direct way, because it fed into my decision to not make a visa appointment at a US Consulate in Mexico. I have heard fearful stories, both anecdotally and in the press, about how lawless things are in places like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, and I don’t want to get caught in the cross-fire.

This is definitely a complex issue. Firstly, Mexico holds an interesting place in the American political constellation because of the immense numbers of Mexicans who have settled down in the country, legally or otherwise. Just look at the immigration data recently published by the New York Times, visualized very helpfully as a map showing the spread of foreign-born populations arond the world.

Then there’s the popular joke that most of the territory of the United States once belonged to Mexico, so in reality, by the parameters of this jest, it’s the Americans who are the upstarts in the region and who fail to pay proper respects to their forebears who pioneered the settlement of a large swath of land that now forms the four south-western and western states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California.