|1||What Is So Different about Mexican Immigration?||19|
|2||The Universe of the Illegal Alien||35|
|3||The Mind of the Host||60|
|4||The Old Simplicity That Worked||75|
|5||The New Gods That Failed||103|
|6||The Remedy of Popular Culture?||126|
|Epilogue: Forks in the Road||142|
Mexifornia: A State of Becoming / Edition 2by Victor Davis Hanson, A State of Becoming Revised Edition
Pub. Date: 09/25/2007
Publisher: Encounter Books
Massive illegal immigration from Mexico into California, Victor Davis Hanson writes, "coupled with a loss of confidence in the old melting pot model of transforming newcomers into Americans, is changing the very nature of state. Yet we Californians have been inadequate in meeting this challenge, both failing to control our borders with Mexico and to integrate the
Massive illegal immigration from Mexico into California, Victor Davis Hanson writes, "coupled with a loss of confidence in the old melting pot model of transforming newcomers into Americans, is changing the very nature of state. Yet we Californians have been inadequate in meeting this challenge, both failing to control our borders with Mexico and to integrate the new alien population into our mainstream." Part history, part political analysis, and part memoir, "Mexifornia" is an intensely personal work by one of our most important writers. Hanson is perhaps known best for his military histories and especially his social commentary about America and its response to terror after 9/11. But he is also a fifth-generation Californian who runs a family farm in the Central Valley and has written eloquent elegies for the decline of the small farm such as "Fields Without Dreams" and "The Land Was Everything." Like these books, "Mexifornia" is an intensely personal look at what has changed in California over the last quarter century. In this case, however, Hanson's focus is on how not only California, the Southwest, and indeed the entire nation has been affected by America's hemorrhaging borders and how those hurt worst are the Mexican immigrants themselves. A large part of the problem, Hanson believes, comes from the opportunistic coalition that stymies immigration reform and, even worse, stifles an honest discussion of a growing problem. Conservative corporations, contractors, and agribusiness demand cheap wage labor from Mexico, whatever the social consequences. Meanwhile, "progressive" academics, journalists, government bureaucrats, and La Raza advocates envision illegal aliens as a vast new political constituency for those committed to the notion that victimhood, not citizenship, is the key to advancement. The problems Hanson identifies may have reached critical mass in California, but they affect Americans who inhabit "Mexizona," "Mexichusetts" and other states of becoming. Hanson writes wistfully about his own growing up in the Central Valley when he was one of a handful of non-Hispanics in his elementary school and when his teachers saw it as their mission to give all students, Hispanic and "white" alike, a passport to the American Dream. He follows the fortunes of Hispanic friends he has known all his life--how they have succeeded in America and how they regard the immigration crisis. But if "Mexifornia" is emotionally generous at the strength and durability of the groups that have made California strong, it is also an indictment of the policies that got California into its present mess. But in the end, Hanson strongly believes that our traditions of assimilation, integration, and intermarriage may yet remedy a problem that the politicians and ideologues have allowed to get out of hand.
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Illegal Immmigration into California and other borders states from Mexico according to ethnic lobbyists and ideologues is good. Illegal Immigrant's 'do jobs Americans won't do'. But at what cost to California? Which houses three of largest sanctuary cities in the nation - San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. California operates in massive deficits as its social services are stretched, prisions are bulging with criminal illegals and once top ranked 1-12k public school system now opertates in the bottom of nation. The author looks at both sides of this devisive issue and offers a optimistic hope for his home state.
MEXIFORNIA, A State of Becoming by Victor Davis Hanson, was recommended to me five years ago and I blew it off. Then the President’s move to handle illegal immigration by executive order (11/14) instead of having Congress pass laws—after mid-term elections when his party was trounced—I thought it was time to read it. Victor Davis Hanson is a bright man and his presentation of the immigration situation and how it has impacted California is clear and concise. It ought to be read by every person holding any political office in California. To that you could add opinion makers in other states affected by the large group of illegal immigrants who differ so much from the past waves of legal immigrants to our borders. It is sobering, personal, fits small communities and large alike and above all, the offered solutions could well solve California’s dilemma of how to deal with it.
The author grew up in the central valley of California so in my opinion his perspective is spot on. The bottom line is that if California does not change its approach to how it deals with the illegal alien it will find itself in a hole it will never get out of. I enjoyed reading the book and am glad I moved out of the state 25 years ago.
I'm pretty sure I read this book the first time it came into print. Then it was called 'The Learned Protocols of the Elders of Zion' and it was used as an excuse to discriminate against jewish people. That's what this is an excuse to discriminate against hispanic people.