"Give the land back is a faulty argument"
Posted Sun, Jan 1, 2006 at 2:13 am
Conor Friedersdorf of the Beyond Borders offers this editorial about those who claim that the U.S. southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico.
...Even the worst ideas can endure when they're not directly challenged. At present there are people who earnestly believe the United States owes immigration spots to foreign Latinos to atone for historical sins. As we consider this particular argument, let's assume, for the sake of argument, that the United States did seize the Southwest from Mexico somewhat unfairly. Now consider how arbitrary it would be to undo that particular historical wrong amid the vast sweep of centuries stretching behind us...He goes on, but my argument is much shorter and much more basic: this is now our land no matter how it was obtained. Anyone who works to take it away is automatically declaring themselves an enemy of the United States. In that case, no further argument is necessary.