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    the raids of the 1930's during the repatriation movement. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans had already been labeled inferior. As such it is not that surprising that this attitude lead to this horrendous event.

    "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

    by just another vet on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:20:14 AM PST

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      migrant workers back into our fields to help feed our vast armies overseas.

      After WWII, we wanted to get rid of them yet again, and Eisenhower authorized "Operation Wetback" (actual name) to conduct mass deportations yet again.  Many of those deported were American citizens outright or were children of Mexican immigrants born in the USA during their legal migrant farming, making them American citizens as well.

      We've had many invitations and purges of Mexicans, which is why it is so outrageous that people get all excitable about immigration reform today.  Many, many of the people in Mexico and living here in undocumented status, both, are descendants of our years of invitations and purges and thus descendants of improperly or maliciously deported American citizens already.

      And even if they were/aren't already American citizens by right of their parents and grandparents, they are often descendents of the many who were purged from California and Texas in the early 1900s. During the 1930's for example, Texas Rangers were used to forcibly repatriate Mexicans (and Mexican-Americans who were longtime property owners) to Mexico, killing a number in notorious cases.

      In addition, a new documentary, "Border Bandits," based on the memoirs of a Texas rancher, offers a firsthand account of the killings of two unarmed Tejanos by a carload of Texas Rangers driven by a legendary Ranger, William Warren Sterling, who later led the force as adjutant general and mythologized his exploits (but not his shootings) in a popular 1959 memoir, "Trails and Trials of a Texas Ranger."

      "I thought the killings were an isolated incident," said the director of the documentary, Kirby F. Warnock, a Dallas writer whose grandfather, Ronald A. Warnock, had tape-recorded his recollections of coming upon the victims and burying the bodies. After recounting the tale in a 1992 memoir, "Texas Cowboy," Kirby Warnock said, "I got lots of calls saying, 'The Rangers killed my granddad.' "

      Even earlier, 1915:
      n 1915, a series of escalating border-area skirmishes between the Texas Rangers and Mexican cattle and horse rustlers, revolutionaries, and innocents deaths of an estimated 5,000 Latinos, many of whom were killed outright with zero provocation and even less justification, their bodies left to rot in the open as a warning to others.
      There is a long history of Latin racial abuses by the United States that is little known.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:51:06 PM PST

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