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Mexifornia : a state of becoming
Hanson, Victor Davis.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Encounter Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 150 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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In this revised and updated edition, Mexifornia examines the predicament of those vigorous, ambitious Mexicans that make California strong but who are hurt by inadequate policies that damage them and this country. Ultimately, Hanson hopes that our traditions of assimilation, integration and intermarriage can yet remedy the immigration crisis that continues to grow and shape America's future.

Author Notes

Victor Davis Hanson is the military historian who is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written several popular books on classic warfare, including "The Other Greeks", "Who Killed Homer?", & "The Western Way of War". He lives in Selma, California.

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Classics professor Hanson is also, like generations of his family before him, a fruit farmer in California's central valley. He has employed immigrants, seen them flood his community during the last 30 years of mass flight from Mexico, and endured the crime associated with illegal immigrants. Hanson is immensely sympathetic to poor Mexicans, however, and the most powerful chapter here outlines the harried life of the illegal alien. But he hates to see the ordered culture in which he grew up drowned by an alien inundation whose undeserving beneficiaries are Mexico's kleptocratic rulers, for whom an open border is a safety valve expelling the potential for democratic change. The four solutions to the mess that Hanson enumerates include continuing de facto open borders but insisting on rapid acculturation; patrolling the border effectively and reducing legal immigration; imposing sweeping restrictions on immigration and ending Mexican chauvinism in the U.S.; and allowing present policies to make California increasingly mirror an unreformed Mexico. Hanson thinks that the U.S. still need not do everything right to prevent social collapse in the Southwest and that the totalitarian uniformity of valueless mass culture may soften that collapse. He also sees very clearly what has brought this crisis on: the American globalist ideology's lust for cheap labor and emphasis on raw inclusiveness instead of standards and taste. --Ray Olson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 What Is So Different about Mexican Immigration?p. 19
2 The Universe of the Illegal Alienp. 35
3 The Mind of the Hostp. 60
4 The Old Simplicity That Workedp. 75
5 The New Gods That Failedp. 103
6 The Remedy of Popular Culture?p. 126
Epilogue: Forks in the Roadp. 142