To understand of many Mexican attitudes toward the United States and immigration, you have to go back to the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, of which most Americans have never heard. The United States attacked Mexico in a war of territorial acquisition, occupied Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona, and drove south to conquer Mexico City. It did it because it could.This is absolutely false. Mexico attacked the new American state of Texas.
Note, though, that the Mexican inevitable-flow theory precisely parallels the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which held that that America’s expansion across the continent was inevitable. It was an early form of American Exceptionalism, the idea that America is special and need not follow norms of decent behavior. Now it seems that Manifest Destiny is reversible. This notion too will anger many Americans, but then, the invasion of Mexico angered many Mexicans.
Then Mexico should not have invaded Texas and killed unsuspecting Americans.
Fact:In 1846, Mexicans under Santa Anna invaded the new American state of Texas, sovereign in 1836, annexed into US statehood in 1845. Texas was an American state, attacked by Mexico. Further, Mexico refused to negotiate a peace.
Fact: Mexico was going through a revolution every decade, including the revolution by Santa Anna (mass murderer). Mexico and decent behavior: incompatible through much of its history.
Texas gained its independence from Mexico by revolution in 1835. Initially, the United States declined to incorporate it into the union, largely because northern political interests were against the addition of a new slave state. The Mexican government was also encouraging border raids and warning that any attempt at annexation would lead to war.The shooting war was started by Mexico's attack on US soldiers under Zachary Taylor (16 casualties) and then laying seige to an American fort along the Rio Grande. Then Santa Anna, who had been restricted to Cuba, was released by President Polk by promising to only pursue peace in Mexico, and immediately betrayed his promise to President Polk by taking over the Mexican Army instead and leading it into battle. Santa Anna became President of Mexico two years later.
As a result, the USA declared war on Mexico. General Winfield Scott started the march into Mexico, consistently defeating both the army and the niños héroes, who committed suicide rather than accept defeat. Scott laid seige to Chapultapec Castle successfully, and the war was over with the US having captured Moterrey, Vera Cruz, and in essence, Mexico City. As a result, Mexico accepted the Rio Grande as the border of Texas, and the US bought, for $15 Million, California and attached lands, (eight American States), plus the USA paid for "damages" claimed by residents of those states. as well.
1. Texas won its independence in a revolution, and became a sovereign country in 1836.
2. Texas was harassed by Mexican incursions and requested annexation into the USA. Annexation was delayed.
3. Texas was annexed into the USA in 1845.
4. Mexico, under Santa Anna, attacked Texas in 1846.
5. The USA responded as Polk declared war and ultimately sent General Winfield Scott against Mexico.
6. Scott landed at Monterrey and marched through the original conquistador path. He won every battle and easily defeated Mexico.
7. Mexico was conquered by the USA. Mexico agreed to the current Texas border, and the land up to the Rio Grande and the conquered cities were returned to Mexico.
8. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Texas and southern Colorado were purchased from Mexico for $15 Million.
What Mexico lost, other than pride, was the right to determine the Texas border. It acquired $15 million for the lands purchased by the USA (who had been willing to pay $30 million before Mexico attacked).
But there was no theft by the USA, no invasion by the USA until the war required it.
I think Fred is losing it.