Language, laws a challenge for indige...

Language, laws a challenge for indigenous migrants

There are 6 comments on the The Seattle Times story from Mar 15, 2009, titled Language, laws a challenge for indigenous migrants. In it, The Seattle Times reports that:

When immigration agents arrested 16 farmworkers in a mass arrest of illegal immigrants early this year, legal advocates raced to find interpreters for some of the men, who spoke only a language called Mixtec.

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Mesa, AZ

#1 Mar 15, 2009
Wow sounds more like an insect than a language. Bottom line they were here illegally and were sent home. End of story.

“Green card?”

Since: Jan 08

Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

#2 Mar 15, 2009
Mexican mestizos are not Native Americans but are instead primarily a combination of Spanish and Amerindian from tribes in what we call Mexico today and make up to between 60%-75% of Mexican Nationals (note that full blooded Amerindians from tribes in Mexico continue to be officially and systematically oppressed by Mexicans in Mexico). The American Journal of Physical Anthropology reports the paternal ancestry estimated in western and northern Mexican-Mestizos was mainly European (60-64%), followed by Amerindian (25-21%), and African (15%) on average (admixtures grade less European as one moves south). Mexican meztisos with some Amerindian link to tribes in Mexico (many couldn't tell you which tribe because they don't know) have no ancestral claim on any land via the tribes here in the USA. That honor would go to the many Europeans that mix(ed) with the Amerindian tribes found in the USA and can prove it.

Know that anthropologists in the USA do not classify hispanics/latinos as Native Americans because they are not Native Americans. They are officially defined as "a person[s] of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." It needs to be restated: Mexican mestizos are not Native American Indians.

Furthermore, pre-Columbian tribes here warred into antiquity with the pre-Columbian tribes south of the United States to the extent that their languages, rituals, cultures, etc.. are different. For example, the warrior Aztecs/Mexicas (for whom Mexico named itself upon gaining their independence from Spain) buried each male child's umbilical cord as a pledge they would live the life of a warrior dedicated to killing and enslaving other tribes and were the dominant pre-Columbian indigenous people dominating northern Mexico at the time of the Spanish conquest led by Hernan CORTES in the early 16th century never even got a foothold here due to the fierce resistance of the northerly tribes in what we call today the United States of America. In fact, Mexica/Aztecs were actually farther south than the current Mexico/United States border. As a result, you don't find Federally Recognized tribes in the USA adding Aztec/Mexica or mestizo Mexicans to their tribal rolls. The Indians here do not allow it.

Castroville, TX

#3 Mar 16, 2009
Where do I find the article? I couldn't opened it from this webpage

“Assimilate & Speak English!”

Since: Jan 07

Lansing, IL - now: Pomp Bch FL

#4 Mar 16, 2009
Who cares if they have a translator or not??? They are here illegally. They know they are here illegally. They know they don't belong here. I think sending them home gives them a pretty good indication that we don't want them here. Some things don't need to be said in words!

Good riddance to all of them, and I hope they find the woman they were looking for and deport her as soon as possible.

United States

#5 Mar 16, 2009
Any man willing to sneak into a foreign country knows fully well there are consequences. The only thing that man deserves, is to ask himself one question.

Should I stay or should I go - The Clash
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“Green card?”

Since: Jan 08

Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

#6 Mar 17, 2009
JRoman wrote:
Where do I find the article? I couldn't opened it from this webpage

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