you forgot to mention a couple of things..<quoted text>
You are living in a state that was once part of Mexico. Five things to remember about that.
First, the United States illegally invaded Mexico more than once and it is partly due to those illegal invasions that California is now part of the US.(Same with New Mexico and Arizona. Texas is a different story)
Second, there was support by many of the Hispanic residents of California for joining the United States before it became a territory of the United States.
Third, the President of the United States at the time, FDR, was petitioned by the Knights of Columbus to intervene in the communist revolution in Mexico to prevent it from becoming communist, but he refused due to his closet anti-Catholicism.
Fourth, many of the extremists who promoted revolutions in Mexico were indoctrinated in anti-Catholic public and anti-Catholic private universities in the United States.
Fifth, many native Americans fled to Mexico to avoid extermination here in the United States. Some fled to Canada to avoid extermination here in the United States. Protestants in Canada wanted to finish the job of exterminating those that fled to Canada, but the French Catholics and Native American Catholics in Canada vetoed that with their vote against it.
the land in question was controlled by the native american indians.
the spanish/mexicans laid claim to the land. but it was not truly theirs.
so, how can the usa have taken the land from mexico when it wasn't even part of mexico to begin with?