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Capital Weekly: Sacramento, California
Latino pols dream of Aztlán, anti-immigration groups charge
By Malcolm Maclachlan
(published July 13th, 2006)
It sounds like paranoid plot of a suspense novel: a conspiracy by Latino politicians and activists to re-conquer the American Southwest and expel all non-Latinos.
But a loose coalition of groups has used renewed interest in immigration issues to launch a campaign to draw attention to what they say is evidence of just such an agenda. This includes an ad campaign designed to make people aware of what they say are treasonous statements by some of California's most prominent and respected Latino politicians.
"They are all reconquistas," said Evelyn Miller, describing the Democratic Latino Caucus. Miller is a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach-based California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR). The group said that many powerful Latino Democrats support Aztlán, a Latino homeland that would be formed by the secession of several Western states that were once part of Mexico.
"Aztlán is an old concept that holds little meaning to many Latinos,"
countered Abel Valenzuela, a Chicano Studies professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Most Latinos/Chicanos--and undocumented immigrants--don't even know what the term means."
It doesn't take much looking to find people who are openly supportive of the reconquista concept.
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