ON-Lion Letter
In a revised and updated version of Encounter Books' Mexifornia:  A State of BecomingVictor Davis Hanson locates the cause of our immigration quagmire in the opportunistic coalition that stymies immigration reform and, even worse, stifles any honest discussion of the present crisis.
Conservative corporations, contractors, and agribusiness, as Hanson describes in the book, demand cheap labor from Mexico, whatever the social consequences.  Meanwhile, "progressive," academics, journalists, government bureaucrats, and La Raza advocates see illegal aliens as a vast new political constituency for those peddling the notion that victimhood -- not citizenship -- is the key to advancement.

The troubles Hanson identifies in Mexifornia may have reached critical mass in California, but they also affect Americans who inhabit "Mexizona," "Mexachusetts," and other states of becoming.  He strongly believes, however, that our traditions of assimilation, integration, and intermarriage may yet remedy this problem that the politicians and ideologues have allowed to get out of hand.
Hanson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University in California.  He is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is supported by Bradley, as is the Hoover Institution.
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