To the Editor:
Christopher Caldwell, in his review of Peter Skerry’s Mexican Americans [Books in Review, June], notes Skerry’s point that, so far, Americans of Mexican descent and their recently arrived kindred from Mexico have declined to play the role of an oppressed minority in a statist extravaganza. Despite this good news, though, Skerry seems to fear that Mexicans might eventually succumb to the political manipulations of our times.
Well, maybe—but probably not. For example, answering recent charges that Mexican immigrants threaten to bankrupt the welfare system, columnist George F. Will noted that the “work ethic,” not the attractions of bureaucratic largesse, is what brings the immigrants up here in the first place (as the Wall Street Journal has also pointed out, that is what brought the Europeans here, too).
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