Prepare to be called “confused” or “delusional” for stating that many Latin Americans are descended from the same batch of Europeans that went to Ellis Island.
As a white Latin American, I encounter both dumb crap from white Americans (are you SURE you are Latino?) and Latinos (how did you learn Spanish?)
Lets just pretend there are not millions of “white people” in Latin America for the sake of a dumb joke :)
Speaking of invasions.
In 1848, the United States invaded Mexico.
In 1855, William Walker of the United States invaded Nicaragua
In 1898, the United States invaded Cuba and annexed Puerto Rico
In 1903, the United States forced Colombia to hand over Panama, then Panama ceded a Canal Zone through 1979
In 1912, the United States invaded, then occupied Nicaragua
In 1914, the United States seized Veracruz, Mexico
In 1916, the United States invaded, then occupied the Dominican Republic
In 1954, the United States backed an illegal invasion of Guatemala
In 1961, the United States backed an illegal invasion of Cuba
In 1965, the United States invaded the Dominican Republic
In 1981-1989, the United States fomented Civil Wars in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua that displaced two million people.
In 1989, the United States invaded Panama
….now the United States had national interests at stake in each of these invasions. I am not challenging the morality of all of these actions. But, the clear lesson is that Latin America has a clear colonial relationship with the United States, and when we see Latinos “invade” the United States, we must realize that their dislocation is often a result of conflicts that involve American interventions. The Drug War is yet another example of a U.S. sponsored conflict in the region.