Immigration, the drive northward, is a white phenomenon.
This quotation from chapter 1, "The Rules of the Game," attempts to place the phenomenon of immigration in its historical context. When European settlers first arrived in Mexico, they pushed upwards and northwards. They were the original immigrants who moved northwards in search of a better life for themselves and their families.
Urrea uses this little nugget of historical information to challenge the prevailing narrative that immigration is somehow a Third World phenomenon.
Nobody wanted them when they were alive, and now look—everybody wants to own them.
From the same chapter, we have this reference to the Wellton 26, Mexican immigrants who were abandoned in by a coyote in the heat of the Arizona desert. Tragically, 14 died. While they were alive, no one cared about them—not the Mexican government, the US border authorities, or the coyotes who arranged for them to cross the border.
But now that they're dead, everyone wants a...
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