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The title The Devil's Highway has reference to the oldest track to cross over to the United States from the Mexican boarder. This track goes through the Arizona desert, and is one of the most inhospitable places for humans. The temperature here is almost always above hundred degrees…
The book prompts one to look at the issue of migration in a different angle, in a much more humane angle. These are people caught in between two governments and their contradictory policies. The Mexican Govt. is encouraging or at least is not stopping the illegal migration. The American Govt. is against immigration, but is not able to stop it fully for economic reasons.
The Mexican Govt. policy of not stopping the immigration has a historic reason. Historically the expansionist policies of the United States lead to the annexation of Mexican areas during what is called the Texas Revolution. After the futile war with Britain, (1812-15) the United States adopted a new strategy for annexation of bordering territories. Settle down, out number the natives, index the boundaries-this was the new strategy. Mexico was a Spanish colony that got liberated in 1821.The New Mexican Empire inherited, Alta California, New Mexico and Texas from Spain. The new Government, virtually bankrupt and weak, was unable to control the northern territories of the country. These areas were thousands of miles away from the capital of Mexico City. Hence, the Mexican Govt. allowed a few American families to cross over and settle. What followed were huge American settlements in Texas, which became an American majority area. The Texans wanted to accede to the United States. ...
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