Cancel the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

On August 31, 2016 Senator Armando Rios Piter of the Mexican State of Guerrero announced legislation to counter Donald Trump’s proposed seizure of Mexican assets to pay for a border wall:

Senator Armando Rios Piter (PRD-Guerrero)
Senator Armando Rios Piter (PRD-Guerrero)

Having just given a speech on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at the National Chicano Moratorium Commemoration on August 28, 2016, I was intrigued by Senator Rios Piter’s proposal, but I felt it should go farther, as I have advocated for years and just as I explained in my speech [For an audio copy of my 15 minute speech, email and I’ll add you to a Dropbox folder where you can download it].  I do know a few things about international relations; I did graduate work in the subject at CSU Northridge after double majoring in Political Science and Chicano Studies.  So I sent Senator Rios Piter the following email on September 2, 2016:



Over the years, I’ve written past presidents of Mexico and the Mexican foreign minister with essentially the same idea.  When I’d discuss the concept with Mexican diplomats they would always agree with me but the Mexican government has never had the political will to take me up on the idea.  Until now that is.  On September 5, three days after I emailed him, Senator Rios Piter announced his now amended proposal that includes abrogation of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and a demand for Mexico to get its land back:

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