Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Speedy Gonzales and the U.S./Mexico Border

I received this immigration tidbit over the transom (e-mail really).  A local historian provided this link to a friend of mine of a Speedy Gonzales cartoon in which Speedy outwits Sylvester in crossing the U.S.-Mexico border (and getting the cheese).  Sylvester appears to represent the Border Patrol (ICE) and Speedy would-be immigrants.  Speedy somehow manages to always get the cheese.

The cartoon came out in 1955, a year after Operation Wetback, an operation in the Southwest run by a military general that removed tens of thousands of persons of Mexican ancestry from the country.


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