Are we afraid of Mexico?

By Cindy Moy: I grew up a country girl, with my car radio tuned to two different country music stations. I’m also a Toby Keith fan, so when one of his songs came on the radio, I turned up the volume.

One line in the song, American Ride, gave me pause: Tidal wave comin’ cross the Mexican border.

My guess is that the line refers to illegal immigration from our southern neighbors. Thousands of illegal immigrants from other countries (Canada and Germany, for instance) live in the U.S., though, but those countries did not make it into the song.

Are we afraid of illegal immigration, or are we afraid of Mexicans? Continue reading