This summer I visited a small town north of Mexico City named Dolores Hidalgo. This town was small yet huge in historical importance to Mexico's independence. It was in this town that the leaders of Mexico's independence convened to successfully organize against the oppression of Spain's colonialism. Despite being Mexican, I had no idea of the importance 2010 has to Mexicans. This year Mexico celebrates 200 years of independence and 100 years of its revolution. The month of September is bound to have many parties, yet I wonder if Mexicans can honestly celebrate our independence? How free or independent are Mexicans today?
When we look at the effects of neoliberalism to the businesses and economy in Mexico, we can sadly see the devastating effects it has had on its citizens. Many who have had to migrate to the U.S. and face even worst exploitation as they are a population of that does not exist. A population that is only visible to the employers seeking cheap labor to maximize profit. Leo Chavez (UCI anthropology professor) states that undocumented immigrants are in a situation that is worst than slavery because they don't even have food and shelter guaranteed, slaves as property were protected by the slave owners. What do you think?