Saturday, May 05, 2007

Cinco de Mayo


Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday in Mexico, celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained men of the French Army. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican Army under Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

Just imagine if we celebrated every French Military loss, we'd be drunk year round!

Mexico Loses More Population to U.S. Migration Than to Death
Mexico has lost more people to migration to the United States than death since 2000, according to a Mexican government report out Thursday (May 3rd). The report found that an average of 577,000 people migrated to the U.S. each year between 2000-2005, compared to 495,000 deaths a year in the same period. Mexico had 104.9 million residents as of last year. Immigration across the border has increased drastically since 1970, when 800,000 Mexicans lived in the U.S., to now, when there are about 11 million Mexicans living here, both legally and illegally. The study also showed more Mexicans traveling illegally to the U.S. In 1993-1997, 48 percent of Mexicans entered the country illegally. That increased to 68 percent between 1998-2001, and to 78 percent from 2001-2005, mostly because of stricter security measures related to the 9/11 attacks.

5 Comments:

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 5th used... to be my birthday, until about 20 years ago. Than someone decided to celebrate "Cinco de Mayo" in America. Today in Waikiki Hawaii, there is a celebration in memory of the singer Don Ho, and is now "Ho day". So between "Cinco de Mayo" and "Ho day"... I intend to relinquish my birthday, possibly purchase some fake ID changing my official birthdate, to 4 May. Mucho's Gracia's to all you Mexicans and Ho's out there!

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this study also proves that under the Clinton administration, the welcome mat was placed at our border during the early 90's and throughout his 8 years in office. Than when G. Bush took office, it was all his and the Republican's fault that America is being invaded by illegal immigrants? It all makes sense now... Maybe we should change it to "Clinton de Mayo"

 
At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this a typo" "78 percent 'increase' from 2001-2005, mostly because of stricter security measures related to the 9/11 attacks." If this is correct, I would suggest the powers to be relieve the Department Head of Homeland Security Mr. Cjerkoff from his position. Obviously, he ain't doing it..

 
At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would we be interested in any MEXICAN military victory? How about a party or two for some American battles. We have had many worth a good party. But, I guess that won't fit for the "Hate America First" crowd.

Jim in PA

 
At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was searching for any events celebrating "Cinco de Mayo" this year here in Oahu and came across this page. For thos of you which don't know the one of the reasons "Cinco de Mayo" is celebrated in the us here is a link to a PBS.org Reference.

http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/timeline/10.html

For those of you that wish to celebrate 5 de Mayo like myself checkout this link, seems like this is going to to be the place to be on Saturday May 3, 2008 in Celebration of "Cinco de Mayo."

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/440958?trk=ssp

If there is no reason other then to have a great time, why not?

 

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