5th hour, Spanish III
March 8th, 2013
Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration is a book written by Lalo Alcaraz which encompasses his interesting opinions on immigration and America’s view of Latin Americans. Alcaraz attacks racists, politicians, and American society throughout his book, Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration, and does a pretty good job of it too. Alcaraz’s book is certainly worth reading because it offers a new, fresh way to look at the ever-so perplexing topic of immigration.
Alcaraz named the book Migra Mouse for a very interesting reason. Migra, or “La Migra”, is typically used to describe members of the United States border patrol of Mexico. The “mouse” part of the title came from a play on Disney’s famed character, Mickey Mouse, when the Walt Disney Company decided to endorse Pete Wilson, an immigrant-bashing politician, in the early 1990s. Alcaraz claims that his Migra Mouse comic is his “most well-known” and has been seen around the globe due to pro-immigrant groups in Mexico reproducing and distributing it to other places such as North America, South America, and Europe.
Alcaraz also expresses compelling opinions about immigration in Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration. Alcaraz, a son of two immigrants, believes that migration is a right given to all people and that no border of any country should dictate where human beings are allowed to travel. Alcaraz also argues that immigrants come to the United States to work and feed their families. Alcaraz even goes on to say that everyone who originally came to the U.S. was an immigrant themselves. These insightful and observant ideologies that Alcaraz illustrates makes his book, Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration, a very intriguing and intellectually stimulating read.
Another Topic Alcaraz touches on in his book is the attitude that America has towards immigrants and Latin Americans. Alcaraz criticizes...