My family settled in what is now the United States decades before President Trump’s ancestors arrived. In other words, we “Mexicans” did not immigrate to the United States. We lived on U.S. land before it was U.S. land. And we’re not going away.
I can trace my ancestry to La Grulla, a small community just west of McAllen, on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. My ancestors settled there in the 1830s — a decade before Texas became a state. They pre-date the ancestors of most current Texans.