The Texas Declaration of Independence Mostly Signed by Illegal Immigrants
I heard a commercial for one of our excellent and beloved clients.
What caught my ear was an offer for “a free copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence”. I know our governor is currently locking horns with the federal administration but…has it gotten to the point that Texas has drafted a new Declaration of Independence?
Investigation further, I’m PRETTY sure they’re talking about the Texas Declaration of Independence of 1836, when Texas declared its independence from Mexico. But, as read more and more about that document, I discovered a fact that you may not have learned in state history class.
The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by predominantly illegal aliens.
Let’s go back in time to March 2. 1836. The Texas Revolution was fully underway. In fact, the Battle of the Alamo was still being fought in San Antonio. The Alamo wouldn’t be captured until 4 days later on March 6.
While that was happening in San Antonio 160 miles away in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas a meeting was convened to adopt a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. In all, 60 men signed the document. Most of the 60 were illegally in the country of Mexico (Texas).
Here’s how this worked. All but three of the signatories had moved to Texas from the United States. Only ten of them had lived in Texas for more than six years. Fully one quarter of the rest had only come to the Mexican province of Texas within the previous year.
Here’s why that’s significant. Mexico had passed a law in 1830 that explicitly banned any further immigration to Texas from the U.S.
This means that, by Mexican Law, almost ALL of the men who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence were ILLEGAL ALIENS!
What does this mean to us? It all depends on your perspective. The message COULD be, “Be kinder to (illegal) immigrants because that’s who founded Texas”. OR…the message could be, “Don’t let illegal immigrants in or they’ll steal part of your country!” It’s all in how you look at it.
I’m including a PDF of the 1836 declaration here.
It’s fairly long so here’s a summary:
“We don’t like that Mexico won’t let us keep our slaves and keeps trying to convert us all to Catholicism. Sincerely, a Bunch of White Dudes Illegally in your country”.