When the pollsters rephrased the question to specifically mention "Latin American immigrants," the Hispanic voters switched, with 36 percent now saying "Allow more" and only 21 percent choosing "Reduce the number." Evidently, while immigration can be exploited as an emotional ethnic pride issue among Hispanic voters, on objective grounds most Latino voters are negative toward illegal aliens. After all, they bear the brunt of the lower wages, overcrowded housing, and overwhelmed public schools and hospitals. However, their ambivalence toward illegal immigration is not reflected among their selfappointed leaders, whose interest lies in simply boosting the number of warm brown bodies they can claim to representConsider New Mexico, which has been home to Hispanics for four centuries and is now 44 percent Latino. Although it's on the border, it doesn't attract as many immigrante as Arizona, so its assimilated Hispanics should be doing well, right? In 2007, Tim Russert humiliated New Mexico Gov. [Bill Richardson] on "Meet the Press" by reading off New Mexico's ranking among the 50 states on a scale where one is best:It would be imprudent to assume that Hispanics in America will forever remain politically quiescent under uncharismatic leaders. There is tremendous pressure from within America on Hispanics to follow the path of blacks in politicizing their grievances and developing a culture of rejection. A young high-school history teacher in Arizona told me that he had initially been disturbed when his Latino students accused him of racism: "Why can't I turn in my homework late? You let Julio turn his in late. That's racist!" He finally realized, though, that "racist" was simply the word they had been taught by American culture to mean "unfair."