suggests the "Republica del Norte," the Republic of the North, is "an inevitability."
envisions it encompassing all of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and southern Colorado, plus the northern tier of Mexican states: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.
Along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border "there is a growing fusion, a reviving of connections," Truxillo
"Southwest Chicanos and Norteño Mexicanos are becoming one people again."
, 47, has said the new country should be brought into being "by any means necessary," but recently said it was unlikely to be formed by civil war.
Instead, its creation will be accomplished by the electoral pressure of the future majority Hispanic population in the region, he
contends states have the right to secede under the Articles of Confederation of 1777, in which states retained "sovereignty, freedom and independence.
Truxillo, who teaches at UNM's Chicano Studies Program on a yearly contract, believes it's his job to help develop a "cadre of intellectuals" to think about how it can become a reality.
Native-born American Hispanics feel like strangers in their own land, he
"We remain subordinated," he
"We have a negative image of our own culture, created by the media.
Self-loathing is a terrible form of oppression.
The long history of oppression and subordination has to end."
said Hispanics who have achieved positions of power or otherwise are "enjoying the benefits of assimilation" are most likely to oppose a new nation.