LATINO VOICES

New Mexicans Missing From Latino Series

Residential homes sit in the Santa Fe neighborhood as seen in this aerial photograph taken from a helicopter in the Condor Gr
Residential homes sit in the Santa Fe neighborhood as seen in this aerial photograph taken from a helicopter in the Condor Group, a fleet of helicopters operated by the Federal District Secretariat of Public Security, in Mexico City, Mexico, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The group provides air support to the population of Mexico City in emergencies, as well as surveillance and traffic monitoring. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After all the hoopla generated by PBS for its special, Latino Americans, viewers like myself couldn't wait to see it. The multi-part series seemed to promise a thorough history of Latinos in the United States. Unfortunately, it was like another episode of "One of Our 50 Is Missing."

For those of you who don't know the reference, "One of Our 50 Is Missing" is a section in New Mexico Magazine that documents experiences by locals with other U.S. citizens who think New Mexico is in Mexico or Arizona. Anecdotes range from tourists asking whether they need a passport to travel to New Mexico or whether "American" money is accepted here. Or there are companies writing to New Mexicans stating that, unfortunately, they are not authorized to operate or, for that matter, bill outside of the U.S. The list goes on and on and can be quite amusing if not hilarious.

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