There seems to have been a fundamental shift in Californias view towards illegal immigrants. 10 years ago, politicians (i.e. Pete Wilson the govenor) were much more vocal about it. But I believe we are now past the point of no return. The momentum towards accepting illegals into society ( let's give them all drivers licenses!!), will be hard or nearly impossible to stop. As California's Mexican population increases, how will politicians suddenly stand up and say "sorry guys, gotta take you back". The free benefits we give out (education, health care) will be seen as entitlements instead of just charity the longer we allow it to happen. Cinco De Mayo is an incredibly big deal here in LA. Casear Chavez is a state holiday. What is all this going to lead to? Latino's becoming the majority of the states citizens in a decade or two. Wages for unskilled labor will continue to decline or barely tread water vs inflation. The gulf between the rich and the poor will widen. More mexican holidays becoming state holidays. Are peso's going to start being accepted in California and the southwest? There will be inevitable succession talks 20 or 30 years from now (remember french canada wanting to break away from the english parts). Mexico and the US aren't going to suddenly gain a single unifying identity.