Argumentative Essay On Mexican Immigration

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“When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best…They are sending people that have lots of problems…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people” (Reilly, 2016). These words delivered by presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015, have portrayed the Mexican immigrants as possible “threats” to the United States. However, these labels and views expressed by Donald Trump do not fully represent Mexican immigrants. Recently, the issue of immigration has become a tense, controversial issue of discussion in our nation. Various presidential administrations in recent decades have tried to “deal” with the immigration issue by enforcing strict laws to prevent migrants from entering the US, increasing border patrol, and immigration enforcement. Even our current president …show more content…

Various Mexican immigrants see the US as the land of opportunity and the land where you can achieve the American dream if you work hard. However, it seems that US legislation and stereotypes are preventing many immigrants from achieving this dream. Americans seem to be indifferent of how Mexican immigrants contribute to American society and most importantly the economy. Cities such as Los Angeles have thrived from the backbones and manual labor of various Mexican immigrants. This paper will provide historical patterns of Mexican immigration to the US, will analyze the economic benefits of Mexican immigrants in the US, will focus on key industries sectors in Los Angles such as the steel and apparel industries were Mexican labor is heavily seen and how they have shaped Los Angeles, and will incorporate first-hand testimony from two participants who migrated from Mexico to Los Angeles. This paper argues that Mexican immigrants have been and continue to be a vital group to the US economy and more specifically have helped the Los Angeles economy grow and develop since the

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