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Immigration In South America After 1965

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Census data, when organized effectively, can provide provocative details and contextualization of how the current ethnic makeup of the American population came about. Most importantly to the high degree of immigration in the United States was the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act that built on other legislative efforts during the era to end racial discrimination and instead focus on creating a more humane model for immigration. The general result has been a wave of immigration from South America and Asia with incredibly varied educational, racial, and social backgrounds. The primary difference between immigration before 1965 and after 1965 has been the percentage increase in nonwhite immigration. Additionally, race is much less important in determining the economic and…show more content…
He suffered from racist abuses from co-workers who sneered at him and made him an unwelcome person. He participated in a hunger strike in front of California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Los Angeles to raise awareness for the hardships faced by young undocumented immigrants. He and many other activists called for the passage of the DREAM act which would allow a path to legal status for those brought to the country below the age of 16 and have shown the ability to be a person of good character. From a larger, structural perspective, Laresh Jayasanker, author of the chapter titled “Tortilla Politics: Mexican Food, Globalization, and the Sunbelt” in the book, Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Place, Space, and Region, discusses the close ties between the Mexican-based GRUMA corporation and Mexican government leaders. She positions NAFTA as the perfect vehicle to allow transnational economic practices that benefited large corporations by allowing them to fully leverage “the Sunbelt political and economic order of free trade, low taxes, business incentives, and anti-unionism” (Jayasanker,
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