Mexican Immigration And The United States

1676 WordsDec 4, 20157 Pages
Mexican immigration to the United States began in the 1900’s, characterized as a series of waves that reflected the labor demands in the U.S and political and economic unrest in Mexico. (Citation pending) AND IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE POINT OF THIS PAPER IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIRST GET FAMILIAR WITH LABOR, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF MEXICANS IN THE U.S. The first occurring prior to World War II, where the immigrated population rose from 221,915 in 1910 to 641,462 in 1930, according to the 1933 U.S. Census. (McCaa, 2003) Many historians attribute this influx of immigrants in the early 1900’s to the political turmoil that the Mexican Revolution of 1910 brought on. (Kosack & Ward, 2014) Many Mexicans fled to avoid the conflict but also because the Mexican government failed to recover political stability for a long period of time. During this first wave of migration, the immigrant population increased by a mere 420,000 in comparison to the higher numbers in more recent immigration patterns. The income of immigrants of this period consisted of agricultural workers, hired by private labor contractors looking for people to work strenuously for low wages. This trend continued to grow and decline as the agricultural economy in the United Stats continued to develop across the country. The second wave of immigrant influx occurred during 1942 to 1964, with the introduction of the Bracero Program, recognized as the first governmental action taken to regulate Mexican immigration
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