Mexican Immigration In America

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Why do immigrants, especially Mexicans, “not belong” in America? Society harps on us to be accepting of everyone and everything, including race, yet simultaneously alienates Mexicans and forces them back to where they “came from”. In the early 1900’s immigration became a prevalent government topic because the immigrants weren’t wanted, yet, with time, they kept flooding into America with the promise of a safe haven. Many historical paradigms have influenced and set a precedent for the current conflict, but specifically, the militarization of the United States/Mexico border, as well as the Immigration and Nationality Acts, have contributed to the view of Mexicans as aliens. Immigration acts separated families and border patrol has placed a strain on immigrants who do not meet criteria to enter the United States but have nowhere else to go. Those who try to pass the border illegally were either shot if caught or tracked. Now, millions face the fear of deportation. Because America holds a negative outlook against Mexicans it wasn’t welcoming towards them and forced them into underpaying jobs with inhumane living and working conditions. Working immigrants lived in remodeled chicken coops and broke their backs in the fields up to twelve hour a day in brutal weather conditions. Because of a subtle hierarchy in the United States, whites commonly view themselves as superior to Mexicans and therefore do not want to be outnumbered by these aliens who don’t belong in this country.
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