The Migration of Mexicans into the United States of America

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The Migration of Mexicans into the United States of America America may be known as the land of the free but that statement holds truth only to a small degree. Mexicans have been making their way into to the United States for roughly 166 years now and even after all this time they continue to struggle in order to survive in this “Freeland.” From the high volume of crime to the economic issues in the country of Mexico, many Mexican citizens yearn for a better life than what their own country could provide. In effort to attain this higher standard of living they migrate to the United States. The struggles of Mexicans do not stop once they leave Mexico, but instead they follow them through the journey of migration and even after they’ve gotten to America. Mexicans began arriving to the United States shortly after the Mexican American War in 1848, which was a battle between the U.S. and Mexico for territory in regions such as Texas and California. From 1850 to about 1880 55,000 Mexicans migrated to the United States to work in the fields that had recently become a part of the U.S. after being owned by Mexico. Between 1850 and 1924 Mexicans were not viewed as illegal aliens but more as helping hands in the fields. It wasn’t until the U.S. Border Patrol was created that Mexicans began to lose their privileges to be in America without being legal citizens. Starting in the mid-1990s there was a peak in the number of Mexicans entering the U.S. but it then dropped significantly
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