What is the effect of illegal immigration on society- causes and effects anthropology

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Zuha Mirza

Illegal Mexican Immigration

Anthropology 205

Professor Collins

Section 9M3W

Mirza 1

Illegal Mexican Immigration to the U.S

Marsha Blackburn once said "We all learned in kindergarten that the beginning is a very good place to start. As we have this debate on illegal immigration and illegal entry into this country, let 's begin at the very beginning by sealing the borders to this great Nation." This quote is a connotation of the negative attitudes toward illegal aliens that hinder all obstacles just to get to the U.S border. Mexico, which is located to the Southwest of the U.S, is a country inclusive of a distinct culture, language and customs that make it diverse from other countries in the North American continent.
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In the 1975 data, 84 percent of the Mexican illegal aliens were in low skilled jobs- they were farm and non-farm laborers, service workers and operatives- 14 percent were craft workers, and only 1 percent were white collar workers (Chiswick, 99). There is not much of a vast difference in the jobs these Mexicans undertake as they are usually offered the lowly occupations.

One other vital push factor that instigates Mexicans to migrate is the deals made by NAFTA. NAFTA has created dramatic economic dislocations in Mexico. For example, imports of U.S. corn have severely affected the local Mexican agricultural sector. NAFTA arrangements have helped increase the imports from 3 million metric tons in 1994 to more than 5 million metric tons in 2002 (Massey, 1374). Also, the brief rise in outsourced U.S. manufacturing that helped the Mexican economy has ceased as these factories have now moved to Asia. (OXFAM; USDA, Nadal, 2002). A bad economy and among other reasons have resulted to the increased high crime rates in Mexico and thus driving mostly the youths to the United States to look for better jobs which are not easily accessible in their country. "Some 30,000 soldiers and federal police have now been deployed to a dozen states throughout Mexico as part of President Felipe Calderon 's war on drug cartels and organized crime, and Juarez is just the latest front. On March 28, after the murder toll there rose to more than
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