Mexican Immigration And The United States

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According to the article Immigration, “Spanish-speaking people have lived in North America since the Spaniards colonized Mexico in the sixteenth century” (Immigration: Mexican). Around this time, the United States was also expanding. With this expansion, the U.S. essentially adopted a large amount of Mexican citizens along with the land. As far as immigration after this time period, the same article states many Mexican’s began immigrating into the United States primarily during the 20th century. More specifically, “Mexican immigration in the 20th century came in three great surges of growth” (Immigration: Mexican). In the 1900’s, America received their first surge of Mexican immigrates. “Between 1910 and 1930, the number of Mexican immigrants counted by the U.S. census tripled from 200,000 to 600,000” (Immigration: Mexican). Today, also identified as the third surge, there is record of “more than twenty million people of Mexican origin in the U.S” (Immigration: Mexican). There are various reasons why Mexican immigrants came to America. In the beginning, most of the immigration was a result of the Mexican Revolution and the United States influential economical status. Like many other immigrants, these individuals wanted a better life for themselves and their families. Throughout history, Mexican immigration has fluctuated. “Immigration law has swung back and forth throughout the 20th century, at times welcoming Mexican immigrants and at other times slamming the door shut on them” (Immigration: Mexican). Cultural Phenomena Environmental Control Within the Mexican-American culture, many individuals practice Roman Catholicism, and their religious affiliation directly affects their health and illness practices. In fact, it is sug... ... middle of paper ... ...ulation). Many people within this culture tend to use folk medicine before visiting the modern health care system. Along with folk medicine, it is typical for these individuals to utilize extended family and religious institutions as well before visiting the doctor. Overall “Mexican-Americans tend to underutilize available health resources because of fear of discrimination, perception of health workers as government representatives, and language and cultural factors” (Stambler 1). According to the article The Mexican-American in the Health Care System, “a relationship clearly exists between the health of Mexican Americans and certain demographic features” (Stambler 1). These features include segregation, little and/or poor education, and low income. Due to the fact this culture is very family oriented, many of the decisions in general are made as a family.
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