Migration Policies: Mexican-American Immigrants

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Migration policies conveniently excluded or accepted immigrants based on the interests of the white superior race in America. These interests reflect on the change of US citizenship of Mexican, Philippine and Slovenian immigrants as they progressively entered the US. George Martinez creates an interesting point in his article by referring to judges as Anglo judges due to the fact that white supremacy has been built on Anglo-saxon belief of white race purity and dominance. When it was necessary “Mexicans were co-whites [to suit] the dominant group - and non-white...to protect Anglo privilege and supremacy,” it all comes back to the idea of whites being the race of the nation. After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 court cases have emerged questioning Mexicans as equal citizens of America because “Mexican-Americans [faced] discrimination very similar to that experienced by African Americans”. …show more content…

Filipinos were accepted immigrants in the US because the superior race had interests in Asia. Before 1946 Filipinos were not considered under the federal immigration laws that prevented Chinese and Japanese from entering America. They were instead considered US nationals that could do the manual work necessary in America and thus were purchased from a treaty with Spain. With this new land the US could now take “advantage of...acquired Asian marketplaces and resources” thus expanding western commercial capitalism to the world. Continuing with the idea of Manifest Destiny, migration policies were beneficial for the overall benefit of the country, once the Philippine independence rose up there was no benefit for Filipinos to be considered US

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