Nowhere else in the world does an invisible line draw such a disparity in wealth and lifestyle. Our border with Mexico divides one of the West's richest countries with a struggling third world economy. The nature of the border presents many unique issues; Mexican refuges looking for a better life here in America, Mexican drug lords exporting drugs to drug savvy America, American jobs going overseas for cheaper labor, as well as the integrating of our two cultures. Mexican immigration is a liability in our country, for reasons that I will state. Yet despite its threat to the American way of life and economy, many powerful elites believe in amnesty because: it drives down labor costs (but they forget to mention workers wages as well), it is "racist" (or at least many political figures will have you believe), and it is a huge untapped constituency.
With a downturn economy in the United States in the 1970’s and 80’s, many anti-immigration groups have fought to restrict access to the border in hope of keeping America “safe”. The use of immigrants as escape goats is not a new concept as this was seen after WW1 and during the Great Depression that led to the era of deportations of Mexicans. However, in the 1990’s, the influx of Mexicans was greater than before and led to a sense of panic in the United States that they began to create formal operations that were funded by the US government to lower the number of Mexican immigrants to the United States. One of which was called “Prevention through Deterrence”. Prevention through Deterrence, POT, sole purpose was to defer unauthorized immigrants from entering the US so they wouldn’t be arrested.
As is made clear in the writings of David Gutierrez, since the beginning of large amounts of Mexican immigration, Mexican Americans have opposed supporting Mexican immigrants. In fact, Mexican Americans had predominantly been some of the main supporters of immigration reform and sanction. "Historically, much of this concern has been based upon Mexican Americans’ belief that Mexican immigrants undercut their already tenuous socioeconomic position in the United States by depressing wages, competing for employment, housing, and social services, and reinforcing negative stereotypes about "Mexicans" among Anglo-Americans" (Gutierrez, 177). Mexican Americans felt as though this competition was holding them back from growth and development within American society, even though they were citizens. This negativity towards immigrants by Mexican Americans was also sparked by the fact that there were separations and differences between the two groups in "class stratification, regional attachments, and subtle differences in customs and language usage" (Gutierrez, 178).
Operation Wetback caused hard feelings towards Americans and has been a continuing issue for Mexican Americans to accept (Healey, 2012). One of the most significant changes in Mexican society came from the North American Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. In this agreement, the U.S. began to move their factory operations to Mexico. Jobs were offered at factories along the board but the wages were decreased (Heale... ... middle of paper ... ...us in the nation. According to McKenzie and Rouse (2013), “79% of African Americans say religion is very important in their lives.” African American religion is carried out in worship settings.
Like other immigrant groups, they immigrated due to extreme poverty from population increase. But many forget that during the 1840's America and Mexico were at war. Winning the war, America claimed land that was once apart of Mexico. Granting citizenship to those choosing to staying in America, many stayed hoping for a new start. Even then Americans alienated their new neighbors for... ... middle of paper ... ...namic relationship we have with Latin American immigrants will help hush the hatred felt on either side.
Many people are blaming illegal immigration for the loss of “American” jobs and why many Americans cannot find work today in the U.S. Illegal immigration has had many effects on the U.S. for the past two decades. Many illegal immigrants that cross the U.S-Mexico border take many of the jobs that are intended for U.S citizens. Mexican citizens are offered amnesty with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. According to the U.S.
With the percentage of unemployed rising, illegal immigrants were to blame for taking jobs that rightfully belonged to citizens. The pressure from citizens for anti-immigration policies forced leaders to act. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, security was heightened around the world. There is more concern on who is entering the country because of fear of ano... ... middle of paper ... ... given the circumstances Spain must be selfish and focus on its own problems. Increasing border security would help stop the influx of immigrants entering Spain.
Relations between the United States and Mexico have become increasingly strained, due in part to American’s contribution to ever-growing cartel violence in Mexico. The United States has been the main contributor to the cartels’ takeover of Mexico, and the current policy approach of limiting the United State’s role has failed. History has exhibited our inability to make peace with Mexico, and without considerable reform to our approach to the “War on Drugs” relations between the countries will not improve. The relationship between the United States and Mexico has become increasingly complicated since the 19th century. In the mid-1800s, the United States aimed to spread its territory by settling a large portion of Mexico’s territory, including parts of California, Arizona, and Texas.
Due to a struggling Mexico and the difficulty to become a legal citizen, the numbers of illegal immigrants have grown, causing the United States, Mexico and other Central American nations to turn to both tranquil and aggressive solutions. Corporations are beginning to run Mexico, buying acres of land that originally belonged to citizens. This, combined with a failing Mexican economy has left thousands without homes and jobs. Fortunately, the United States economy needs workers and shares a border with Mexico, being of much convenience to them. However, the United... ... middle of paper ... ...n advantage of the struggling Mexican system.
Hordes of “land hungry Anglo-Europeans” began to migrate to Los Angeles from various parts of Europe. They viciously took land from the inhabited Mexicans by fraud, force, and imposing ridiculous property taxes. Although Mexican rancheros fought gallantly for their land, they could not afford to pay the property taxes and as a result lost a vast part of their holdings. The Mexican ranchero lifestyle gradually vanished as new settlers took over. As the Anglo-whites became the majority in Los Angeles, they also became the major influence on the development of the city and its capitalist structure.