Immigration reform has remained a hotly debated topic in the national discourse of the U.S. The media and films have continuously portrayed immigrants as depriving American citizens of jobs and as welfare-seekers. A common misconception that has been used in films is that immigrants, especially Latino work as servants doing menial jobs in order to achieve upward mobility in the society. According to Brayton, there were constant association between the Latina immigrant population and domestic labor is made in films. However, this should not be reason enough to stereotype a whole grouping. Spanglish and Quinceañera show that the success of the Latino protagonists depends on the altruism of the Anglo society. Undeniably, immigrant groups offer a certain diversity that makes it hard to create generalizations based on stereotypes and prejudices.
The representation of Latino as maids or servants in films often serves to illustrate an ideology about the protagonist or family that they work fo...
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