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Immigration And Assimilation: Journey To America

1497 words - 6 pages

Throughout the semester we touched on several topics, but one topic that stood out for was immigration. We watched and discussed movies like “Sin Nombre” and “El Norte” which depicted the process of migrating and the risk factors associated with it. On a personally I more interested in it because been an immigrant myself I can relate to Sayra in “Sin Nombre” and Pedro and his sister in “El Norte” to some extent.
Furthermore, adopting to a new way of life is another risk to be taken once the journey is made. One may have to forget about their morals and values to make it, especially if they are illegal. The case is not so different when it comes to Mexicans. Their economy is bad so therefor they embark on this migration in search of a better life in the Unites States of America.
Until the 1900s, he Mexican-us border was open for migration. Mexicans were specifically excluded from the immigration quotas that was set on immigration from southern and Eastern Europe. This was due to cheap labor which couldn’t be overlooked. United States thought loosing up on Mexican immigration would be beneficial to their agricultural development. So basically all Mexican had to do was pay some form of tax to grant permission to enter the US. In 1929, US government require visas from Mexicans.
Mexicans from the study of bean and Steven in 2003 constituted about a quarter of US population. This shows that most immigrants of the United States arrived from Mexico. Mexico and United States is separated by 200miles and they are also separated by their living standards. Unites states also share a partnership with Mexico as well. With his proximity, exchanges of goods and inequality it makes controlling migration difficult. As we witnessed in “Sin Nombre’ the border between Mexico and US are close but sometimes that’s the least of the problem faced on this journey.
Katz and Fader studied the impact Mexican immigration have on United States and the oncoming generation will be affected too. This paper seeks to focus on the viewpoint of the Mexican, assimilation to the culture, assimilation of the Mexican woman and US policies on immigration.
For the past 50 years, there has been a rapid growth in Mexican immigration to the US. And in the last 20yrs the percentage of undocumented Mexicans have increased sharply. This rise has created “complex political, social and economic issues for federal, state, and local governments, with profound policing implications” (Verne and Ronfeldt, 1189-1190). Because of this US have amended this immigration policies. Scholars associated this immigration growth with three factors: significant differences between Mexico and the Unites States earning, decreased job opportunities in Mexico, and poor motivation to identify with native country.
United states are concerned about the rise in Mexican immigration. This was why they brought the Immigration reform and control Act of 1986 which aimed to reduce illegal immigrant various...

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