Plan of Investigation
Mexican Repatriation took place during the time period of The Great Depression, which took place during the 1930s. It is estimated that about two million Mexican and Mexican American were deported to Mexico. Most people who were sent to Mexico were actually American. These men, who worked in The United States of America with low salary, were only kept in the United States until they were no longer needed to work. The objective of this investigation is to analyze how Mexicans were negatively impacted throughout the Great Depression. The aim of this investigation is to find out how exactly Mexicans were affected during The Great Depression, and why they were treated the way that they were. The question that will be answered is, to what extent were Mexicans negatively impacted throughout the Great Depression? To answer this question the investigation will need to examine everything that the Mexican people had to go through in order to understand why they were sent back to Mexico, their homeland. Also find out under what terms they were working under. Finally, some actual documentations of the Repatriation will be needed to have more effective evidence.
Summary of Evidence
Throughout the Great Depression Mexicans were treated unfairly in their working environment. They would have a job when they were needed, as soon as they were not needed, they were sent back to Mexico. What was happening in the work force with these Mexicans was widely known as the “Bracero Program” which was an agreement in 1942 between the United States and Mexico (Samora 2). Many of the contracts were written in English, and many of the workers did not even know what they were getting themselves into, “A particularly controversial subject was the automatic deductions made from the men’s paychecks for food, health insurance, and retirement benefits” (Samora 1). They made sure that the contracts were in English because the Mexican men would most likely not sign up if they knew exactly what would be happening to them while they were working for these Americans.
Some Americans actually thought what was done to these Mexicans was okay. It seemed fair what was done because they were actually “saving” people, “By quickly returning the aliens to the interior of Mexico rather than to the Mexican border, both nations seek to save lives and discourage illegal border crossings through hostile, desert terrain” (Seper 1). Also Mexicans were not in actual danger, “ensure the safe, effective and humanitarian return of Mexican nationals illegally in the United Sates” (Seper 1). Mexicans were not treated as bad to a certain extent as shown. Nevertheless it was not ignored what they went through, they were treated how they were for economic reasons also; “Many detained illegal aliens who are returned to various border communities after their capture often find it easier and more economical to re-enter the United States than return home to Mexico’s interior” (Seper...