Explain The Push Pull Factors For Mexican Immigration

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There were several significant factors that lead to an increase in Mexican immigration to the United States in the early 1900’s. The most noteworthy was the political unrest In Mexico, the Civil war and the lack of work. This left the Mexican population feeling insecure in their homeland. In addition, Mexico had a rapid growth in population that the family farm could not support. In America, there were some significant changes in immigration laws while industrialization was rapidly growing and in need of a labor force. All these scenarios caused a push pull effect. They were pushed by México’s civil war and political unrest and the shortage of labor was a pulling effect by the United States labor demand. With the opportunity to leave …show more content…
Under Porfirio Diaz’s regime was the privatization of land in Mexico which favored the Mexican elite and the foreign investor. This caused Mexicans to look for opportunity elsewhere since there was nothing to keep them there. Some Mexicans immigrated to United States in pursuit of better financial opportunities, stability, a better environment and to improve education for their children. “The privatization of land by Porfirio Diaz favoring the Mexican elite and foreign investors” and “Commercial agriculture in Mexico created a Push factors that uprooted thousands of laborers and their families” (Acuna …show more content…
“The post-civil war period (1861-1865) saw an unprecedented industrial growth in the united states” (Acuna 161). The demand for steel and other services attracted many immigrants to fill the demand for labor in the U.S. The railroad linked the United States from coast to coast and its interior along with Mexico as well. This labor demand caused by the building of the railroad caused other industries to boom and opened up markets in the United States that were made accessible by the railroad system of both countries causing a boom in the economy. The United States opened up its borders to immigrants to fill the labor demand. The need for steel to build the railroad caused the demand for minors to work at the iron ore mines and steel mills for rails for use by the railroad, and for workers to lay down the track. The telegraph for communications needed copper for the transmission lines. Copper was the best and cheapest conductor for transmission lines for pier and communications. These industries were like a domino effect which caused the increased need for agriculture, clothing, housing, and entertainment industries to also create a labor demand. While the in-flow numbers of other immigrant groups were limited by the U.S. immigration laws, they would be made up with the Mexican immigrants. The United States favored the Mexican immigrants because they worked for lower wages

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