Latino Migration Theory

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Introduction The Latino/a migration to the United States that occurred over the course of the last century was a phenomena mired in unfounded speculation because many “experts” struggled to properly explain the reasons for such massive amounts of Latino/a immigration. However, there are three central theories to explain the Latino/a migration to the United States. These three theories are the push-pull theory, structural theory, and transnational theory (Ramirez, 2016). Both the structural theory and transnational theory offer sturdy analysis of explaining the Latino/a migration to the United States. However, I argue the push-pull theory best explains the Latino/a migration to the United States because this particular theory provides a better …show more content…
These three theories are the push-pull theory, structural theory, and transnational theory. The structural theory is not the best theory to explain Latino/a migration to the United States because U.S. imperialism in Latin America alone did not evict people out of their homelands. Rather people were dislodged due to political unrest and economic reasons as a result of U.S. imperialistic behavior tampering with and corrupting stable governments in countries e.g. Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. The transnational theory is not the best theory to explain the Latino/a migration to the U.S. because the Bracero Program, the special refugees status awarded to Cubans (Gonzalez, 2001), the endorsement of Puerto Rican labor in the U.S. by the federal government (Getzels, Lopez, & Thompson-Marquez, 2012) trumps the reasoning of migrating to the U.S. for the sake of a loved one. Thus, the push-pull theory is the best theory to explain Latino/a migration to the U.S. since the weaknesses of the theory are moot because the federal government did not anticipate their capricious meddling with functioning governments in Central America would result in mass migration of Latinos/as due to extensive bloodletting and vicious, economic hardships in the

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