Essay on Mexican Immigrants And The United States

1041 Words Mar 30th, 2016 5 Pages
While there has always been substantial immigration from countries around the world, Mexican immigrants dominate the statistics. Between 1820 and 1930, Mexicans constituted over half of the documented immigrations. Like many immigrants before them and certainly after them, they experienced discrimination in the United States. Stereotyping and bouts of xenophobia sparked deadly riots against the most prominent minority group in the United States. Early experiences for foreign-born Mexican immigrants, and even first-generation Mexican Americans, was filled with discriminatory behavior aimed at them by police authorities and other citizens of the country.
During World War I, the influx of European immigrants decreased, leaving many jobs in the United States unfulfilled. These jobs were filled by southern blacks and Mexican immigrants. By the 1920s, over five hundred thousand Mexican immigrants were present in the United States (Daniels, 310). The increasing flow of Mexican immigrants coming to the United States for work is important because many American corporations willingly gave the immigrants jobs at lower wages. They, in turn, would send the money home to their families in Mexico. This was largely ignored until 1924, when the United States established the Border Patrol. After 1924, the amount of Mexicans entering the country as “resident aliens with permanent status” began to decline. There are many conflicting records of exactly how many illegal immigrants entered the…

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