Essay on Mexican Immigration

897 Words Oct 6th, 2005 4 Pages
Title: Mexican Immigration
Specific Purpose: To inform classmates on the causes and effects of Mexican immigration
Thesis Statement: The causes of Mexican immigration is a combination of "push/pull" factors, where conditions in Mexico push them out and opportunity in the U.S. pulls them in, where they actually become an asset to the U.S. economy.

Attention-getting material: Imagine waking up everyday to hunger, hopelessness, and despair, knowing that you cannot do anything about it, knowing that next door there is opportunity, and that the grass is greener on that side, and the only option is to stay where you are and starve or find a way to make it to the other side. This scenario is one that millions of Mexicans
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II Second main point: Mexico's socio-economic problems force Mexicans to be "pushed" out.

A. Subpoint or supporting material: Along with corruption another problem that plagues Mexico and causes immigration is its huge social and economic gap between rich and poor, or as Jorge Castaneda explains " a polarized society with enormous gaps between the rich and the poor, town and country, north and south, white and brown."
B. Subpoint or supporting material: According to statistics pointed out by Castaneda the top 10% of Mexico's population received 38% of Mexico's wealth, while the poorest half received only 18%. This top 10% is what makes up Mexico's elite, a staunchly conservative group that ferociously defends the status quo, maintenance of this status quo is what "pushes" Mexicans out.

II. Third Main Point: Mexico and its problems are not the only causes of Mexican immigration, because the U.S. "pulls" them here, U.S. economic interests make up the "pull" part of the "push/pull" equation

A. Subpoint or supporting material: Most Americans would rather like to have Americans doing these jobs but there are consequences because Americans would demand higher wages that would cause higher prices, in the case of agriculture produce prices would skyrocket directly hurting Americans, but this situation can be applied to

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