Migra Analysis

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There is always going to be more than one subjective or analytical viewpoint (perspective) when it comes to the involvement of popular social situations, but in order to understand a situation one has to see them as a whole (objectively). In this case, the border patrol’s objective history. The border enforcements between Mexico and the United States has constantly been changing throughout history, whether it is through their terms of race, class or regional background. In the book, Migra, written by Kelly Lytle Hernandez, an associate professor in the University of California Los Angeles Department of History and director of the department of Public History Initiative, argues how the personal history of Border Patrol workers came to influence …show more content…
After the Mexican-U.S war, about fifty percent of Mexico’s northern territory was claimed by the United States. Much of that land resulted to be high in rich agricultural soil. Due to the fertile soil, settlers began to farm in immense amounts of land. Nonetheless, in order to maintain that land in harvest many farmers decided to hire workers who were willing to work for a low wage. Rapid migration expansion started to take role due to the early agribusinesses. The agricultural boom began to hire Chinese immigrants and American Indians to fill in the work force. As time passed by, the landlords became reliant on Chinese labor. As Chinese were dominating the agribusiness, the United Statasians decided to pass the Anti-Coolie Act of 1862 because many of the rising anger amongst white laborer’s claims of salary competition. This was when the Texas Rangers (later became the border patrol) fist stepped in and did all the dirty work of patrolling Chinese immigration. The border patrol’s focus was on Southern European, Chinese, and Japanese immigrants. By 1917, the United States’ Congress confirmed Immigration Acts’ list of persons prohibited from entering the United states included all Asians, illiterates, prostitutes, criminals, contract laborers, unaccompanied children, idiots, epileptics, the insane, paupers, the diseased and defective, alcoholics, beggars, polygamists, anarchists, and more. …show more content…
Besides the racial profiling many the United Statasian did, Mexican Americans groups also supported the enforcement of deportations because they argued that undocumented immigrants (became known as the “wetbacks”) were taking all the good jobs away from them. The Operation Cloud Burst of 1953 was an operation that consisted of three basic steps/strategies. First being the sealing the border with the assistance of thousands military troops, and step was to build more to the fence. Second, was to maintain roadblocks in busy locations to “mop up” immigrants. And the third step was that border patrol officers would work with the Mexican government to train lift and airlift illegal aliens. As strategically this plan sounded it was unable to pass due the law of prohibiting the use of U.S military for domestic law

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