Rising Rates Of Undocumented Migrants Essay

1851 Words May 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
Socioeconomics of Minorities in Los Angeles During the 1980s and 1990s Rising rates of undocumented migrants “was accompanied by new demonization of Mexicans … and other Latin Americans” who were “increasingly framed as threats to the nation’s security, workers, culture, and way of life” (Massey, 2007, 132). The new culture that demonized Latinos in the United States contributed to increasingly marginalized wages and labor opportunities. Undocumented Salvadorans were “also denied existence by policies that fine wage labor … as a privilege that states can either grant or deny to particular categories of persons (Coutin, 2000, 31). With no guarantee for adequate wages or opportunities, socioeconomic mobility was a palpable challenge. These hinderances to quality of life pigeonholed Salvadorans running from the civil war, limiting them to low-income neighborhoods that were shared with other racial minorities. As Salvadoran immigration to the US began to rise in the mid-80s, tension between Black and Latino youth in Los Angeles began to rise, the city in which many Salvadorans settled in due to an already-present and growing Latino community (Pastor, 2014, 37). In the 1940s and 1950s, Blacks and Mexican-Americans found themselves “constantly pitted against each other in desperate competition for scarce resources” including jobs and neighborhoods (Johnson, 2013, 2). Driven out of their country by relentless brutality, Salvadorans found themselves in the mist of…

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