mexican american

mexican american

Perceptions Of Mexican Americans and the Mass Deportations of the 1930s

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Due to pressures from the Great Depression, more than 400,000 Mexicans were forced out of the country and back to Mexico during the 1930s. Of those repatriated, about 60% were U.S.-born American citizens. Many of the deportations were fueled by the racial perceptions of Mexicans and American fear of unemployment, and much of the rhetoric that was used to justify the mass deportations of the 1930s is still being used today to oppose the legalization of approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants, even though these individuals have built their lives in the United States.