Howracism Formation and Control of Labor Forces Influence Migrationpolicy to 1924
Severalfactors have influenced the immigration policy to 1924. Nativismcarrying the most influence on that policy. It is from nativism thatthe racialism and labor forces control were justified. To begin withracism, the white people were given open arms to come and live in theUnited States as a citizen as long as they had lived in the land fortwo years and had pursued naturalization for a year and had desirablecharacteristics. Children and women become citizens through theirFathers and husbands respectively. Catholics were discriminated asthey were seen as a threat to the social and political order of theUnited States government.
Secondly,labor forces affected the formation of labor policy the Mexicanswere never included in the quotas as they were perceived to beefficient providers of labor. The Eastern Europe and especially theAsian Chinese were discriminated as they were seen to be a threat tothe job market they could take any job at low rate wages affectingthe natives of United States. Also, the immigrant policy wasmotivated by fear that increase in the population of othercommunities would result in loss of labor market to the natives.
Racismand Labor forces played a major role the creation of immigrationpolicy that was the used in limiting immigrants and even closing thedoors for other communities.
Whyshould The American be Familiar with the History of Mexican?
TheMexican history in the United States is very significant in the livesof Americans. To begin with, Many Americans-Mexicans are originalnatives of United States. It is worth to note that some parts ofUnited States such as Utah, California, Arizona, New Mexico, someparts of Texas and Colorado were once part of the free Mexicoterritory. These lands were expanded during James Polk regime thatmade USA go to war with Mexico in (1846-1848). Under the treaty ofGuadalupe Hidalgo, former citizens of Mexico who chose to remain theUnited States were offered naturalization. By nativism, some of theMexican people we call immigrants are real owners of United States.
TheSpanish colonized Mexico people introduced new disease to Mexicosome Mexican died while others were killed and the rest worked asslaves other would escape to the United States. But the Mexicanpeople would revolt after the United States revolted against theircolonist and won, making Mexico free Mexico.
Finally,some of the Mexican would move to the USA during the gold rush era,agricultural era and expansion of the regional railway. With thereduction in immigrant from Europe and Asia, there was a need forlabor and Mexican provided just the required labor. In the greatrecession hundred thousands of Mexicans were deported but the countrywould soon face labor shortage and demand Mexican labors. The USAgovernment and Mexican government signed a treated that negotiatingfor basic human rights, fair wage, food and housing for the Mexicanworkers. This led to the signing of Emergency Farm labor agreement.The influence of Mexican labor would grow in the United Statesleading to the formation of labor unions and protest demanding forfair pay, normal working hours and decent working conditions. Thelabor unions today in the United States are as a result of Immigrantsprotest.
TheAmerican people should be familiar with the Mexican people as mostpopulation, a significant development in infrastructure, developmentof agriculture and mining industry and even land can be attributed tothe Mexican people. The social and cultural influences of Mexicanpeople have become significant in the United States, and they areshaping the lives, food, language and the politics of United States. The American people should also know that the land they call theirown was once rightfully owned by the Mexican, those people Americancall immigrants were natives of United States and need to be treatedwith respect. The American people should also familiarize with theMexican history as Mexicans are the ones responsible majorly for thecreation of Labor Day may first.
Gonzales,M. G. (2009). Mexicanos:A history of Mexicans in the United States.
Bloomington:Indiana University Press
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