Mexican Immigrants' Upward Mobility Argumentative Essay by The Research Group

Mexican Immigrants' Upward Mobility
A look at why Mexican immigrants to the U.S. experience obstacles in achieving upward mobility.
# 72848 | 1,075 words | 5 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Latin-American Studies (General) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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This paper argues that the two main reasons Mexican immigrants struggle to achieve upward mobility are poor education and lack of job skills. The paper concludes that until educational opportunities and work skill training become readily available to these immigrants, it is unlikely they will achieve upward mobility in significant numbers.


From the Paper:

"Hispanics, mostly of Mexican origin, comprise nearly one-third of the California population. In many areas, Mexican immigrants continue to form conclaves in specific occupations, neighborhoods, and churches. This enables Mexicans to form separate communities which staves off assimilation and integration. As one Orange County resident maintains, "It seems like we've got our pockets where everyone keeps themselves segregated and separated...There are so many misunderstandings and misconceptions about each other's races. No matter where you are, there's that racial tension, discrimination" (Baldassare, 2005, 396). While the children of these immigrants may grow up becoming fluent in English, with more education than their parents, assimilation patterns are different than former waves of immigrants who found ready employment in manufacturing industries and protection from labor union groups. Today's Hispanic immigrant suffer from income and education gaps compared to native born Americans, ones that doom many of them to low-paying, low-skilled jobs with little chance for upward mobility.
"Some of the barriers to Mexican immigrants' upward mobility may stem from the same phenomena that keep many whites from progressing, including illusions about the American Dream and California's dwindling capacity to offer a high quality of life to its continually growing diverse population of residents. All Allmendinger (2005) maintains, "Versions of the California Dream are as various as the people who come here in search of fulfillment."

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