Latin American Immigration to the U.S.A. Term Paper by scribbler

Looks at the history of the Latin American immigration into the U.S.A. including the problems of illegal immigration.
# 152208 | 2,155 words | 21 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper reviews the statistics of all immigration from individual countries and areas, political immigration acts and policies, cultural implications and the change in attitude towards immigration after 9/11. The paper also compares Latino immigration to European immigration including contemporary demographics and especially the robust era of mass Latino immigration commencing in 1960. The paper relates the acute problem of illegal immigration from Latin America and stresses the importance of realizing that illegal immigration is not just a policy issue but also a human issue. An informational footnote and a table are included in the paper.

Table of Contents:
Latino Immigration Compared to European
Illegal Immigration

From the Paper:

"As is true with social mobility in advanced capitalistic societies like the United States, assimilation into the mainstream mainly occurs as an individual, family-based, process. Intergenerational upward mobility is more limited, but in high-tech societies immigrant families who bring human and cultural capial have an advance over low-wage earners with little formal schooling. Also, the idea of assimilation from the Hispanic/Latin perspective is of a dual nature, and fluid. Just as American society has recognized the need to print numerous publications in at least two languages (English and Spanish), so too does society now tend to assimilate itself upon Latin culture (Cinqo de Mayo, ethnic foods, etc.). Arguments that find assimilation to be either positive or negative for contemporary Latin populations, though, often forget that regardless of the model that was studies prior to 1960, so many changes have taken place that one can celebrate their language and cultural heritage far, far easier than one might safely do so in 1910. In fact, with the emphasis on diversity training, ethnic inclusion, and so much diversity abounding, it is not unusual to find Hispanics celebrating their ethicity with then an interesting underlying current of inner bias (Mexican vs. Cuban, Puerto Rican vs. Nicaraguan, etc.). Pressure has relented from the mainstream White culture and we now see bias and racism focused inward either from economic or sub-ethnic groupings ."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alba, R. and V. Nee. Remaking the American Mainstream. New Haven, CT: Havard University Press, 2006.
  • Alden, E. The Closing of the American Border. New York, 2009.
  • Bryant, J. "The Great Depression and the New Deal." 4 April 1998. Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute. <>.
  • Bureau, U.S. Census. "Hispanic Latino Population Survey." 2008. Population Profiles. <>.
  • Cannelos, P.S. "Obama Victory Took Root in Kennedy-Inspired Immigration Act." 11 November 2008. The Boston Globe. <>.

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