Mexican Immigration: Cause and Effect

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Running head: MEXICAN IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES: CAUSE AND EFFECT Mexican Immigration to the United States: Cause and Effect It is estimated that approximately 850,000 Latinos immigrate to the United States each year, a number that has steadily increased by 500,000 annually since 1990. The vast influx of immigrants over the last decade is not unfamiliar to the United States. As an immigrant country the U.S. has experienced various waves of immigration since the early 16th century. Throughout history immigration has not only affected the U.S. economy and culture but the social attitudes towards immigrants as well. (OCDE 2006) In the past Americans have placed blame on immigrants for social and economic instabilities. We have seen anti-Semitism, racism, segregation and various other forms of discrimination toward immigrants for decades. As a result a sense of “otherness” has developed towards particular minority groups, creating a separation between “us” as citizens, and “them” as immigrants. Intern this separation has fostered social diasporas amongst generations. Currently American society is establishing the same sense of “otherness” as we have seen in the past towards Latino’s, our most recent immigrants to the United States. The “Otherness” ideology is one that is created through psycho cultural anxieties. These anxieties stem when communities undergo cultural, social and economic transformations. Creating an immigrant “Other” is a way of dealing with these instabilities. As an immigrant population increases, the fear or threat of the “Other” taking over a community intensifies as well. Through popular culture, media and social hysteria over immigration, this “Otherness” evolves through social myths. These ideologies allow the “Others” to be seen as “parasites draining the economy or as criminals taking our
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