Mexican Americans and Immigrants During the Great Depression Essay

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The U.S. is known as a land of opportunity and has always attracted many peoples from different parts of the world. Many come with hope of improving their lives and seek a stable job that will be sufficient in supporting their families. Many people pursued the American Dream, and there are plenty who still do today, and achieved it. Despite the many success stories that have taken place, they were not as likely to transpire during the 1930s as they would have been during another time period. Due to the poor economy and lack of abundant jobs, the U.S. had to go through drastic measures to ensure that Americans, specifically white Americans, had a better chance of finding employment. This included discouraging immigration immensely. When …show more content…
Consequently, immigration rates declined during the 1930s. The number of immigrants surpassed the number of emigrants only by about 70,000. The number of immigrants was 528,331 and that of the emigrants was 459,738. There were more emigrants than immigrants during the years 1932-1935 (U.S. Census Bureau).These statistics show that the government really cracked down on the quotas and LPC clause because the numbers of immigrants were once so much higher than they had been during the 1930s. There were many immigrants that realized that their poverty and misery would not be alleviated in the U.S., so some willingly went home. Some of the emigration during the 1932-1935 was a direct result of the Mexican Repatriation because so many Mexicans and Mexican Americans were moved out. Usually the U.S. had overwhelming numbers of people wanting to come in and very few emigrants, but the dreadful conditions of the U.S. in the Great Depression did not make the U.S. very appealing. Secondly, as the Great Depression began to recede in the mid-1930s, many Americans had jobs because of the New Deal programs while immigrants still had a hard time finding work, but not as hard as it had been before, due to restrictions. After 1935, when the New Deal program was in full swing, the WPA (Works Progress Administration) helped the Mexican Americans and immigrants greatly by employing them to be a part of the