Mexican Immigration to the United States: Unauthorized Illegal Migrants Deserve Human Rights

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Mexican Immigration to the United States:
Unauthorized Illegal Migrants Deserve Human Rights

David Vaughan
December 8, 2008
Capella University
HS5334 - Ethnic and Cultural Awareness
Dr. David Owens

TABLE OF CONTENTS

…………………………………………………………………….………….…ii ABSTRACT ………………………………………………………………..….iv Chapter I: Introduction…………………………………………………….…….1 Mexican-U.S. Immigration History…………………………………..……...1 Border Policies…………………………………………………………...…1 Needs, Human Rights, Psychological Pathology, and Risks………………..2 Chapter II: Historical Perspective of Mexican Migration to the U.S.…...……...2 Chapter III: Clinical Issues and Solutions Facing Undocumented Immigrants…5 Costs and Risks of Illegal Immigrants’ Needs…………………………...….5 Psychological Damage Before, During, and After Migration…………....…6 Human Rights Violations or Ethical Boundaries Along the US Border…….6 Clinical Solutions……………….…………………………………………...8 Chapter IV: The Matrículas Consulares ……………………………………....11 Undocumented Immigrants with Consular Registrations in the U.S.…..….11 Chapter V: Personal Clinical Competencies for Undocumented Immigrants…12 Chapter VI: Increased Cultural Awareness..........................................................14 References…………………………………………………...………………….15 Appendix 1…..…………………………..…………………………….………..v

Human Services Graduate School

Capella University

Author:David Vaughan

Title:Mexican Immigration to the United States: Unauthorized Illegal Migrants Deserve Human Rights

Graduate Degree/Major: MS in Human Services, Mental Health Counseling

Month/Year:2010
Number of Pages:17
Style Manual Used:American Psychological Association, 5th edition

ABSTRACT

In the United States, Mexican immigration has continued virtually uninterrupted for over 160 years. There is no doubt that Mexican migration across US borders is the most significant social phenomena of our time, representing the single largest population movement in history. Most often, the decision to migrate may be taken by the husband alone, without consulting his wife. Yet women also migrate to the United States against the wishes of their husbands and parents, representing nearly half the Mexican immigrant population. Undocumented Mexican immigrants bring with them migration stresses, continuous adaptation, family structural shifting, and the effects of multilevel discrimination affecting the family’s well being. This paper addresses the current and historical relationship between the United States government and the Mexican federal government, as regards the vast immigration of people crossing over the US-Mexican borders. It further explores the needs of Mexican immigrants, their reasons for leaving their homes and families in lieu of a better life, and whether international boundaries that prevent migration can be justified from an ethical standpoint, or whether human rights are being violated, including the emotional and psychological impact migration has on splintered families migrating to the U.S. and how counseling can benefit them.

~~~ Chapter I: Introduction ~~~

A young man from Mexico was meeting with his immigration attorney. In order to properly assess how to handle his case, the attorney asked him how he had come to the United States. Did he come with a border crossing card, or a student or tourist visa? Perhaps he had come with his parents when he was a child. How had he crossed the border? The young man looked at her and answered matter-of-factly, ‘Corriendo.” Running.[1] Migrations from Mexico to the Unites States have existed for 160 years. Immigrants “with unprecedented numbers of undocumented workers (illegal)—workers who serve the U.S. economy’s needs, but who are very badly served by this economy,” (Allard, 2009, pp. 81-82) receive a backlash reaction, as has occurred in this country “each time a new immigrant group reaches...
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