This research paper focuses on the pull and push factors that influence tremendous migrations to the United States. In this research paper I will use the book called A History of Latinos in America: Harvest of Empire by Juan Gonzalez to convey the historical information. The way I will approach this paper is by conducting a thorough analysis between the two groups that were impacted by the push and pull factors. I will use examples and quotes from the book and articles to convey the information. This will help the reader comprehend the message being conveyed by the author creating a sense of logic, order, and understanding in this research paper.
The pull and push factors that influence the significant amount of migrations to the United States can be asserted to economical reasons. These economical reasons contribute to initiating the idea to migrate. The two specific immigrant groups that I will discuss are Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. One of the main reasons that immigrants pull from their respective countries is because of an economic motive. According to Riley, the economic motives that influence migrations is the idea of better economic opportunities such as more jobs and the promise of a better life. (Riley, 2011) In the late half of the 20th century, many people where brain drained to America from several Western nations. (Riley, 2011) In other words, people believe that the United States is a great nation to migrate to because there is economic mobility. This exemplifies how people tend to migrate to other nations because of these pull factors. Another reason why they pull away from the their countries is because aside from the more opportunity they will receive, they also see it as freedom from their government. The push factors to migration towards the United States are distinct from the pull factors. According to Riley, “economic push factors tend to be the exact reversal of the pull factors; a lack of economic