Media Reaction

Topics: Immigration to the United States, United States, Mexican American Pages: 4 (1207 words) Published: September 28, 2013


Media Reaction: Hispanic Immigration
Daniel C.
SOC 315
August 10, 2013
Professor Jenel C.

Media Reaction: Hispanic Immigration

Tens of millions of immigrants over four centuries have made the United States what it is today. They came to make new lives and livelihood in the New World; their hard work benefited themselves and their new home country (Diner, 2008). Immigration is the movement of people into another country or region to which they are not native in order to settle. Approximately 11.5 million of U.S. immigrants are Hispanic. The first significant wave of Hispanic workers coming into the United States began in the early years of the twentieth century (Uneasy Neighbors: A Brief History of Mexican-U.S. Migration, 2007). Mexicans became the convenient scapegoats for widespread joblessness and budget shortages, as Douglas Massey points out in Beyond Smoke and Mirrors (2003). Hispanics were accused, paradoxically, of both “taking away jobs from Americans” and “living off public services.” Mexican immigrants and their descendants now make up a significant portion of the U.S. population and have become one of the most influential social and cultural groups in the country. Mexican American culture will likely continue to shape U.S. life in language, politics, food, and daily living and will help define the nation's identity for a new century.

In watching The Other Side - Mexico, it portrays the Mexican immigration side of the story. In the beginning of the clip you see the emotional toll one has to go through with leaving family behind so that they may have a fresh start in the U.S. When coming to the states they are taking a risk of being deported, then may never be able to get granted to come back to America. Immigrants are always feeling the pressure of this because they are being constantly supervised with their actions. The video clip shows not only the positives but also the negative side to having to travel...

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