The United States of America at its core , since its founding days has been a melting pot of diverse ethinicities. The ancestry of current U.S Citizens be it Irish, German dutch, Chinese, or British heritage, in the United States can be traced back to Immigrants through Ellis Island who came looking for work, and a better life or Slave ships for African Americans immigrants , who where shipped here to work.
In 1945, with the European, Chinese economies in shambles from the devastating effects of the World War 2, the United States experienced a huge increase in immigration from European, Spanish speaking and Asian Countries. This huge inflow coupled with domestic containment fears of communism, paved the way for American restrictionism and mistreatment, for a particular race of immigrants especially those from Asian, and Mexican countries. Working in the Southwest for low wages, and living in deplorable living conditions, Asian and Mexican immigrants were socially excluded , both on a local and national level, and not afforded any basic human rights except that of being human.
This blog will merely paint a portrait of the discourse, anti-communistic rhetoric and laws that surrounded Mexican and Asian Immigration in the 1950`s that shaped a generation, struggling with communism and institutional bias and racial acceptance. Our response section will draw thematic connections and conclusions with present day immigration rhetoric and policy.
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