Jocelyn Murillo Dennis Lopez EWS 202 Harvest of Empire Ch. 8 ● This chapter explains how Central Americans came to immigrate to the United States and what the process was like for Salvadoreños, Nicaragüenses, Guatemaltecos, Hondureños, and so forth. ● Social chaos and revolution ravaged Central America during the 70’s and 80’s, forcing many Central Americans to flee to the United States. ● In addition to this, Central America is one of the poorest regions in the Americas. Poverty worsened as a result of the Latin American debt crisis of the 80’s, contributing to the continuing flow of immigration into the US. ○ A cat eats more beef than a Central American?! ● Despite the violence that occurred in Central America (which the US often funded), the US hardly granted any political asylum requests except in the case of Nicaragüenses, of whom 25.2% were granted asylum. ○ This was because Washington was trying to put an end to the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. ● Washington’s obsession with stopping communism was their justification to intervene in Central America and often worsened the situation. ● Nicaragua: Somoza dynasty ruled Nicaragua for over 40 years and was notorious for being a repressive regime. The Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional was founded in 1962 to topple Somoza. The FSLN did not receive as much support until the 1972 earthquake that hit the capital of Managua. After the disaster, Somoza and his soldiers stole millions of dollar’s worth of foreign aid, crippling the devastated city further. The
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